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Biography

Based at the University's Ourimbah campus, Simon lectures in information technology within the School of Design, Communiction, and Information Technology. His principal areas of research are computing education, working on the perennial problem that some students find it very difficult to learn to program; and academic integrity, focusing on the differences between written assignments such as essays and the many different forms of non-textual assessment that some university students are quired to undertake.

Qualifications

  • Master of Mathematics, University of Newcastle, 19/04/1985
  • Diploma of Computer Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Science, James Cook University

Research

Research keywords

  • Academic integrity
  • Bibliometrics
  • Computing education

Research expertise

Computing education: researching the difficulties that some students have grasping computing subject matter, particularly programming education, and possible ways of overcoming those difficulties.

Bibliometrics: researching the emergence of computing education as a field of research; specifically within that area, analysing the body of published papers within computing education and identifying the increased proportion of those papers that are clearly research papers.

Academic integrity: investigating ways that students cheat and ways of detecting and overcoming the cheating.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
089999Information And Computing Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified55
109999Technology Not Elsewhere Classified25
080599Distributed Computing Not Elsewhere Classified20

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education
  • Member - Special Interest Group on Computing Education - Founding member and Executive member of Australasian Chapter

Conference Chair

  • Australasian Computing Education Conference
  • Koli Calling Confernece on Computing Education
  • International Computing Education Research Workshop - Submissions Chair

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - Australasian Computing Education Conference
  • Editor - Computer Science Education (based in UK)
  • Editor - Koli Calling Conference on Computing Education Research
  • Editor - ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education

Appointments

ALTA Fellow
Learning & Teaching Academy of the Australian Council of Deans of ICT (Australia)
01/01/2012 - 01/12/2013

Collaboration

Simon's research tends to involve collaboration with various subgroups of an international group of computing education researchers. Members of the group come from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, the United States, Finland, Sweden, and elsewhere.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Deputy Head of School, 2009-present

Head of IT Discipline, 2009-2012

Student Academic Conduct Officer, 2004-2012

Deputy Dean of Students, 2012-2013

Ourimbah Campus OH&S Committee, 1999-2007; Chair 2001-2006

Faculty of Science & IT OH&S Committee, 2004-2006

University OH&S Committee, Chair 2004-2006

University Human Research Ethics Committee, 2007-2008; Deputy Chair 2008

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Programming
  • Programming languages

Teaching expertise

Have taught in most areas of computer science and information technology.

Currently, most of my teaching time involves computer programming courses.

