Researcher

Dr Jake Renzella

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Artificial intelligence, Computing education, Education systems, Education assessment and evaluation, Learning analytics, Stochastic analysis and modelling

Biography

I am an Education Focussed Lecturer at the School of Computer Science Engineering at UNSW. I investigate novel software and artificial intelligence-based systems to support educators, enhance student engagement and improve learning experiences in computing education. My research is embedded in open-source education projects such as SplashKit, and more notably, the Doubtfire Learning Management System, which he co-leads and maintains and is...view more

I am an Education Focussed Lecturer at the School of Computer Science Engineering at UNSW. I investigate novel software and artificial intelligence-based systems to support educators, enhance student engagement and improve learning experiences in computing education. My research is embedded in open-source education projects such as SplashKit, and more notably, the Doubtfire Learning Management System, which he co-leads and maintains and is used at several Australian and New Zealand universities.

I also work heavily in academic integrity of higher education, and focus on student-friendly approaches to retaining integrity.

Previously, I was a Research Fellow at the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) in Defence working on stochastic system modelling and insight generation, and has many years of experience teaching a wide range of computing courses at various universities in Australia.

Research areas include constructive alignment pedagogy, formative feedback, artificial intelligent tutor support systems, learning management systems, learning analytics.


My Grants

  • Google CS4HS 2018 Grant, Deakin University - $15,000
  • Google CS4HS 2017 Grant, Swinburne University of Technology - $15,000
  • Google CS4HS 2016 Grant, Swinburne University of Technology - $10,000

My Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

My Research Activities

  • Renzella, J., Cain, A., & Schneider, J.G. (2021). Real Talk: Illuminating Online Student Understanding with Authentic Discussion Tools. In Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 886–892).
  • Renzella, J., & Cain, A. (2020). Enriching programming student feedback with audio comments. In 2020 IEEE/ACM 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering Education and Training (ICSE-SEET) (pp. 173–183).
  • Renzella, J., Tubino, L., Cain, A., & Schneider, J.G. (2021). Enhancing Online Education with Intelligent Discussion Tools. COVID-19 and Education: Learning and Teaching in a Pandemic-Constrained Environment, 97.
  • Renzella, J., & Cain, A. (2017). Supporting better formative feedback in task-oriented portfolio assessment. In 2017 IEEE 6th International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) (pp. 360–367).
  • Renzella, J., Cain, A., & Schneider, J.G. (2020). An intelligent tool for combatting contract cheating behaviour by facilitating scalable student-tutor discussions. In Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering: Companion Proceedings (pp. 298–299).
  • Meyers, J., Cain, A., Renzella, J., & Cummaudo, A. (2018). A Proposal for Integrating Gamification into Task-Oriented Portfolio Assessment. In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) (pp. 1022–1027).
  • Renzella, J., Cummaudo, A., Cain, A., Grundy, J., & Meyers, J. (2018). SplashKit: A development framework for motivating and engaging students in introductory programming. In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) (pp. 40–47).
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+61-2-9348 0605