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Research is key to Otago Polytechnic’s role as a tertiary education provider. A strong research culture means better education for students and a great overall benefit to the wider community. Our teaching and learning activities are underpinned by research, which means all teaching practitioners are current in their field of expertise and in their teaching practice.

This not only develops the capability of our staff, but of our students and graduates. We are drawing on our institutional strengths and core capabilities to engage with collaborators, with the professions, with industry and our communities, and we apply our expertise to help solve challenges. 

 

Research from Patricia Haden

Patricia Haden holds a B.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego. After immigrating to New Zealand in 1994, she became the Director of Networked Medical Education at the University of Otago Medical School, developing software for teaching, training and assessment. She joined the School of ICT in 2002. She teaches advanced software development and is the Schools Research Coordinator.

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Haden, P., Gasson, J., Wood, K. and Parsons, D. (2016) Can You Learn To Teach Programming in Two Days? In Proceedings of 18th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2016), February 2-5, 2016 Canberra, Australia. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2843063

Parsons, D., Wood, K. and Haden, P. (2015) What Are We Doing When We Assess Programming? In Proc. 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2015) Sydney, Australia. CRPIT, 160. D'Souza, D and Falkner, K. Eds., ACS. 119-127 (Awarded Best Paper, 2015) http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/ace2015/program.html

Gasson, J. and Haden, P. (2014) Modern Digital Literacy: The Computer Science Curriculum Goes Mainstream. Proceedings of the 31st ASCILITE Conference. 23-26 November, 2014, Dunedin, NZ http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/dunedin2014/files/fullpapers/64-Gasson.pdf

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 http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2667201

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. This study described the use of a Visual Programming Language (VPL) tool in an introductory programing paper. The results indicated that there was only minimal transfer between the VPL and traditional programming environments, arguing against the inclusion of VPLs as a substantial component of the introductory programming curriculum.

Simon, Cutts, Q., Fincher, S., Haden, P., Robins, A., Sutton, K., Baker, B., Box, I., de Raadt, M., Hamer, J., Hamilton, M., Lister, R., Petre, M., Tolhurst, D. and Tutty, J. (2006) The ability to articulate strategy as a predictor of programming skill. In Tolhurst, D. & Mann, S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Computing Education Conference 2006, Hobart, Australia. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 52.

Simon, Fincher, S., Robins, A., Baker, B., Box, I., Cutts, C., de Raadt, M., Haden, P., Hamer, J., Hamilton, M., Lister, R., Petre, M., Sutton, K., Tolhurst, D. and Tutty, J. (2006) Predictors of success in a first programming course. In Tolhurst, D. & Mann, S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Computing Education Conference 2006, Hobart, Australia. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 52.

Tolhurst, D., Baker, B., Hamer, J. , Box, I., Lister, R., Cutts, Q., Petre, M., de Raadt, M., Robins, A., Fincher, S., Simon, Haden, P., Sutton, K., Hamilton, M. and Tutty, J. (2006) Do map drawing styles of novice programmers predict success in programming? A multi-national ,multi-institutional study. In Tolhurst, D. & Mann, S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Computing Education Conference 2006, Hobart, Australia. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 52.

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.

Haden, P. (2006) The Incredible Rainbow Spitting Chicken: Teaching Traditional Programming Skills Through Games Programming. 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.

Robins, A., Haden, P., & Garner, S. (2006) Problem distribution in a CS1 Course. 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.

de Raadt, M., Hamilton, M., Lister, R., Tutty, J., Baker, B., Cutts, Q., Fincher, S., Hamer, J., Haden, P., Petre, M., Robins, A., Simon, Sutton, K. & Tolhurst, D. (2005) Approaches to learning in computer programming students and their effect of success. Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Proceedings of the 2005 Annual International Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). University of Sydney, Australia. 3-6 July, 2005 pp. 407-414 http://conference.herdsa.org.au/2005/pdf/refereed/paper_235.pdf