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Publications

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Journal article (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Gluga R, Kay J, Lister R, Simon, Kleitman S, 'Mastering cognitive development theory in computer science education', Computer Science Education, 23 24-57 (2013) [C1]
2013Simon, 'Olympiads in Informatics - the journal's first six years', Olympiads in Informatics, 7 113-122 (2013) [C1]
2013Lynar TM, Simon, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Reducing energy consumption in distributed computing through economic resource allocation', International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 4 231-241 (2013) [C1]
2011Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Resource allocation to conserve energy in distributed computing', International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2 1-10 (2011) [C1]
2010Lynar TM, Simon, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Clustering obsolete computers to reduce e-waste', International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change, 1 1-10 (2010) [C1]
2009Simon, 'Informatics in education ir Koli Calling: Lyginamoji analize', Informatics in Education, 8 101-114 (2009) [C1]
2009Simon, 'Informatics in education and Koli calling: A comparative analysis', Informatics in Education: Journal of Eastern and Central Europe, 8 101-114 (2009) [C1]
2009Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, 'Auction resource allocation mechanisms in grids of heterogeneous computers', WSEAS Transactions on Computers, 10 1671-1680 (2009) [C1]
2009Lister R, Clear T, Simon, Bouvier DJ, Carter P, Eckerdal A, et al., 'Naturally occurring data as research instrument: Analyzing examination responses to study the novice programmer', SIGCSE Bulletin Inroads, 41 158-173 (2009) [C1]
2009Clear T, Philpott A, Robbins P, Simon, 'Report on the Eighth BRACElet Workshop: BRACElet Technical Report 01/08 AUT University, Auckland', Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology, 7 1-13 (2009) [C2]
2007Simon, 'A Classification of Recent Australasian Computing Education Publications', Computer Science Education, 17 155-169 (2007) [C1]
2007Simon, De Raadt M, Venables A, 'Variation in approaches to lab practical classes among computing academics', Informatics in Education, 6 215-230 (2007) [C1]
2006Simon, Cutts Q, Fincher S, Haden P, Robins A, Sutton K, et al., 'The ability to articulate strategy as a predictor of programming skill', Australian Computer Science Communications, 28 181-188 (2006) [C1]
2006Tolhurst D, Baker B, Hamer J, Box I, Cutts Q, Raadt MD, et al., 'Do Map Drawing Styles of Novice Programmers Predict Success in Programming? A Multi-national, Multi-institutional Study', Australian Computer Science Communications, 28 213-222 (2006) [C1]
2006Simon, Fincher S, Robins A, Baker B, Box I, Cutts Q, et al., 'Predictors of Success in a First Programming Course', Australian Computer Science Communications, 28 189-196 (2006) [C1]
2005Simon, 'Electronic watermarks to help authenticate soft-copy exams', Australian Computer Science Communications, 27 7-13 (2005) [C1]
2005De Raadt M, Hamilton M, Lister R, Tutty J, Baker B, Cutts Q, et al., 'Approaches to learning in computer programming students and their effect on success', Research and Development in Higher Education, 28 407-414 (2005) [C1]
2005Simon, 'Assessment in online courses: some questions and a novel technique', Research and Development in Higher Education, 28 500-506 (2005) [C1]
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Conference (45 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Simon, Cook B, Sheard J, Carbone A, Johnson C, 'Academic integrity: differences between programming assessments and essays', Proceedings of the 13th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli, Finland (2013) [E1]
2013Sheard J, Simon, Carbone A, Chinn D, Clear T, Corney M, et al., 'How difficult are exams? A framework for assessing the complexity of introductory programming exams', Proceedings of the 15th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2013), Adelaide, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Simon, 'Soloway's rainfall problem has become harder', Proceedings 2013 Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, Macau, Macau (2013) [E1]
2013Carbone A, Ceddia J, Simon, D'Souza D, Mason R, 'Student concerns in introductory programming courses', Proceedings of the 15th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2013), Adelaide, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Sheard J, Simon, Carbone A, D'Souza D, Hamilton M, 'Assessment of programming: Pedagogical foundations of exams', ITiCSE '13 Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Caulfield East, VIC, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Gluga R, Kay J, Lister R, Simon, Charleston M, Teague D, 'A conceptual model for reflecting on expected learning vs. demonstrated student performance', Proceedings of the 15th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2013), Adelaide, Australia (2013) [E1]
2012Simon, Sheard J, Carbone A, D'Souza D, Harland J, Laakso M-J, 'Can computing academics assess the difficulty of programming examination questions?', Proceedings of the 12th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli, Finland (2012) [E1]
2012Simon, Sheard J, 'Exams in computer programming: What do they examine and how complex are they?', The Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E1]
2012Simon, Sheard J, Carbone A, Chinn D, Laakso M-J, Clear T, et al., 'Introductory programming: Examining the exams', Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2012), Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]
2012Riedesel CP, Cross GW, Simon, Clear AL, Hughes JM, Walker HM, 'Academic integrity policies in a computing education context', Proceedings of the Final Reports of the Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2012 Working Groups, Haifa, Israel (2012) [E1]
2012Lister R, Corney MW, Curran J, D'Souza D, Fidge CJ, Gluga R, et al., 'Toward a shared understanding of competency in programming : An invitation to the BABELnot Project', Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2012), Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]
2012Alharbi N, Athauda RI, Simon, 'An analysis of student's perspectives in using virtual labs in an undergraduate IT course', Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference Engineering and Applied Science (EAS 2012), Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Rukshan Athauda

