Otago Polytechnic

Research from Dale Parsons

Departments: College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences

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Dale is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Information Technology. She teaches programming in the Bachelor of Information Technology. Her main area of research is in Computing Education.

Conference Contribution - Other

Wood,K., Parsons,D.,Gasson J., and Haden,P. (2016) Flying or Flailing: A Study of Affect when Learning to Program. Lightning Talk, International Computing Education Research Workshop, International Computing Education Research Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, September 8–12, 2016.
Peer reviewed abstract.

Gasson, J., Haden, P., Parsons, D., and Wood, K. (2016) Exploring the Role of Affect when Learning to Program. Critical Research Review workshop, International Computing Education Research Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia September 8-12, 2016

Parsons, D., Wood, K. & Gasson, J. (2012) Classroom Uses of Version Control Tools, Lightning Talk, International Computing Education Research Workshop, International Computing Education Research Conference, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland,10 – 11 September 2012. Peer reviewed abstract.

Parson, D., Wood, K., and Gasson, J. (2012) It’s Never Too Early: Pair Programming in CS1, Lightning Talk, International Computing Education Research Workshop, International Computing Education Research Conference, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland,10 – 11 September 2012. Peer reviewed abstract.

Parsons, D. (2010) Numeracy tools. NACCQ Conference, Dunedin. 5 - 9 July. http://naccq.ac.nz/index.php/conference-2010

Clear, T., Oliver, R., Parsons, D. and Steele, A. (2010) First Year Programming.
NACCQ Conference, Dunedin. 5 - 9 July. Invited participant in a panel discussion surrounding issues in the teaching of novice programmers. http://naccq2010.infotech.ac.nz/index.php/friday-9th-july

Parsons, D (2005) Using Drag and Drop Puzzles to Teach Introductory Programming Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Tauranga 10 - 13 July 366

Parsons, D (2004) Focused Discussion Group on The Teaching of Programming The 17th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications NACCQ, Christchurch 6 - 9 July

Parsons, D (2002) Where to Now? Searching for the ideal group assessment method Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Hamilton 2 - 5 July 489

Smith, L & Parsons D (2002) Automating Student Evaluation Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications Hamilton 2- 5 July 497

Parsons, D (2001) Assessing an Individual's Contribution to Group Work 14th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Napier July 452

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Parsons, D., Wood, K. & Haden, P. (2015) What are we doing when we assess programming? 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2015), Sydney, Australia. Conferences in
Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 160, eds D. D'Souza and K. Falkner.

Sheard, J. ,Simon, Dermoudy, J., D'Souza,D., Hu, M. & Parsons, D. (2014) Benchmarking a set of exam questions for introductory programming. Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, p.113-121, January 20-23, 2014, Auckland, New Zealand. Double blind peer reviewed paper.

Wood, K., Parsons, D., Gasson, J., Haden, P. (2013) It’s Never Too Early: Pair Programming In CS1. Fifteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 29 January - 1 February 2013. http://crpit.com/Vol136.html

Parsons, D. (2008) Intervention tools for low end programmers. Proceedings of the Twenty First Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications. ISSN 1176-8053.
4-7 July. http://naccq08.unitec.ac.nz/proceedings/index.html

Parsons, D. & Haden, P. (2007) Programming osmosis: knowledge transfer from imperative to visual programming enviroments. In Mann, S., & Bridgeman, N. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualification. ISSN 1176-8053. 8-11 July. 209-215.

Parsons, D. & Haden, P. (2006) Parson’s Programming Puzzles: A Fun and Effective Learning Tool for First Programming Courses. In Tolhurst, D. & Mann, S., Proceedings of the Australasian Computing Education Conference 2006, Hobart, Australia. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 52.

Parsons, D (2004) Justice in the Classroom: Peer Assessment of Contributions in Group Projects The National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ) Proceedings of the 17th NACCQ, Christchurch 6-9 July 145-152 http://www.naccq.ac.nz/conference05/proceedings_04/parsons.pdf

Parsons, D. and Kassabova, D (2002) Group Work and Fair Assessment: A Case Study Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the NACCQ, Hamilton ISBN 0-473-08747-2 2 - 5 July 341-347 http://site.tekotago.ac.nz/staticdata/papers02/papers/parsons341.pdf

Journal Article

Smit, R. Parsons, D. & Brook, P. (2005) Increasing retention through artefact enhanced learning The National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ) Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology Vol. 3, Issue 3 December http://www.naccq.ac.nz/bacit/0303/2005Smit_AEL.htm

Other

Parsons, D & Haden, P (2005) Parson’s Programming Puzzles: A Fun and Effective Learning Tool for First Programming Courses Department of Information Technology and Electrotechnology, Otago Polytechnic Technical Report Series 2005/02 http://bitweb.tekotago.ac.nz

Oral Presentation

Parsons, D (2005) Camtasia: The use of Camtasia for creating movies, demos, presentations.
Staff Seminar
Tinkering with Technology Series.
Otago Polytechnic

Parsons, D (2005) MS Producer: Using MS Producer to add audio and video to Power Point presentations

Tinkering with Technology Series.
Otago Polytechnic presentation to staff

Parsons, D (2005) Breaking New Ground: Examples of Flexible Teaching and Learning

Flexible Learning and Teaching Festival.
Otago Polytechnic presentation to staff

Parsons, D (2005) Assessing Groupwork Learning and Teaching Programme

Learning and Teaching Programme.
Otago Polytechnic staff development course

Thesis – Masters/Doctoral

Parsons, D (2002) Justice in the Classroom: Peer Assessment of Contributions in Group Projects Research study submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a Masters of Education. University of Otago library, Dunedin September 122 pages

Research and Expertise