Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Student interaction with a virtual learning environment: an empirical study of online engagement behaviours during and since the time of COVID-19. (2023)
Conference Proceeding
JOHNSTON, P., ZARB, M. and MORENO-GARCIA, C.F. 2023. Student interaction with a virtual learning environment: an empirical study of online engagement behaviours during and since the time of COVID-19. In Proceedings of the 2023 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2023),18-21 October 2023, College Station, TX, USA. Piscataway: IEEE [online], article number 10343048. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1109/fie58773.2023.10343048

This paper presents an experience report of online attendance and associated behavioural patterns during a module in the first complete semester undertaken fully online in the autumn of 2020, and the corresponding module deliveries in 2021 and 2022.... Read More about Student interaction with a virtual learning environment: an empirical study of online engagement behaviours during and since the time of COVID-19..

Evaluating a pass/fail grading model in first year undergraduate computing. (2023)
Conference Proceeding
ZARB, M., MCDERMOTT, R., MARTIN, K., YOUNG, T. and MCGOWAN, J. 2023. Evaluating a pass/fail grading model in first year undergraduate computing. In Proceedings of the 2023 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2023), 18-21 October 2023, College Station, TX, USA. Piscataway: IEEE [online], article 10343276. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE58773.2023.10343276

This Innovative Practice Full Paper investigates the implications of implementing a Pass/Fail marking scheme within the undergraduate curriculum, specifically across first year computing modules in a Scottish Higher Education Institution. The motivat... Read More about Evaluating a pass/fail grading model in first year undergraduate computing..

A research on the use of learning by developing action model in computing studies in Finland and the UK HEIs. (2023)
Conference Proceeding
LINTILÄ, T. and ZARB, M. 2023. A research on the use of learning by developing action model in computing studies in Finland and the UK HEIs. In Chova, L.G., Martínez. C.G. and Lees, J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 17th International technology, education and development conference (INTED 2023), 6-8 March 2023, Valencia, Spain. Valencia: IATED [online], pages 3261-3269. Available from: https://doi.org/10.21125/inted.2023.0897

This article describes a study in which the Learning by Developing (LbD) action model has been used as a teaching and learning method for computing students in Finland and the United Kingdom. The study has been carried out as action research, and the... Read More about A research on the use of learning by developing action model in computing studies in Finland and the UK HEIs..

They gave me an opportunity, and I took it: motivations and concerns of adult apprentices. (2023)
Journal Article
SMITH, S., FABIAN, K., TAYLOR-SMITH, E., BARR, M., BERG, T., BRATTON, A., KOLBERG, M., PATERSON, J. and ZARB, M. 2023. They gave me an opportunity, and I took it: motivations and concerns of adult apprentices. Journal of vocational education and training [online] Latest Articles. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2023.2255576

In the UK context of an ageing population, degree apprenticeships represent a new opportunity to study for a degree while working. Apprentices are full-time employees granted time to study for a degree with a significant workplace learning component.... Read More about They gave me an opportunity, and I took it: motivations and concerns of adult apprentices..

Managing group projects in undergraduate computing. (2023)
Presentation / Conference
SCOTT, M.J., ALSHAIGY, B., SIEGEL, A.A. and ZARB, M. 2023. Managing group projects in undergraduate computing. Panel presented at the 28th Annual conference on innovation and technology in computer science education (ITiCSE 2023), 8-12 July 2023, Turku, Finland.

This panel convenes four educators, each from different institutions and each with experience managing group projects. Their expertise spans topics including: peer assessment and peer evaluation; entrepreneurship; transdisciplinarity; internationalis... Read More about Managing group projects in undergraduate computing..

Empowering inquiry-based learning in short courses for professional students. (2023)
Conference Proceeding
MARTIN, K., ZARB, M., MCDERMOTT, R. and YOUNG, T. 2023. Empowering inquiry-based learning in short courses for professional students. In Chova, L.G., Martínez, C.G. and Lees, J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 17th International technology, education and development conference 2023 (INTED 2023), 6-8 March 2023, Valencia, Spain. Valencia: IATED [online], pages 5404-5409. Available from: https://doi.org/10.21125/inted.2023.1407

This paper presents the pedagogic underpinning for the development of an online postgraduate short course educating participants on multi-modal data science, specifically within the context of the digital health industry. The growing digital health s... Read More about Empowering inquiry-based learning in short courses for professional students..

