Mr Jack Parkinson

  • Tutor, Tutor (School of Computing Science)
  • Casual Worker (Computing Science Administration)

Biography

I have been teaching in the School of Computer Science in various roles since 2016, mostly in Level 1 courses and introductory programming modules. I completed my MSci in Computing Science at the University of Glasgow in 2018 before working as a research assistant with the Centre for Computing Science Education (CCSE) on the development and delivery of the University's first Graduate Apprenticeship Degree, in Software Engineering. I began my PhD entitled Exploiting the Relationship between Spatial Skills and Computing Science in 2019.

More information can be found on my student profile.

Research interests

Spatial Skills have been shown to be connected to success in STEM domains for decades; Computing Science is no exception. My work aims to tease out this relationship and identify specific ways in which computing and spatial ability are connected. The existing theory is that spatial skills tests and exercises rely upon an ability to develop and manipulate internal mental models, a process which also seems to apply to areas of computing (for example, construction of notional machines or identification and classification of elements in the Block Model). 

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018
Number of items: 12.

2021

Cutts, Q. , Maguire, J. , Fincher, S. and Parkinson, J. (2021) Forming Community in Computing Science Education with Research in Practice Project Activities. In: UKICER '21: United Kingdom & Ireland Computing Education Research Conference, Glasgow, UK, 02-03 Sep 2021, p. 12. ISBN 9781450385688 (doi:10.1145/3481282.3481285)

2020

Parkinson, J. , Cutts, Q. and Draper, S. (2020) Relating Spatial Skills and Expression Evaluation. In: UKICER '20: United Kingdom & Ireland Computing Education Research Conference, Glasgow, UK, 03-04 Sep 2020, pp. 17-23. ISBN 9781450388498 (doi:10.1145/3416465.3416473)

Parkinson, J. (2020) Investigating Spatial Skills in Computing Education. In: 2020 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (ICER '20), Dunedin, New Zealand, 11-14 Aug 2020, pp. 340-341. ISBN 9781450370929 (doi:10.1145/3372782.3407109)

Parkinson, J. and Cutts, Q. (2020) The Effect of a Spatial Skills Training Course in Introductory Computing. In: 2020 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE '20), Trondheim, Norway, 15-19 Jun 2020, ISBN 9781450368742 (doi:10.1145/3341525.3387413)

Somerville, D., Cutts, Q. , Parkinson, J. and Barr, M. (2020) Addressing Mixed Levels of Prior Knowledge by Individualising Learning Pathways in a Degree Apprenticeship Summer School. In: CEP 2020: Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Computing Education Practice 2020, Durham, UK, 09 Jan 2020, p. 14. ISBN 9781450377294 (doi:10.1145/3372356.3372370)

2019

Simon, , Luxton-Reilly, A., Ajanovski, V. V., Fouh, E., Gonsalvez, C., Leinonen, J., Parkinson, J. , Poole, M. and Thota, N. (2019) Pass Rates in Introductory Programming and in Other STEM Disciplines. In: 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Working Group Reports (ITiCSE-WGR 2019), Aberdeen, Scotland, 15-17 Jul 2019, pp. 53-71. ISBN 9781450375672 (doi:10.1145/3344429.3372502)

Parkinson, J. (2019) Exploring Spatial Skills and Computing in Primary and Secondary Education. In: 14th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE'19), Glasgow, Scotland, 23-25 Oct 2019, p. 16. ISBN 9781450377041 (doi:10.1145/3361721.3362118)

Barr, M. and Parkinson, J. (2019) Developing a Work-based Software Engineering Degree in Collaboration with Industry. In: UK and Ireland Computing Education Research Conference (UKICER 2019), Canterbury, United Kingdom, 05-06 Sep 2019, ISBN 9781450372572 (doi:10.1145/3351287.3351292)

Cutts, Q. , Barr, M. , Bikanga Ada, M. , Donaldson, P. , Draper, S. , Parkinson, J. , Singer, J. and Sundin, L. (2019) Experience Report: Thinkathon -- Countering an "I Got It Working" Mentality with Pencil-and-Paper Exercises. In: 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2019), Aberdeen, Scotland, 15-17 Jul 2019, pp. 203-209. ISBN 9781450368957 (doi:10.1145/3304221.3319785)

Maguire, J. , Cutts, Q. , Parkinson, J. , Barr, M. and Somerville, D. (2019) Devising Work-based Learning Curricula With Apprentice Research Software Engineers. In: 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2019), Aberdeen, Scotland, 15-17 Jul 2019, p. 313. ISBN 9781450363013 (doi:10.1145/3304221.3325576)

Simon, , Luxton-Reilly, A., Ajanovski, V., Fouh, E., Gonsalvez, C., Leinonen, J., Parkinson, J. , Poole, M. and Thota, N. (2019) Pass Rates in STEM Disciplines Including Computing. In: 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2019), Aberdeen, Scotland, 15-17 Jul 2019, pp. 267-268. ISBN 9781450368957 (doi:10.1145/3304221.3325532)

2018

Parkinson, J. and Cutts, Q. (2018) Investigating the Relationship Between Spatial Skills and Computer Science. In: ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research, Espoo, Finland, 13-15 Aug 2018, pp. 106-114. ISBN 9781450356282 (doi:10.1145/3230977.3230990)

This list was generated on Sun Oct 17 08:47:56 2021 BST.
Number of items: 12.

