Dr Rebecca Vivian

Rebecca Vivian
Research Fellow
School of Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Dr Vivian has expertise in Computer Science Education, Teacher Training and Educational Technology. She has extensively collaborated with various stakeholders across industry, education, and government to deliver STEM education and research initiatives. She has acquired over $7.4 million in research funding, including $6.9 million from the Australian Department of Education to expand the highly successful CSER Digital Technologies teacher-training program. Her achievements as a young researcher and education leader have been acknowledged through awards such as the 2015 Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) “New Voice” in Education Leadership Research, 2016 University of Adelaide’s Women’s Research Excellence Award, the 2016 Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship Award and selection to represent computing associations at Science Meets Parliament in both 2016 and 2017. Furthermore, Dr Vivian has been one of 50 educators selected for Google’s 2014 Certified Innovative Educator Program in Sydney, Australia and receives frequent invitations to contribute her expertise from a broad range of communities (e.g. Computing, Higher Education, Teacher Education, government, industry and community associations). Dr Vivian has successfully disseminated her research through numerous publications in high-quality Computer Science education and Higher Education venues.

For an overview of our other current research projects at CSER, please visit the website.

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Dr Rebecca Vivian

Dr Vivian has expertise in Computer Science Education, Teacher Training and Educational Technology. She has extensively collaborated with various stakeholders across industry, education, and government to deliver STEM education and research initiatives. She has acquired over $7.4 million in research funding, including $6.9 million from the Australian Department of Education to expand the highly successful CSER Digital Technologies teacher-training program. Her achievements as a young researcher and education leader have been acknowledged through awards such as the 2015 Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) “New Voice” in Education Leadership Research, 2016 University of Adelaide’s Women’s Research Excellence Award, the 2016 Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship Award and selection to represent computing associations at Science Meets Parliament in both 2016 and 2017. Furthermore, Dr Vivian has been one of 50 educators selected for Google’s 2014 Certified Innovative Educator Program in Sydney, Australia and receives frequent invitations to contribute her expertise from a broad range of communities (e.g. Computing, Higher Education, Teacher Education, government, industry and community associations). Dr Vivian has successfully disseminated her research through numerous publications in high-quality Computer Science education and Higher Education venues.

For an overview of our other current research projects at CSER, please visit the website.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2012 Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
2009 - 2010 Tutorial Instructor for 'Computers, Communication and Society' University of South Australia
2005 - 2009 Pharmacy Assistant National Pharmacies

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2016 - 2017 Barbara Cail STEM Fellow Chief Executive Women
2016 Women's Research Excellence Award (Early Career Researcher) The University of Adelaide
2015 ACEL "New Voice" In Educational Leadership Research Scholarship Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL)

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2009 - 2013 The University of South Australia Australia PhD
2004 - 2008 The University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary & Primary) With Honours

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
2014 - 2014 The University of Adelaide Supervisor Induction Program University of Adelaide Australia

Certifications

Date Title Institution name Country
2015 Certificate II in Community Pharmacy National Pharmacies
2014 Google Certified Teacher Google Teacher Academy Australia
2014 The University of Adelaide Supervisor Induction Program University of Adelaide Australia

Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy, Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology and Computing, Higher Education, Information and Computing Sciences, Learning Sciences, Primary Education, Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

Journals

Year Citation
2016 Falkner, K. & Vivian, R. (2016). A review of Computer Ccience resources for learning and teaching with K-12 computing curricula: an Australian case study. Computer Science Education, 25, 4, 390-429. 10.1080/08993408.2016.1140410
2016 Vivian, R., Falkner, K., Falkner, N. & Tarmazdi, H. (2016). A method to analyse computer science students’ teamwork in online collaborative learning environments. ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 16, 2, 7-1-7-28. 10.1145/2793507
2014 Vivian, R., Barnes, A., Geer, R. & Wood, D. (2014). The academic journey of university students on Facebook: an analysis of informal academic-related activity over a semester. Research in Learning Technology, 22, 1, 24681-1-24681-16. 10.3402/rlt.v22.24681
2014 Vivian, R., Falkner, K. & Falkner, N. (2014). Addressing the challenges of a new digital technologies curriculum: MOOCs as a scalable solution for teacher professional development. Research in Learning Technology, 22, 1, 24691-1-24691-19. 10.3402/rlt.v22.24691