2011Sheard J, Simon, Carbone A, Chinn D, Laakso M-J, Clear T, et al., 'Exploring programming assessment instruments: A classification scheme for examination questions', ICER 2011: Proceedings of the 2011 International Computing Education Research Workshop, Providence (2011) [E1]
2011Simon, 'Assignment and sequence: Why some students can't recognise a simple swap', Koli Calling '11 Proceedings of the 11th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli (2011) [E1]
2011De Raadt M, Simon, 'My students don't learn the way I do', Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2011), Perth, Australia, Perth, WA (2011) [E1]
2011Simon, 'Wrong is a relative concept: Part marks for multiple-choice questions', Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2011), Perth, WA (2011) [E1]
2011Simon, 'Assignment and sequence: Why some students can't recognise a simple swap', Proceedings - 11th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli Calling'11 (2011) [E1]
2011Simon, Snowdon SB, 'Explaining program code: Giving students the answer helps - But only just', ICER '11: Proceedings of the 2011 International Computing Education Research Workshop, Providence (2011) [E1]
2010Simon, 'A note on code-explaining examination questions', 10th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli National Park, Finland (2010) [E1]
2010Simon, 'Using a primary-school challenge in a third-year IT course', Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Computing Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia (2010) [E1]
2010Lynar TM, Simon, Herbert RD, 'Conserving energy in cluster computing through resource allocation', Conserving Energy in Cluster Computing Through Resource Allocation: Russia Pacific Computer 2010. Final Technical Programme and Abstracts, Vladivostock, Russia (2010) [E1]
2010Malmi L, Sheard J, Simon, Bednarik R, Helminen J, Korhonen A, et al., 'Characterizing research in computing education: A preliminary analysis of the literature', Proceedings of the Sixth International Computing Education Research Workshop, ICER 2010, Aarhus, Denmark (2010) [E1]
2010Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Reducing grid energy consumption through choice of resource allocation method', Proceedings: 24th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium IPDPS 2010 and 24th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, Workshops and Phd Forum IPDPSW, Atlanta, GA (2010) [E1]
2009Sheard J, Simon, Hamilton M, Lonnberg J, 'Analysis of research into the teaching and learning of programming', Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop on Computing Education Research Workshop, Berkeley, CAL (2009) [E1]
2009Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Why decide: Is a user's estimation of job completion time useful in grid resource allocation?', 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Proceedings, Cairns, QLD (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: William Chivers

2009Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, Simon, 'A grid resource allocation mechanism for heterogeneous e-waste computers', Grid Computing and e-Research 2009: Proceedings of the Seventh Australasian Symposium on Grid Computing and e-Research (AusGrid 2009), Wellington, NZ (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: William Chivers

2009Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Impact of node ranking on outcomes of grid resource allocation', WORLDCOMP 2009: The 2009 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing, Las Vegas (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: William Chivers

2009Simon, Lopez M, Sutton K, Clear T, 'Surely we must learn to read before we learn to write!', Computing Education 2009: Proceedings of the Eleventh Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2009), Wellington, NZ (2009) [E1]
2009Simon, 'Ten years of the Australasian Computing Education Conference', Computing Education 2009: Proceedings of the Eleventh Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2009), Wellington, NZ (2009) [E1]
2008Bornat R, Dehnadi S, Simon, 'Mental models, consistency and programming aptitude', Computing Education 2008: Proceedings of the Tenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2008), Wollongong, NSW (2008) [E1]
2008Simon, Sheard J, Carbone A, De Raadt M, Hamilton M, Lister R, Thompson E, 'Eight years of computing education papers at NACCQ', Proceedings of the Twenty First Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Auckland, NZ (2008) [E1]
2008Simon, Carbone A, De Raadt M, Lister R, Hamilton M, Sheard J, 'Classifying computing education papers: Process and results', ICER '08: Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]
2008Simon, 'Koli calling comes of age: An analysis', Koli Calling 2007: Proceedings of the Seventh Baltic Sea Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli National Park, Finland (2008) [E1]
2008Simon, Hamilton M, 'Conference Editors', Computing Education 2008: Proceedings of the Tenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2008), Wollongong, NSW (2008) [E4]
2008Lister R, Simon, 'Conference Editors', Koli Calling 2007: Proceedings of the Seventh Baltic Sea Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli National Park, Finland (2008) [E4]
2007Simon, 'Mandatory fields - A case study in the divergence between education and practice', Computing Education (Proceedings of the Ninth Australasian Computing Education Conference), Ballarat (2007) [E1]
2007Lister R, Berglund A, Box I, Cope C, Pears A, Avram C, et al., 'Differing ways that computing academics understand teaching', Computing Education (Proceedings of the Ninth Australasian Computing Education Conference), Ballarat (2007) [E1]
2007Simon, De Raadt M, Sutton K, Venables A, 'The distinctive role of lab practical classes in computing education', Baltic Sea '06: Proceedings of the 6th Baltic Sea Conference on Computing Education Research: Koli Calling 2006, Uppsala, Sweden (2007) [E1]
2007Mann S, Simon, 'Conference editors', Computing Education (Ninth Australasian Computing Education Conference), Ballarat (2007) [E4]
2005Simon, 'Blatant cheating detected in an online exam', Educational Integrity: Values in Teaching, Learning & Research. 2nd Asia-Pacific Educational Integrity Conference Proceedings (2-3 December 2005: Newcastle, Australia), Newcastle, Australia (2005) [E1]
2004Simon, 'The Cryptic Crossword Puzzle as a Useful Analogue in Teaching Programming', Computing Education 2004, Dundedin, New Zealand (2004) [E1]
2003Simon, 'An IT degree combining the strengths of University and TAFE', Computing Education 2003, Adelaide, Australia (2003) [E1]
2000Simon S, Summons PF, 'Automated Testing of Databases and Spreadsheets - the Long and the Short of It', The Proceedings of the Fourth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2000) [E1]