Piloting the learning by developing action model pedagogy in Finland HEIs. (2022)
Conference Proceeding
LINTILÄ, T. and ZARB, M. 2022. Piloting the learning by developing action model pedagogy in Finland HEIs. In Chova, L.G., Martínez, A.L. and Lees, J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 15th Annual international conference of education, research and innovation (ICERI2022), 7-9 November 2022, Seville, Spain. Valenca: IATED [online], pages 1856-1865. Available from: https://doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2022.0474

This article describes a study at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Haaga-Helia) that aims to understand how suitable the Learning by Developing (LbD) action model is as a teaching and learning method for computing students. The research al... Read More about Piloting the learning by developing action model pedagogy in Finland HEIs..

The impact of COVID-19 on the CS student learning experience: how the pandemic has shaped the educational landscape. (2022)
Conference Proceeding
SIEGEL, A.A., ZARB, M., ANDERSON, E., CRANE, B., GAO, A., LATULIPE, C., LOVELLETTE, E., MCNEILL, F. and MEHARG, D. 2022. The impact of COVID-19 on the CS student learning experience: how the pandemic has shaped the educational landscape. In ITiCSE-WGR'22: proceedings of the 2022 Working group reports (WGR), co-located with the 27th Innovation and technology in computer science education annual conference (ITiCSE-WGR '22), 11-13 July 2022, Dublin, Ireland. New York: ACM [online], pages 165-190. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/3571785.3574126

Students have experienced incredible shifts in their learning environments, brought about by the response of universities to the ever-changing public health mandates driven by waves and stages of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Initially, these... Read More about The impact of COVID-19 on the CS student learning experience: how the pandemic has shaped the educational landscape..

Piloting the learning by development action model pedagogy in UK HEIs. (2022)
Conference Proceeding
LINTILÄ, T. and ZARB, M. 2022. Piloting the learning by development action model pedagogy in UK HEIs. In Proceedings of the 2022 Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2022): grand challenges in engineering education, 8-11 October 2022, Uppsala, Sweden. Piscataway: IEEE [online]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE56618.2022.9962469

This Research to Practice full paper presents pilot implementations of the Learning by Developing (LbD) at a higher educational institution in the UK as part of a project-based module. The study analyses the students' experiences of LbD and the perce... Read More about Piloting the learning by development action model pedagogy in UK HEIs..

Implementing a large files policy for assessment submission. (2022)
Presentation / Conference
ZARB, M. and LYTWYNENKO, J. 2022. Implementing a large files policy for assessment submission. Presented at the 2022 RGU annual learning and teaching conference (RGU LTC 2022): enhancing for impact, 21 October 2022, Aberdeen, UK.

All coursework submitted within the School of Computing goes through CampusMoodle. However, this is not always a practicable solution due to its 500MB file limit, and the growing complexity of files submitted for student work. Some modules in the Sch... Read More about Implementing a large files policy for assessment submission..

Teaching during COVID-19: (international) lessons learnt in computing. (2022)
Presentation / Conference
ZARB, M. 2022. Teaching during COVID-19: (international) lessons learnt in computing. Presented at the 2022 RGU annual learning and teaching conference (RGU LTC 2022): enhancing for impact, 21 October 2022, Aberdeen, UK.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced an unprecedented global shift within higher education in the ways that we educate students. Computing education traditionally focuses on experiential, in-person activities. The pandemic has mandated that educators... Read More about Teaching during COVID-19: (international) lessons learnt in computing..

Weathering the storm. (2022)
Presentation / Conference
WORK, F. and the RGU INSTITUTIONAL RESILIENCE PROJECT GROUP. 2022. Weathering the storm. Presented at the 2022 RGU annual learning and teaching conference (RGU LTC 2022): enhancing for impact, 21 October 2022, Aberdeen, UK.

Resilient Learning Communities is the 2020-2023 sector-wide QAA Enhancement theme (QAA 2020), with a specific aim to improve the student learning experience. QAA Enhancement themes involve institutions, staff and students working together to share pr... Read More about Weathering the storm..

Escaping traditional outreach: digital escape rooms to engage potential students. (2022)
Presentation / Conference
MARTIN, K., WRIGHT, R. and ZARB, M. 2022. Escaping traditional outreach: digital escape rooms to engage potential students. Presented at the 2022 RGU annual learning and teaching conference (RGU LTC 2022): enhancing for impact, 21 October 2022, Aberdeen, UK.

Outreach has been linked to many advantages, including improving access for typically disadvantaged students and raising their completion rates. The "Access To" programme is an outreach initiative for under-represented groups in secondary education.... Read More about Escaping traditional outreach: digital escape rooms to engage potential students..

Responding to crisis: creating a wellness video. (2022)
Presentation / Conference
LYTWYNENKO, J. and ZARB, M. 2022. Responding to crisis: creating a wellness video. Presented at the 2022 RGU annual learning and teaching conference (RGU LTC 2022): enhancing for impact, 21 October 2022, Aberdeen, UK.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it became increasingly clear that students were struggling with their productivity and mental health, which was institutionally evident in the increasing number of drop-in requests we were getting during Office Hours... Read More about Responding to crisis: creating a wellness video..

