August 2015
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It is now only four weeks to the highlight event of our year, the CITRENZ Annual conference!  We have a new opening keynote speaker, Simon for the University of Newcastle.  Simon has attended the conference in the past and has chaired the Australasian SIGCSE chapter for many years.  A more detailed bio will be on the website.  He is an exciting speaker and well worth coming to the conference to hear.  We also have Paul Denny from the University of Auckland as the closing keynote.  More exciting news on keynotes coming up in the next week.
The theme for the conference dinner is “Spring into Spring”  so let your imaginations run wild and dress up for the dinner.  Hopefully we can get some local companies to donate prizes for the best dressed.
Please read the Newsflash, the programmes of Study are now on the website.  There will be a session at the conference to discuss these and the ongoing use of them, we look forward to your participation in this discussion.
Now it’s time to get my posters printed, see you all in October!


CITRENZ programmes of study

The Programmes of Study (Level 4 through to Level 6) were sent out to CITRENZ members mid-August for a 2nd round of consultation. Your feedback has been incorporated, and the finalised programmes of study will be available on the CITRENZ website from Monday 7 September.
The Eastern Institute of Technology has offered to draft Programmes of Study for Level 2 (User Fundamentals) and Level 3 (Intermediate User). These programmes will be available on the CITRENZ website mid-October.
Note that we are continuing to work with NZQA to resolve the issue of ownership and accreditation of the programmes.  NZQA’s current position is that it is not prepared to work with any form of collaborative organisation as programme developers.  Otago Polytechnic’s CEO Phil Ker has agreed to take this matter to the NZQA board (which he is on) to seek a resolution. We will update you on this as soon as we have any information.

The final versions of the CITRENZ programmes of study have been uploaded
to the website, and the blurb on the
website has been updated.

Note that the mapping for the Level 6 Diploma in Software Development still needs to be completed. Hamish Smith from Otago Polytechnic is working on this and the finalised programme should be available on Thursday of this week. I will upload this programme to the website once completed.
As per the update in the newsletter, the Eastern Institute of Technology has offered to draft Programmes of Study for Level 2 (User Fundamentals) and Level 3 (Intermediate User). They expect to have these two programmes available mid-October. I will email them a copy of the programme template so that the programmes will be consistent with those already completed.
The 28th Annual CITRENZ Conference: 6-9 October 2015

CITRENZ annual conference is one of New Zealand’s premier computing education conferences regularly attracting over 100 attendees from all over New Zealand and international delegates. It serves as a major forum for the exchange of information and ideas on research and teaching practice in the field of computing and information technology.

The primary focus for CITRENZ 2015 is ‘Inspirational Computing Education’ and is open to all educators and researchers in the computing and information technology and computing and information science communities. Participants from outside the sector at regional, national and international levels are warmly invited to attend and contribute to the CITRENZ 2015 conference.

Monday 7 September!

Make sure you register before Monday next week to receive the earlybird rate. After this date, the cheaper rate will no longer be available.

For a registration form CLICK HERE. Or email your registration to Vivienne Wetere.

Secure your accommodation at Rydges

Accomodation is available at Rydges Queenstown but we encourage you to get on to booking NOW as we can not guarantee availability. For a copy of the direct booking form CLICK HERE...

Keynote speaker confirmed

School of Design, Communication, and Information Technology University of
Newcastle Ourimbah Campus

Simon has lectured in computing for many years at the University of Newcastle, Australia, along with stints at Griffith University in Australia and the University of Exeter in the UK. Simon’s research lies almost exclusively in computing education, and he has been involved in a number of cross-Tasman projects. Half a dozen years ago Simon was at risk of being labelled ‘research-inactive’ at his university because he wasn’t generating research income, so he switched from research that can be done at no financial cost to grant-funded research. His most recent funded project covers issues of academic integrity in non-text-based assessments such as computer programs and visual designs.

Easychair upload for papers

Thank you to everyone who has submitted papers for conference. These need to be submitted to the 2015 CITRENZ conference submission management system. So if you haven't done this yet, CLICK HERE for the link. 

Conference Workshops

Tuesday 6 October: 1pm - 5.30pm
For a full outline of conference workshop information, CLICK HERE...

Share your Queenstown images

We are looking for CC-BY images of Queenstown for the front cover of the proceedings.

If you have a favourite Queenstown image that you have taken and would be happy to have on the front cover of the proceedings, could you send to: . We will look through any submitted and if suitable, it may be chosen to appear on the front cover.
The Fourth International Conference on E-Learning and E-Technologies in Education (ICEEE2015) will be held at Surya University, Indonesia.

September 10-12, 2015.

The event will be held over three days, with presentations delivered by researchers from the international community, including presentations from keynote speakers and state-of-the-art lectures. 

CITRENZ members are encouraged to submit a paper related to 'Multimedia Learning System Design for E Learning'. 

Click here for the conference website. For a copy of the special session brief, click here.

Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE)

San Pablo Catholic University, Arequipa, Peru. 10-12 July, 2016

The Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE)

Hosted in Canberra by the Australian National University

This is a conference on research and innovation in computing education in its various aspects, at all levels and in all contexts. For details, click here. 

