Cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 2020 Excited Summer School on Research in computing education

Cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 2020 Excited Summer School on Research in computing education

The school offers an arena for developing knowledge and skills in the area of computing education research, giving participants the opportunity to take part in learning sessions with international experts in the field, engage in discussions, and get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools and methods. The participants will also present and discuss their work, getting feedback from experts and peers. 

The topics include an overview and history of Computing Education as a research field. Research methods relevant for Computing Education will also beaddressed. Computing Education research topics will cover the individual level (e.g. identity and employability) as well as use of data on a larger scale (e.g.learning analytics). We will take a look at crucial aspects of introductory programming courses. The wider perspective and the connection between Computing Education and important societal challenges will be explored, with a focus on gender and on how computing education should relate to environmental sustainability. The program will altogether include a variety of examples of good research practice, providing a broad coverage of the challenges and potential of Computing Education research.


You can read about the 2019 summer school here

Learning outcomes

Students are expected to gain knowledge, competencies and skills needed to participate and set up research in the area of Computing Education.
Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of research in computing education. Students are expected to gain advanced knowledge about the state of the art in computing education, including research and practice, in terms of theories, methods, and technology. 
Skills: Ability to apply the acquired knowledge as part of the student's PhD program. 
General competence: Ability to reflect over the subject in relation to the student's PhD work and in a broader social context. 

We welcome PhD students, postdocs and young researchers on IT Education from all countries to apply! 

ECTS credits at PhD level

For participants who are interested and fulfilling the formal requirements, it will be possible to acquire 7.5 ECTS credits at PhD level based on the submission of a written assignment. If this is of interest to you, please specify it in the application form. We will then guide you through the process of registering as an external candidate at NTNU. The registration requires you to provide documentation of your master degree. If you are enrolled in an PhD program, this must also be documented.


About the organizers

Excited is the Centre of Excellence in IT Education at NTNU and Nord University. Our vision is to put Norway in the forefront of innovative IT education and make IT an increasingly more attractive study choice for young people. To achieve this, we address the entire IT education pipeline, i.e. diverse recruitment into IT study programs, the learning taking place during the program (with particular focus on student engagement and identity, learning through construction, cross-campus collaboration, and industry-university collaboration), and the resulting career-readiness and employability with which the candidates enter work life and their role in society as IT professionals.


The program will have one main theme per day, and consist of lectures and various learning activities. We are proud to introduce our lecturers,  in alphabetical order:


Assoc. Prof. Lecia Barker, University of Colorado Boulder 
Research method and Gender in IT

Assoc. Prof. Michalis Giannakos, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Learning Analytics

Assoc. Prof. Andrew Luxton-Reilly, University of Auckland
Learning to program

Dr Anne-Kathrin Peters, University of Uppsala
Sustainability in IT education. Students’ identity formation.

Dr Simon, Univ. of Newcastle, Australia
The CS field Introduction and history


Detailed program tba

Venue Trondheim


The seminar week will be located in Trondheim at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) campus.

Trondheim is known as the technology capital of Norway, and in May-June, we have daylight from 3 AM to 11.30 PM. With its 200 000 inhabitants Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway with a thousand year long history.  Trondheim is home to more than 30 000 students attending the university or one of the university colleges. They make Trondheim a vibrant and youthful city.

You can read more about Trondheim here


Travel and accommodation


The local airport is Trondheim Airport Værnes, and there is a bus service with frequent departures to the city centre that takes approximately 30 minutes.


The participants are responsible for booking of accomomodation . We have reserved rooms at different venues in Trondheim at good rates.

It the city centre, approximately a 20 minute walk or five minute bus ride from It the city centre,  is Quality Hotel Augustin. We have reserved single rooms at the prize of 1050 NOK per night. The rooms have been reserved until 10. April 2020. Please contact the hotell by email or phone, and provide the group reservation code 1017GR004274 (Please note that this is a cash free hotel, so you can pay by card only.) 

Right next to the Gløshaugen Campus  in comfertable walking distance, lies Scandik Lerkendal. Here, we have reserved single rooms at the prize of 1140 NOK per night. The rooms are booked until 1 May 2020. Please contact the hotell by email or phone, and provide the group reservation code BNTN060620.

The budget alternative is Trondheim VandrerhjemThis is a newly renovated youth hostel located a 30-minute walk from the Gløshaugen campus. It is also easily accessible by bus. The prizes are 495 NOK per night for a single room and 640 NOK for a double room. There are also possibilities to sleep in a dorm for 335 NOK per night. The hostel has a high standard with Wifi included. To book at Trondheim Vandrerhjem, please contact the hostel by use of the contact info on their website

Bilde summerschool

Barbara Ericson lecturing in CS education for teachers

Organizing committee

Organizing committee


Associate Professor PhD Birgit Rognebakke Krogstie
Professor PhD Monica Divitini