I am a Senior Lecturer in Business Computing, where I teach relational databases in several courses and lead two modules on the subject.
I also teach MSc students on using databases for the Web with an introduction to the limits of relational databases, to ensure the students understand the criticisms and alternatives that exist to these systems.
I maintain a number of tools to improve the students' understanding of these concepts, particularly an SQL workbook and animated materials that are widely used to teach the subject.
Department of Computing
Science, Technology and Arts
- Database Systems
I am currently involved in two strands of research. One is Computing Education, in which I create and evaluate tools, resources, and practices to improve the teaching of computing. These include, for instance, the eL-CID animations (Boisvert, 2009) or the programme of visits to schools (Adshead et al. 2015).
The second is Open Data, which offers a host of science and engineering challenges.
I am currently collaborating with the Better With Data Society, a social enterprise, to develop further tools to facilitate public contributions to improve the quality of open data.
- Better With Data Society
- Computing in Schools