Key dates:
Author notification: 25 September 2015
Camera ready deadline: 26 October 2015
ACSW author registration deadline: 26 October 2015
Conference start: 2 February 2016
Conference end: 5 February 2016

Economic Impact


ICT Sector: Employment Trends

A number of recent business-focussed news headlines, such as “Stalling welfare rolls confirm slowing NZ economy” and “Chinese economy building to ‘crisis point’”, have highlighted a slowing of economic growth in NZ, due in the main to a downturn in global commodity prices. This slowdown in economic growth appears to be impacting on ICT job adverts, with numbers trending down for the third month in succession.
The MBIE Jobs Online monthly report for July highlighted a continuing fall in skilled vacancies in three out of eight industry groups with the IT industry once again recording the largest decrease, down 3.2 per cent (-3.8 per cent recorded in the ICT Trend series for last month). The fall in the IT industry offset the largest increases recorded in three other industries, leading to the net fall in skilled vacancies. The IT industry also recorded an annual fall of 16.2 per cent for the 2014 - 2015 July period (-15.2 per cent recorded for the same period in the ICT Trend series). However, while skilled vacancies in Canterbury fell by 0.2 per cent over the past month IT recorded the biggest increase, up 0.9 per cent.
What’s happening with ICT employment in other major economies…….is it a similar story?

Global Scene                                                                                  
Australia - according to the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association’s (ITCRA) latest employment Trends Report for the second quarter of 2015:
·     For the last three quarters, contract hourly rates have fallen consecutively, while permanent rates have peaked
·     Australian ICT is enjoying an increase in vacancies after two quarters of decline, according to the BurningGlass ICT Job Ads Index, while
·     In New Zealand there is a softening, which may be short-lived due to an anticipated surge in ICT employer hiring expectations
·     Governments remain a major employer of ICT services, with banking, and engineering services completing the top five hiring industries
Canada - two recent news headlines reveal that:
·     Canada’s digital economy competitiveness is being hindered as it continues to face an “acute” ICT skills shortage, primarily due to job growth outpacing a supply of graduates
·     Their ICT skills shortage is set worsen as the pipeline slows down (ICT enrolment decreased gradually every year for seven consecutive years since 2001, following the collapse of the dot-com bubble) and workers retire. The good news is that the number of ICT graduates has been on an upward trajectory again since 2009.
USA – IT jobs site's second quarter tech employment "snapshot” saw unemployment drop to 2.1 per cent, the lowest recorded since 2008, based on U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics figures. The quarter saw a gain of 25,000 jobs for professional services and CS design persons (technical consultants). Data processing, hosting, and related services added a further 5,500 jobs.
So the overall picture for ICT employment, especially in the long term, is one of optimism.       

Seek ICT Job Adverts
Seek ICT job adverts for August have decreased for a third month in a row, down 6.7 per cent on the July figure and 13 per cent from the peak in May (Fig.1). The downturn may be influenced by the decline in business confidence (NZ Business Herald; July 7 2015), currently at its lowest level in three years.

Fig.1 Seek ICT Job Adverts Monthly Trends 2010 –2015 (August)
Trademe IT job adverts for August are down a further 9.7 per cent on the July figure of 961, following a 3 per cent decline for last month.  The August figure represents a hefty annual drop in Trademe IT job adverts, down 32% on this time last year. 

Fig.2 Seek ICT & Trademe IT Job Advert Trends to August 2015
The number of Seek ICT job adverts for all regions has declined this month with Canterbury leading the retreat, down 22 per cent. After peaking in May the ICT job adverts on Seek for Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury have declined over the last three months by 8 per cent, 14 per cent and 10 per cent respectively. Overall, Seek ICT job adverts for all NZ are 23.6 per cent lower than the August 2014 figure of 2643. 

Fig.3 Seek ICT Job Advert Trends Monthly Change for August 2015
Figure 4 provides a detailed record of the Seek ICT job advert trends by region for the year to August. 

The current slowdown in NZ’s economic growth appears to be impacting on business confidence leading to a downward trend, albeit in the short term, in the number of ICT job adverts on both the Seek ICT and Trademe job sites.
In spite of these recent decreases the global ICT job scene is quite positive with Australia enjoying an increase in vacancies after two quarters of decline while Canada is facing an acute skills shortage and North America is experiencing a surge in new jobs for a range of ICT professionals.
The overall message – the long term outlook for ICT jobs/employment is rosy.     

News Bytes: A to Z
Australia – IT Wire: Contractor pay rates fall steadily in ICT jobs market
ITCRA says the decline in contract hourly rates has been affected by decreases in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.             
Canada - ICT skills shortage hindering Canada’s digital economy competitiveness
Canada continues to face an “acute” ICT skills shortage primarily due to job growth outpacing supply of graduates.
Canada – IT World Canada:  ICT skills shortage set to worsen as pipeline slows down and workers retire
ICT enrolment decreased gradually every year for seven consecutive years since 2001, following the collapse of the dot-com bubble.
Ghana – Ghana Web Business News: Subah promises to solve Ghana’s ICT deficiency
A shortage of ICT skills, especially among the youth, is impeding the growth of Ghana’s development. 
Ireland – Belfast Telegraph: Charity boost will help women to build on their skills
Reducing the skills shortage in the construction and ICT industries.
Nigeria – Business Day: Skills shortage weighs down ICTs contribution to economic growth      
The ICT industry requires about 300, 000 skilled professionals over the next five years.              
NZ – MBIE Jobs Online Monthly Report for July 2015
Skilled vacancies decreased in three out of eight industry groups. The largest decrease was in the IT industry, down 3.2 per cent.
NZ – NZ Herald (Press Reader): ICT exports tipped to be bigger than wine, meat
ICT exports are growing by 14% a year.
USA – CIO: How legacy technology is creating the next skills gap
Many IT pros with skills in Cobol and mainframes will be aging out of the workplace in the near future.
USA – IT News: Employment engine keeps humming for IT job seekers
Professional services and CS design persons -- tech consultants -- saw a gain of 25,000 jobs in the quarter. 
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