Dr Susan Bergin

Computer Science

on sabbatical

(01) 708 6088


Dr. Susan Bergin has been an active member of the CS Education community since 2002 and is heavily involved in numerous large-scale pedagogical studies. Her PhD (2006) involved the development of a computational model, using machine learning techniques, to predict programming performance. This involved a multi-variate, multi-institutional study over three academic years and using the data the model was able to predict with 85% accuracy how students were likely to perform after only two weeks on an introductory module. Since then she has been completed numerous new studies in CS pedagogical areas, including a three year action research project on innovative assessment and collaborative learning. She is persistently involved in initiatives to build student confidence and self-esteem (e.g. through peer review, peer tutoring, and collaborative learning); to inspire interest and enthusiasm (e.g. through Problem Based Learning, innovative learning tools and real-world software projects) and promote personal development (e.g. through collaborative projects and community interaction).