Publications

Journal Papers
Trim, M., Thota, N., Liberatore, M., Richards, T., Anderson, G., & Verts, W. T. (2017). Innovation with scale: turning large class sizes into opportunities for pedagogical innovation. J. Comput. Sci. Coll., 32(6), 183-186.

Thota, N., & Berglund, A. (2016). Learning computer science: Dimensions of variations within what Chinese students learn. ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), 16(3). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2853199.

Thota, N., & Negreiros, J. (2015). Introducing educational technologies to teachers: Experience report. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 12(1), 5:1-13.

Thota, N., & Whitfield, R. (2010). Holistic approach to learning and teaching introductory object-oriented programming. Computer Science Education, 20(2), 103-127. doi: 10.1080/08993408.2010.486260.

Book Chapters
Thota, N. (2015). Connectivism and the use of technology/media in collaborative teaching and learning. In G. J. van Schalkwyk & R. C. D’Amato (Eds.), From the Confucian Way to Collaborative Knowledge Co-Construction New Directions for Teaching and Learning (Vol. 142, pp. 81-96). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Thota, N. (2014). Repertory grid interviews: Insights into personal constructs of novice programmers .SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, UK: Sage Publications Ltd.

Dagiené, V., Jevsikova, T., Schulte, C., Sentance, S., & Thota, N. (2013). A comparison of current trends within Computer Science teaching in school in Germany and the UK. In I. Diethelm, J. Arndt, M. Dünnebier, & J. Syrbe (Eds.), Informatics in Schools: Local Proceedings of the 6th International Conference ISSEP 2013 – Selected Papers (pp. 63-75). Germany: Universitätsverlag Potsdam.

Berglund, A., Thota, N., & Man, Y. (2013). The Sino-Swedish master programme in computer science and software engineering: Chinese students’ experiences. In J. Hitchcock, L. Hitchcock, & P. Kaskenpalo (Eds.), FICAP-1 proceedings: Collaborative academic programs as a contribution to developing nations (pp. 37-45). Boca Raton, Florida, USA: BrownWalker Press.

Conference Proceedings
Simon, Luxton-Reilly, A., Ajanovski, V. V., Fouh, E., Gonsalvez, C., Leinonen, J., Parkinson, J., Poole, M., and Thota, N. (2019, July). Pass rates in introductory programming and in other stem disciplines. In Proceedings of the Working Group Reports on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (pp 53–71). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

Morgan, M., Butler, M., Sinclair, J, Gonsalves, C. & Thota, N. (2018, July). Contrasting CS Student and Academic Perspectives and Experience of Student Engagement. Proceedings Companion of the 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (pp. 1-35). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

Morgan, M., Butler, M., Thota, N., & Sinclair, J. (2018, July). How CS Academics View Student Engagement. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (pp. 284-289). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

Zingaro, D., Craig, M., Porter, L., Becker, B. A., Cao, Y., Conrad, P., . . . Thota, N. (2018). Achievement Goals in CS1: Replication and Extension. Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 687-692). Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Morgan, M., Sinclair, J., Butler, M., Thota, N., Fraser, J., Cross, G., & Jackova, J. (2018). Understanding International Benchmarks on Student Engagement: Awareness, Research Alignment and Response from a Computer Science Perspective. ITiCSE-WGR ’17. Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (pp. 1-24). Bologna, Italy. doi: 10.1145/3174781.3174782.

Morgan, M., Nylén, A., Butler, M., Eckerdal, A., Thota, N., & Kinnunen, P. (2017). Examining manual and semi-automated methods of analysing MOOC data for computing education. Proceedings of the 17th Koli Calling Conference on Computing Education Research (pp. 153-157). Koli, Finland.

Voogt, M., Chen, C. S., & Thota, N. (2016). Academics’ experience of teaching Open Ended Group Projects. Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2016), Erie, PA, USA. IEEE CPS.

Nylén, A., Thota, N., Eckerdal, A., Kinnunen, P., Butler, M., & Morgan, M. (2015). Multidimensional analysis of Creative Coding MOOC forums – a methodological discussion. Proceedings of the 15th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research (pp. 137-141). Koli, Finland. ACM, New York, NY, USA. doi:10.1145/2828959.2828971.

Thota, N., Estadieu, G., Ferrao, A., & Wong, K. M. (2015). Engaging school students with tangible devices: Pilot project with .NET Gadgeteer. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE 2015) (pp. 112 – 119. ). Taipei, Taiwan. doi: 10.1109/LaTiCE.2015.26.

Sheard, J., Eckerdal, A., Kinnunen, P., Malmi, L., Nylen, A., & Thota, N. (2014). MOOCs and their impact on academics. Proceedings of the 14th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research,(pp.137-145). Koli, Finland. doi: 10.1145/2674683.2674700.

Berglund, A., & Thota, N. (2014). A glimpse into the cultural situatedness of computer science. Proceedings of the International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE)(pp. 92-99). Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. IEEE CPS. doi: 10.1109/LaTiCE.2014.25.

