Second Level to Further Education to Third Level, the CS future is Bright!

Presented by: Keith Quille

I would like to start by sharing my story, from teaching computing in second level (and briefly in primary schools) to developing a CS further education course up to my present role as a third level lecturer and some of my CS research. I would like to expand the amazing story of CS in Ireland at the minute and why I believe its future is looking amazing. What we have to do to insure its longevity and how all educators can play their part to reduce the stereotype treat associated with computing.

Presenter Biography:

Keith is a lecturer of computing in the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Keith’s primary area of teaching is in Software Development, CS1 and CS2 (C#, Java and Python), but has also delivered a wide range of other modules. Keith is currently in his 5th year as a part time PhD candidate in Maynooth University. The Research is in Computer Science education, with several facets: Predicting student success early in CS1, using machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques, Interventions to reduce attrition in CS1 and Gender differences in CS1 to name but a few. Keith was also a Further Education and Secondary school teacher for 7 years. This was in St Conleth’s Community College. In this role and now, Keith delivers continuing professional development (CPD) to Further Education teachers in the area of software development. Keith has developed 3 coding classes for primary schools in the local area.This experience has allowed Keith to teach code and gain valuable experience in computer science education from primary school up to and including postgraduate level. Keith is also working with the NCCA to develop some resources for the upcoming Leaving Certificate Computer Science Course.