Conference Proceedings

Cutts, Q. , Maguire, J. , Fincher, S. and Parkinson, J. (2021) Forming Community in Computing Science Education with Research in Practice Project Activities. In: UKICER '21: United Kingdom & Ireland Computing Education Research Conference, Glasgow, UK, 02-03 Sep 2021, p. 12. ISBN 9781450385688 (doi:10.1145/3481282.3481285)

Parkinson, J. , Cutts, Q. and Draper, S. (2020) Relating Spatial Skills and Expression Evaluation. In: UKICER '20: United Kingdom & Ireland Computing Education Research Conference, Glasgow, UK, 03-04 Sep 2020, pp. 17-23. ISBN 9781450388498 (doi:10.1145/3416465.3416473)

Parkinson, J. (2020) Investigating Spatial Skills in Computing Education. In: 2020 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (ICER '20), Dunedin, New Zealand, 11-14 Aug 2020, pp. 340-341. ISBN 9781450370929 (doi:10.1145/3372782.3407109)

Parkinson, J. and Cutts, Q. (2020) The Effect of a Spatial Skills Training Course in Introductory Computing. In: 2020 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE '20), Trondheim, Norway, 15-19 Jun 2020, ISBN 9781450368742 (doi:10.1145/3341525.3387413)

Somerville, D., Cutts, Q. , Parkinson, J. and Barr, M. (2020) Addressing Mixed Levels of Prior Knowledge by Individualising Learning Pathways in a Degree Apprenticeship Summer School. In: CEP 2020: Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Computing Education Practice 2020, Durham, UK, 09 Jan 2020, p. 14. ISBN 9781450377294 (doi:10.1145/3372356.3372370)

Simon, , Luxton-Reilly, A., Ajanovski, V. V., Fouh, E., Gonsalvez, C., Leinonen, J., Parkinson, J. , Poole, M. and Thota, N. (2019) Pass Rates in Introductory Programming and in Other STEM Disciplines. In: 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Working Group Reports (ITiCSE-WGR 2019), Aberdeen, Scotland, 15-17 Jul 2019, pp. 53-71. ISBN 9781450375672 (doi:10.1145/3344429.3372502)

Parkinson, J. (2019) Exploring Spatial Skills and Computing in Primary and Secondary Education. In: 14th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE'19), Glasgow, Scotland, 23-25 Oct 2019, p. 16. ISBN 9781450377041 (doi:10.1145/3361721.3362118)

Barr, M. and Parkinson, J. (2019) Developing a Work-based Software Engineering Degree in Collaboration with Industry. In: UK and Ireland Computing Education Research Conference (UKICER 2019), Canterbury, United Kingdom, 05-06 Sep 2019, ISBN 9781450372572 (doi:10.1145/3351287.3351292)

Cutts, Q. , Barr, M. , Bikanga Ada, M. , Donaldson, P. , Draper, S. , Parkinson, J. , Singer, J. and Sundin, L. (2019) Experience Report: Thinkathon -- Countering an "I Got It Working" Mentality with Pencil-and-Paper Exercises. In: 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2019), Aberdeen, Scotland, 15-17 Jul 2019, pp. 203-209. ISBN 9781450368957 (doi:10.1145/3304221.3319785)

Maguire, J. , Cutts, Q. , Parkinson, J. , Barr, M. and Somerville, D. (2019) Devising Work-based Learning Curricula With Apprentice Research Software Engineers. In: 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2019), Aberdeen, Scotland, 15-17 Jul 2019, p. 313. ISBN 9781450363013 (doi:10.1145/3304221.3325576)

Simon, , Luxton-Reilly, A., Ajanovski, V., Fouh, E., Gonsalvez, C., Leinonen, J., Parkinson, J. , Poole, M. and Thota, N. (2019) Pass Rates in STEM Disciplines Including Computing. In: 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2019), Aberdeen, Scotland, 15-17 Jul 2019, pp. 267-268. ISBN 9781450368957 (doi:10.1145/3304221.3325532)

Parkinson, J. and Cutts, Q. (2018) Investigating the Relationship Between Spatial Skills and Computer Science. In: ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research, Espoo, Finland, 13-15 Aug 2018, pp. 106-114. ISBN 9781450356282 (doi:10.1145/3230977.3230990)

This list was generated on Sun Oct 17 08:47:56 2021 BST.

Teaching

Current:

  • Spatial Skills Training 1 (Course coordinator)
  • CS1: Computational Thinking (Tutor)
  • CS1: Computing Fundamentals (Tutor)
  • CS1: Systems (Tutor)
  • CS1: Python Programming (Standard and Alternate Routes) (Tutor)
  • Faster Route: Succeeding in University Study in Computing Science (Technical Tutor)
  • Pre-Sessional: Introductory Python (M) (Tutor)
  • GA: Programming Summer School (Tutor)

Past:

  • CS+ (Masters): Programming Systems and Development (Lab Assistant)
  • GA: How to Learn a New Language (Demonstrator)
  • Interactive Systems (H) (Lab Assistant)
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals (H/M) (Lab Assistant)

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2018: ICER: Chair's Award (ACM)
  • 2019: ITiCSE: Best Paper Award (ACM Europe)

Selected international presentations

  • 2018: ICER (Aalto University, Finland)

Additional information

  • Previously worked as a Research Assistant involved in the development (up to delivery) of the Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering programme, the first Graduate Apprenticeship programme launched at the University of Glasgow
  • Inaugural coordinator of the CCSE weekly seminar series
  • Representative for Level 1 Tutors in Computing Science
  • Member of the School of Computer Science's Tutor Working Group
  • CCSE website coordinator and representative on the School of Computer Science's internal Website Committee