A reflection on lessons learnt with tackling grade inflation. (2022)
Presentation / Conference
LYTWYNENKO, J. and ZARB, M. 2022. A reflection on lessons learnt with tackling grade inflation. Presented at the 2022 RGU annual learning and teaching conference (RGU LTC 2022): enhancing for impact, 21 October 2022, Aberdeen, UK.

A common issue with the academic process is that of grade inflation, or the over-abundance of good grades, which directly leads to a perceived loss of grade value by employers. Throughout the past several years during Assessment Boards within the Sch... Read More about A reflection on lessons learnt with tackling grade inflation..

COVID-19, students and the new educational landscape. (2022)
Conference Proceeding
SIEGEL, A.A., ZARB, M., ANDERSON, E., CRANE, B., GAO, A., LATULIPE, C., LOVELLETTE, E., MCNEILL, F. and MEHARG, D. 2022. COVID-19, students and the new education landscape. In ITiCSE '22: proceedings of the 27th ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education 2022 (ITiCSE'22), 8-13 July 2022, Dublin, Ireland. New York: ACM [online], pages 574-575. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/3502717.3532167

Students have experienced incredible shifts in the in their learning environments, brought about by the response of universities to the ever-changing public health mandates driven by waves and stages of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Initially,... Read More about COVID-19, students and the new educational landscape..

Teaching through a global pandemic: educational landscapes before, during and after COVID-19. (2021)
Conference Proceeding
SIEGEL, A.A., ZARB, M., ALSHAIGY, B., BLANCHARD, J., CRICK, T., GLASSEY, R., HOTT, J.R., LATULIPE, C., RIEDESEL, C., SENAPATHI, M., SIMON and WILLIAMS, D. 2021. Teaching through a global pandemic: educational landscapes before, during and after COVID-19. In ITiCSE-WGR '21: proceedings of the 26th ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) conference Working group reports on Innovation and technology in computer science education 2021, June 26 - July 1 2021, [virtual conference]. New York: ACM [online], pages 1-25. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/3502870.3506565

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced an unprecedented global shift within higher education in how instructors communicate with and educate students. This necessary paradigm shift has compelled educators to take a critical look at their teac... Read More about Teaching through a global pandemic: educational landscapes before, during and after COVID-19..

A multi-institutional exploration of the social mobility potential of degree apprenticeships. (2021)
Journal Article
SMITH, S., TAYLOR-SMITH, E., FABIAN, K., ZARB, M., PATERSON, J., BARR, M. and BERG, T. 2021. A multi-institutional exploration of the social mobility potential of degree apprenticeships. Journal of education and work [online], 34(4), pages 488-503. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2021.1946494

This mixed-method study at six universities asked degree apprentices about their trajectories into the apprenticeship, to better understand the social mobility potential of apprenticeships. The degree apprenticeship offers a route to a degree for app... Read More about A multi-institutional exploration of the social mobility potential of degree apprenticeships..

Experiences of piloting the learning by developing action model in a computing science context. (2021)
Conference Proceeding
LINTILÄ, T. and ZARB, M. 2021. Experiences of piloting the learning by developing action model in a computing science context. In Gómez Chova, L., López Martínez, A. and Candel Torres, I. (eds.) EDULEARN 21: proceedings of the 13th international conference on Education and new learning technologies 2021 (EDULEARN 2021), 5-6 July 2021, [virtual conference]. Valencia: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED) [online], pages 3036-3042. To be available from: https://doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2021

This article describes the piloting of the Learning by Developing (LbD) action model in the UK. The purpose of the pilot is to study how a pedagogical method based on the LbD can be introduced in computing students in the UK. The LbD action model has... Read More about Experiences of piloting the learning by developing action model in a computing science context..

Educational landscapes during and after COVID-19. (2021)
Conference Proceeding
SIEGEL, A.A., ZARB, M., ALSHAIGY, B., BLANCHARD, J., CRICK, T., GLASSEY, R., HOTT, J.R., LATULIPE, C., RIEDESEL, C., SENAPATHI, M., SIMON. and WILLIAMS, D. 2021. Educational landscapes during and after COVID-19. In Proceedings of the 26th Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Innovation and technology in computer science education conference 2021 (ITiCSE '21), 26 June - 1 July 2021, [virtual conference]. New York: ACM [online], pages 597-598. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/3456565.3461439

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced an unprecedented global shift within higher education in the ways that we communicate with and educate students. This necessary paradigm shift has compelled educators to take a critical look at their tea... Read More about Educational landscapes during and after COVID-19..