Uppsala Computing Education Research Group (UpCERG)

Uppsala Computing Education Reserach Group (UpCERG) is lead by Professor Arnold Pears, and I have been a member of the group for around 15 years – even though I am not one of the group´s most active members. Today the UpCERG group consists of around ten senior researchers and five PhD students. You find the activity of the group on Facebook if you are curious 🙂

The UpCERG group has a very strong international network, and we host many visiting reserachers who spend their sabbatical with us at the department.This semester Steve Frezza from Gannon University is here visiting.

I would describe the group as world-leading and one of the largest groups in Euope in computer science education. The reserach group is also one of the most productive reserach groups we have a the department, and there are numerous publications coming out every year. Many of the publications are indeed very relevant for faculty teaching at the university, and they are a recommended read!

My work in computer science education is non-funded which makes it less burdened down by administration, and I can spend the time I want on writing papers and doing different studies. I am co-supervising one PhD student, Tina Vrieler, in the UpCERG group together with Aletta Nylén (excellent main supervisor) and Arnold Pears. Tina Vrieler started her PhD in October and will work in the area of gender and summer schools in IT. She has done her first data collection, and has submitted an abstract to Frontiers in Education.