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2017 Falkner, K., Vivian, R., Falkner, N. & William, S. (2017). Reflecting on three offerings of a community-centric MOOC for K-6 computer science teachers. SIGCSE '17 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. Seattle, WA. 10.1145/3017680.3017712
2016 Falkner, K., Falkner, N., Szabo, C. & Vivian, R. (2016). Applying validated pedagogy to MOOCs: an introductory programming course with media computation. 2016 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE '16). Arequipa, Peru. 10.1145/2899415.2899429
2015 Falkner, K., Szabo, C., Vivian, R. & Falkner, N. (2015). Evolution of software development strategies. 2015 IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2015)). Firenze, Italy. 10.1109/ICSE.2015.153
2015 Tarmazdi, H., Vivian, R., Szabo, C., Falkner, K. & Falkner, N. (2015). Using learning analytics to visualise computer science teamwork. Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education. V. Dagiene, C. Schulte & T. Jevsikova (Eds.) Vilnius, Lithuania. 10.1145/2729094.2742613
2015 Vivian, R., Tarmazdi, H., Falkner, K., Falkner, N. & Szabo, C. (2015). The Development of A Dashboard Tool for Visualising Online Teamwork Discussions. International Conference on Software Engineering. A. Bertolino, G. Canfora & S. G. Elbaum (Eds.) Firenze, Italy. 10.1109/ICSE.2015.170
2015 Falkner, K., Vivian, R. & Falkner, N. (2015). Teaching computational thinking in K-6: the CSER digital technologies MOOC. Seventeenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2015). Sydney, Australia.
2014 Falkner, K., Vivian, R. & Falkner, N. J. G. (2014). Identifying computer science self-regulated learning strategies. 19th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2014). Uppsala, Sweden. 10.1145/2591708.2591715
2014 Falkner, N., Vivian, R., Piper, D. & Falkner, K. (2014). Increasing the effectiveness of automated assessment by increasing marking granularity and feedback units. 10.1145/2538862.2538896
2014 Vivian, R., Falkner, K. & Szabo, C. (2014). Can everybody learn to code?: computer science community perceptions about learning the fundamentals of programming. 14th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research. Koli Finland. 10.1145/2674683.2674695
2014 Falkner, K., Vivian, R. & Falkner, N. (2014). The Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum: Challenge and Opportunity. Australasian Computing Education Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
2013 Vivian, R., Falkner, K. & Falkner, N. (2013). Building consensus: Students' cognitive and metacognitive behaviours during wiki construction. Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE). Macau, China. 10.1109/LaTiCE.2013.22
2013 Vivian, R., Falkner, K. & Falkner, N. (2013). Analysing computer science students' teamwork role adoption in an online self-organised teamwork activity. Baltic Sea Conference on Computing Education Research (Koli Calling). Koli, Finland. 10.1145/2526968.2526980
2013 Falkner, K., Vivian, R. & Falkner, N. (2013). Neo-piagetian forms of reasoning in software development process construction. Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE). Macau, China. 10.1109/LaTiCE.2013.23
2013 Falkner, N., Vivian, R. & Falkner, K. (2013). Computer science education: The first threshold concept. Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE). Macau, China. 10.1109/LaTiCE.2013.32
2013 Falkner, K., Falkner, N. & Vivian, R. (2013). Collaborative learning and anxiety a phenomenographic study of collaborative learning activities. ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Conference (SIGCSE). Denver, CO. 10.1145/2445196.2445268
2013 Vivian, R., Falkner, K. & Falkner, N. (2013). Computer science students' causal attributions for successful and unsuccessful outcomes in programming assignments. Baltic Sea Conference on Computing Education Research (Koli Calling). Koli, Finland. 10.1145/2526968.2526982
2011 Vivian, R. (2011). University students face-up to their informal learning practices and cognitive learning strategies with Facebook. Ed-Media. T. Bastiaens & M. Ehner (Eds.) Lisbon, Portugal.
2011 Vivian, R. (2011). University Students' Informal Learning Practices Using Facebook: Help or Hindrance?. International Conference of the ICT 2011. R. Kwan, C. McNaught, P. Tsang, F. Wang & K. Li (Eds.) Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA.
2010 Wood, D., Barnes, A., Vivian, R., Scutter, S. & Stokes-Thompson, F. (2010). The future may have arrived, but engagement with ICTs is not equal among our diverse "net gen" learners. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Sydney, Australia.
2010 Vivian, R. (2010). Social networking: from living technology to learning technology?. ASCILITE. Sydney.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2017 Vivian, R., Falkner, K. & Szabo, C. (2017). Broadening participation in computer science: key strategies from international findings. SIGCSE '17 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. Seattle, WA. 10.1145/3017680.3017810

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2017 Chapman, S. & Vivian, R., (2017). Engaging the Future of STEM: A Study of International Best Practice for Promoting the Participation of Young People, Particularly Girls,
in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Chief Executive Women (CEW) Ltd., https://cew.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Engaging-the-future-of-STEM.pdf,
2015 Falkner, K. & Vivian, R., (2015). Coding Across the Curriculum: Resource Review, Australian Government : Department of Education and Training,

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2013 - ongoing Member Individual Member of the CSTA (ACM)

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2015 - ongoing Member ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) Journal Reviewer
2015 - ongoing Member The Internet and Higher Education Journal Reviewer
2014 - ongoing Member World Conference on E-learning Program Committee
2014 - ongoing Member IEEE Transactions on Education (TOE) Journal Reviewer
2012 - ongoing Member Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide (HERGA) Australia
2009 - 2012 Board Member Student Leadership Undergraduate Group (SLUGG) (Inc.) The University of South Australia Australia
Position
Research Fellow
Phone
83131894
Fax
8313 4366
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Ingkarni Wardli
Room Number
4 44
Org Unit
School of Computer Science

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