Eckerdal, A., Kinnunen, P., Thota, N., Nylén, A., Sheard, J., & Malmi, L. (2014). Teaching and learning with MOOCs: Computing academics’ perspectives and engagement. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Joint Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE ’14), (pp. 9-14). Uppsala, Sweden. ACM, New York, NY, USA. doi: 10.1145/2591708.2591740.

Thota, N. (2014). Programming course design: Phenomenographic approach to learning and teaching. Proceedings of the International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE 2014) (pp. 125-132). Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. IEEE CPS. doi: 10.1109/LaTiCE.2014.30.

Anand, A., Kothiyal, A., Diwakar, A., Kenkre, A., Deep, A., Reddy, D., . . . Thota, N. (2014). Designing Engineering Curricula Based on Phenomenographic Results: Relating Theory to Practice. Proceedings of the Technology for Education (T4E), IEEE Sixth International Conference on Technology for Education (pp. 80-87). IIT Kharagpur, India. doi: 10.1109/T4E.2014.18.

Cambazoglu, V., & Thota, N. (2013). Computer Science students’ perception of computer network security. Proceedings of the International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE 2013) (pp. 204-207 ). Macau. doi: 10.1109/LaTiCE.2013.19.

Pears, A., Thota, N., Kinnunen, P., & Berglund, A. (2012). Harnessing theory in the service of engineering education research. Proceedings of the 42nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (pp. 391-395). Seattle, WA, USA. Seattle, WA, USA.: IEEE. doi: 10.1109/FIE.2012.6462292.

Schulte, C., Hornung, M., Sentance, S., Dagiene, V., Jevsikova, T., Thota, N., et al. (2012). Computer Science at School / CS Teacher Education – Koli Working-group report on CS at School. Proceedings of the 12th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research (29-38 ). Tahko, Finland. doi: 10.1145/2401796.2401800.

Thota, N., Berglund, A., & Clear, T. (2012). Illustration of paradigm pluralism in computing education research. In M. De Raadt & A. Carbone (Eds.), 14th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2012) (Vol. 34, pp. 103-112). Melbourne, Australia: ACS.

Berglund, A., & Thota, N. (2011). How do master level students in Computer Science perceive plagiarism? Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference on Computer Science Education: Innovation and Technology (CSEIT ’11) (pp.90-95). Singapore. doi: 10.5176/2251-2195_CSEIT45.

Thota, N. (2011). Repertory grid: Investigating personal constructs of novice programmers. Proceedings of the 11th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research (Koli Calling ’11) (pp 23-32). Koli, Finland. ACM, New York, NY, USA. doi: 10.1145/2094131.2094137.

Thota, N., & Whitfield, R. (2009). Constructive alignment: How? In A. Pears and C. Schulte (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research (pp. 112-113). Koli National Park, Finland.

Thota, N., & Whitfield, R. (2009). Use of CALMS to enrich learning in introductory programming courses. In S. C. Kong, H. Ogata, H. C. Arnseth, C. K. K. Chan, T. Hirashima, F. Klett, J. H. M. Lee, C. C. Liu, C. K. Looi, M. Milrad, A. Mitrovic, K. Nakabayashi, S. L. Wong and S. J. H. Yang (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computers in Education (pp. 970-974). Hong Kong, China: Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.

Conference Papers / Symposia
Berglund, A., & Thota, N. (October 14, 2015). Learning from the experiences of international students. Symposium conducted at the Conference for University Pedagogical Development, Uppsala, Sweden.

Thota, N., & Berglund, A. (October 14, 2015). A structured approach to master thesis writing. Symposium conducted at the Conference for University Pedagogical Development, Uppsala, Sweden.

Thota N., & Berglund, A. (2015). Integrating international students into CS programs. Paper presented at the First Al Baha University – Uppsala University Collaborative Symposium on Quality in Computing Education (ABU3QCE), Al Baha, Saudi Arabia.

Berglund, A., Eckerdal, A., Pears, A., Thota, N., & Thuné, M. (2013). Using phenomenography and variation theory pragmatically. In A. Rovio-Johansson (Chair), Understanding educational practice through attending aspects of teaching, learning and materiality. Symposium conducted at the 15th Biennial EARLI Conference on Research on Learning and Instruction, Munich, Germany.

Thota, N., & Negreiros, J. (2013). Reflections on introducing educational technologies to teachers. Paper presented at the eLearning Forum Asia (eLFAsia), Hong Kong.

Pears, A., Thota, N., Forsberg, H., Gunnarsson, J., Hedström, A., & Skoglund, D. (2012). Challenges in developing global collaborative project courses. Paper presented at the First Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Thota, N., & Berglund, A. (2012). At the crossroad of Computer Science and intercultural interactions: A framework for analysis and interpretation. In Carstensen A. (Chair). Learning and Technology. Symposium conducted at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) SIG 9/Phenomenography and Variation Theory Conference, University of Jönköping, Sweden.

João, A. J., & Thota, N. (2010). On-demand learning with Moodle. Paper presented at the International Conference on e-CASE and e-Tech, Macau, China.