Lynda Thomas BSc, MSc (McMaster), MSc (Southern Illinois), PhD (Wales)
Senior Lecturer Emerita
Room Number..........:  E39-40
Phone.......................:   +44 (0)1970 622436
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Dr. Thomas was born in Wales and moved to Canada while still in high school. She completed a BSc (Summa cum Laude) and a National Research council supported MSc in pure mathematics at McMaster University in Canada. She then turned to computing, and worked for a few years in industry, before returning to academia and receiving an MSc at Southern Illinois University in the US.
She was a Professor of Computer Science at Carroll University in the US for many years, before completing her PhD in Software Engineering at Aberystwyth University in 1995.
Dr. Thomas was appointed Teaching Fellow at Aberystwyth in 1999 and Senior Lecturer in 2014. Her research interests centre around problem solving and Computer Science education.
Why computing students learn on their own: motivation for self-directed learning of computing. ACM Transactions on Computing Education 16 (1) 2 Cadair2016.
In the liminal space: Software design as a threshold skill. PESTLHE 10 Cadair2015. (In press)
Graduating students' designs: through a phenomenographic lens. Proceedings of the tenth annual conference on International computing education research. ICER '14, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 08/07/2014. Association for Computing Machinery pp. 91-98.2014.
A fresh look at novice programmers' performance and their teachers' expectations. Proceedings of the ITiCSE working group reports conference on Innovation and Technology in computer science education, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 01/07/2013 - 03/07/2013. pp. 15-32.2013.
Self-Directed Learning in Computing and the Path to Employment. HEA-STEM conference 2013, Birmingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 17/04/2013.2013.
A broader threshold: including skills as well as concepts in Computing Education. Fourth Bienniel Conferencer on Threshold Concepts: From personal practice to communities of practice, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 28/06/2012 - 29/06/2012.2012.
Self-directed learning: stories from industry. Proceedings of the 12th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research. Koli Calling '12, Finland, 06/11/2012. Association for Computing Machinery pp. 111-117.2012.
Threshold Concepts in Computer Science: An Ongoing Empirical Investigation. In (eds) Threshold Concepts And Transformational Learning . Educational Futures: Rethinking Theory and Practice, no. 42 Sense Publishers, United States pp. 241-258. Cadair Other2012.
Threshold concepts and threshold skills in computing. ICER '12 Proceedings of the ninth annual international conference on International computing education research , Aukland, New Zealand, 12/09/2012. pp. 23-30.2012.
Computing students learning computing informally. pp. 43-48. Cadair2011.
Harnessing surprise: tales from students' transformational biographies. pp. 300-304. Cadair2011.
Students' perceptions of the differences between formal and informal learning. pp. 61-68. Cadair2011.
An evaluation of object oriented example programs in introductory programming textbooks. ACM SIGCSE Bulletin 41 (4) pp. 126-143. Cadair2009.
Liminal spaces and learning computing. European Journal of Engineering Education 34 (4) pp. 383 – 391. Cadair2009.
A cognitive approach to identifying measurable milestones for programming skill acquisition. ACM SIGCSE Bulletin 38 (4) pp. 182-194. Cadair2006.
Identifying Novice Difficulties in Object Orientated Design. Cadair2006.
Can Object (Instance) Diagrams Help First Year Students Understand Program Behaviour? Cadair2004.
Capturing Collaborative Designs to Assist the Pedagogical Process. Cadair2003.