Garner, S. Haden, P. Robins, A. (2005) My Program is Correct But it Doesn't Run: A Preliminary Investigation of Novice Programmers' Problems. Australian Computing Society Series Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology. Proceedings of the Seventh Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2005), Newcastle, Australia. Young, A. and Tolhurst, D., Eds., ISBN 1-920682-24-4. CRPIT vol 42, January, 2005 pp. 173-180 http://crpit.com/confpapers/CRPITV42Garner.pdf

Haden, P. Fincher, S. Petre, M. (2004) BRACE Yourself: CS Education Research Is Coming The National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ) Proceedings of the 16th NACCQ, Christchurch, New Zealand 6-9 July 2004 pp. 277-280 http://www.naccq.ac.nz/conference05/proceedings_04/haden_brace.pdf

Haden, P. Gasson, J. (2004) Easy and Effective Streaming for Introductory Programming Courses The National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ) Proceedings of the 16th NACCQ, Christchurch, New Zealand 6-9 July, 2004 pp. 281-284 http://www.naccq.ac.nz/conference05/proceedings_04/haden_gasson_streaming.pdf

Haden, P. Mann, S. (2003) The Trouble With Teaching Programming The National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ) Proceedings of the 15th Annual NACCQ, Palmerston North, New Zealand,(eds) Mann, S. and Williamson, A. July, 2003 pp 63-70 http://www.naccq.ac.nz/conference04/proceedings_03/pdf/63.pdf

Conference Contribution - Other

Parsons, D., Wood, K., Gasson, J. & 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 https://icer.hosting.acm.org/icer-2016/lightning-talk-and-poster-abstracts/

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

Haden, P.; Gasson, J. (2013) It Takes a Village to Teach Information Technology WiPSCE 2013 The 8th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education November 11-13, 2013 Aarhus, Denmark https://www.wipsce.org/2013/Posters/PosterHadenGasson.pdf

Thompson, M., Thamizh Selvan, M., Haden, P., & Mann, S. (2006) Rugby Moves to 3D. Poster presentation at the 19th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Wellington. ISSN 1176-83053. 7-10 July. 330. I was the staff supervisor of this student Capstone project. Students used a commercial 3D programming engine to create a rugby simulation tool for use by rugby coaches.

Journal Article

Ott,C., Robins,A., Haden, P. & Shephard, K. (2015) Illustrating performance indicators and course characteristics to support students’ self-regulated learning in CS1. Computer Science Education (2015) DOI: 10.1080/08993408.2015.1033129 http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/pCjCWfpCXbGNJufm2r4X/full

Other

Haden, P. (2005) The Incredible Rainbow Spitting Chicken: Teaching Traditional Programming Skills Through Games Programming School of Information Technology Otago Polytechnic Dunedin, New Zealand Technical Report 2005/01, School of Information Technology, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand September, 2005 6 pages The final version of this manuscript appeared in the Proceedings of the 8th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2006) http://site.tekotago.ac.nz/staticdata/technical_report/TR200501_haden_scr.pdf

Parsons, D. Haden, P. (2005) Parson's Programming Puzzles: A Fun and Effective Learning Tool for First Programming Courses School of Information Technology Otago Polytechnic Dunedin, New Zealand Technical Report 2005/02, School of Information Technology, Otago Polytechnic Dunedin, New Zealand September, 2005 7 pages The final version of this manuscript appeared in the Proceedings of the 8th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2006) http://site.tekotago.ac.nz/staticdata/technical_report/TR200502_parsons_scr.pdf

Fincher. S., Baker, B., Box, I., Cutts, I., de Raadt, M., Haden, P., Hamer, J., Hamilton, M., Lister, R. Petre, M., Simon, Robins, A., Sutton, K., Tolhurst, D., Tutty, J. (2005) Programmed to succeed?: A multi-national, multi-institutional study of introductory programming courses Computing Laboratory, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, England Technical Report 1-05, Computing Laboratory, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, England April 2005 66 pages http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/pubs/2005/2157/content.pdf

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