• Innovative Computing Education

    Child user on computer

Since 2001, educational research has been a core component of the research activities within computing at UCLan and has become firmly established as an area of scholarly activity that has impacted on the curriculum and teaching delivery within the school and wider community. The research group has two main research aims: to advance the knowledge of teaching computer science within higher education, and understand how technology can innovate teaching and learning within schools and universities. It brings together researchers with a diverse background within computing, who seek to deliver internationally recognised research that contributes to the improved delivery of computer sciences courses as well as engaging students and children through innovative use of technology. Researchers are actively involved in promoting computer sciences within schools, reflecting upon their discipline and exploring technological innovations within course delivery.

Expertise and Subject Areas

The ICE group aims to:

  • Engage children in computer programming
  • Expose and engage children in the use of technology for example holding Raspberry Pi Events
  • Analyse and innovate practices to foster greater student engagement
  • Innovate and enhance the teaching of HCI within higher education
  • Explore and evaluate the use of Computer Assisted Assessment
  • Investigate the possibilities of Mobile Learning
  • Analyse the impact Serious Games can have on learning
  • Update and improve the knowledge on the suitable evaluation methodologies for Educational Games

Publications and Outputs

Beale, R., Engelfield, P, Read, J. C. and W Wong, Eds. (2006) HCI Educators “The Yellow Book”, Proceedings HCIE2006, London, UK

Hvannberg, E. T., J. C. Read, L. Bannon, P. Kotzé and W. Wong, Eds. (2006). Inventivity: Teaching theory, design and innovation in HCI, Proceedings HCIEd2006 – 1

Gregory, A. G. and J. C. Read (2003). What Makes them Stay? The Survivors' Tale. LTSN-ICS 4th Conference, Galway, LTSN-ICS.

Read, J. C. and A. G. Gregory (2003). The How Can I (HCI) Toolkit. LTSN-ICS, Galway, EI, LTSN.

Read, J. C., P. Gregory, G. Sim and K. Taylor (2003). FleSCA - A la carte assessment. LTSN-ICS 2003, Galway, Ireland, LTSN.

May, L., Danino, N. and Mitchell, N. (2012) “The Sorting Hat: a method for assigning students into groups.” 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain.

Mitchell, N., Danino, N. and May, L. (2012) “The 4 Week Challenge: a Case Study, 5th International Conference of Education.” Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain.

Obikiwelu, C., Read, J.C. & Sim, G. (2012) “The Scaffolding Mechanism in Serious Games.” FnG 2012 Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges when Designing and Developing Games with/for Kids. Toulouse

Sim, G, Danino, N. & Horton, M. (2010) Interaction Design: What is it all about? HCIEd, Abertay.

Busque, S.S., Sim, G. & Read, J.C. (2010) “Designing a mobile application for teenagers to instruct in science careers” IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning, Porto.

Sim, G., Read, J.C. & Cockton, G. (2009) “Evidence based design of heuristics for Computer Assisted Assessment” 12th IFIP TC13 Conference in Human-Computer Interaction, Uppsala

Read, J.C., Horton, M., Sim, G. & Mazzone, E. (2009) “CRaSh-ing into HCI” In P. Kotze et al. (Ed.) Creativity and HCI: From Experience to Design in Education. (pp 218-227). New York: Springer.

Sim, G., Read, J.C., Holifield, P. & Brown, M. (2007). Heuristic Evaluations of Computer Assisted Assessment Environments. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007 (pp. 896-905). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Obikiwelu, C., Read, J.C. & Sim, G. (2012) “The Serious Game Approach to Problem-Based Learning for the Dependent Learner.” Mechanism in Serious Games.” 6th European Conference on Game Based Learning. Cork.

Sim, G., Taylor, K. & Holt, N. (2006) "Development of a multimedia cognitive behaviour programme for young offenders " World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Orlando.

Sim, G., Holifield, P. & Brown, M. (2004) “Computer Assisted Assessment: Lessons from the literature.” ALT-J, 12(3) 215-230.

Sim, G., Malik, N., & Holifield, P. (2004). “Establishing a Virtual University: A Pakistan Case Study.” World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Lugano, 2004(1), 5160-5165.

Events and News

HCI2014 – the ChiCI group will host the annual British HCI conference in September 2014

Additional Information

To find out more contact:

Dr Gavin Sim
University of Central Lancashire
C&T Building

Tel: +44 (0) 1772 89 51 62
Fax: +44 (0) 1772 89 29 15

Email: grsim@uclan.ac.uk

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