University of St Andrews, UK
Adriana is an Associate Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, pursuing a part-time PhD in Computer Science under the supervision of Ed Zaluska and Dave Millard at the University of Southampton, focusing on factors related to student success in Higher Education and MOOCs, as well as the use of technology for teaching, assessment and feedback.
Adriana’s background is multidisciplinary but with a strong dual interest in education and technology. Following her B.CompSc.(Hons) degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Adriana delivered several computer science courses there. She also holds several teaching qualifications from the UK, including a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, and has taught in diverse educational environments, including primary schools, further education colleges as well as universities. Adriana has also been awarded an MSc in Computer Science by the Universities of Berne, Fribourg and Neuchâtel in Switzerland (with specialism in Distributed Systems with a minor in Education), and was a Mayflower Scholar for Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, becoming a PhD candidate and a Teaching Fellow in the same department.
Adriana’s workshop organization experience has included the EMOOCs 2017 workshop “Leveraging Learning Analytics to Identify and Overcome Barriers to MOOCs in a Foreign Language”. Adriana has also co-organized (with Jess Spurrell) the HEA workshop “Discovering Networks for Culture Change: Lessons from One University’s Approach to Tackling the STEM ‘Diversity Deficit’”, in 2017; and the HEA workshop “STEM Pedagogies: Best practice considerations”, in 2016. She was the academic lead for the smallpeice/ARM Computing and Microelectronics Summer School in 2016 and 2017 in Southampton.