Co-authors: Peter Summons

1998Bruff CM, Summons PF, Coldwell J, Simon, 'Automated assessment and management project', Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE '98), Cancun, Mexico (1998) [E1]

Co-authors: Peter Summons

1998Summons P, Simon, 'Authentication strategies for online assessments', The Proceedings of the Third Australasian Conference on Computer Science Education, The University of Queensland, Australia (1998) [E1]

Co-authors: Peter Summons

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants12
Total funding$262,315

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2012 (3 grants)

Plagiarism and related issues in assessments not involving text$201,000
Funding Body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Project Team
Mr .. Simon, Professor Mario Minichiello, Mr Roger Quinn, Mr Chris Lawrence
SchemeRole
Commissioned Strategic ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$201,00020122014
GNo:G1200799

A shared applied epistemology for competency in computer programming$18,609
Funding Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Project Team
Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$18,60920122013
GNo:G1101186

ACDICT Learning and Teaching Academy (ALTA) Fellowship$12,000
Funding Body: ACDICT Learning and Teaching Academy

Project Team
Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
ALTA FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,00020122013
GNo:G1101188

2011 (1 grants)

Investigating the nature and design of computer programming examinations$9,847
Funding Body: Australian Council of Deans of ICT

SchemeRole
ACDICT Learning & Teaching Academy (ALTA) Grant SchemeInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,84720112012
GNo:174354730

2008 (1 grants)

NACCQ 2008 21st Annual Conference, Auckland, NZ, 4 - 8 Jul 2008$1,566
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,56620082008
GNo:G0189731

2007 (1 grants)

7th Baltic Sea Conference on Computing Education Research - Koli Calling (15-18 Nov 07)$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0188304

2006 (1 grants)

6th Baltic Sea Conference on Computing Education Research - Koli Calling, Hotel Koli, Joensuu, Finland, 9/11/2006 - 12/11/2006$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0187028

2004 (1 grants)

Sixth Australasian Computing Education Conference, 18-22 Jan 2004, New Zealand$528
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$52820042004
GNo:G0184587

2003 (1 grants)

Fifth Australiasian Computing Education Conference as part of Australasian Comp Sci Week, Adelaide 4-7 February, 2003$286
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$28620032003
GNo:G0182671

2000 (1 grants)

Fourth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Melbourne 4-6 December 2000$279
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$27920002000
GNo:G0180582

1996 (1 grants)

A learning environment for social education in computing$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Michael Houle, Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
Teaching Committee Teaching GrantsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00019961996
GNo:G0176010

1993 (1 grants)

The University of Newcastle Award for Excellence in Teaching 1993$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Mr .. Simon
SchemeRole
Teaching Committee Awards for ExcellenceChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00019931993
GNo:G0175959
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Research Supervision

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Mr .. Simon

Work Phone(02) 4348 4666
Fax(02) 4348 4145
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaInformation Technology
Office
SO:E1.44,
Science Offices,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/simon
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/design-communication-it/our_staff/simon.html