"Learning to educate: Educating to learn"
Mark's vision is to see all young people, across the world, receive a high quality Computing education
Mark is studying for a part-time PhD in Computer Science Education at Queen Mary University of London. Mark is researching the use of concept mapping techniques in Computing education.
In 2016, Mark was awarded fellowships of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT because his work has gained him national and international recognition via the Royal Society Report publications in 2012 and 2017, winning a Times Educational Supplement (TES) Award in 2013, Informatic Europe: Best practice in Education Award in 2014, and was a BETT Award Finalist in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
When (If) Mark relaxes he enjoys walking his dog called Koda, travelling, cooking, rock climbing, fencing, playing golf, and photography.
- Dorling, M., Selby, C., and Woollard, J. (2015). Evidence of Assessing Computational Thinking. IFIP 2015, A New Culture of Learning: Computing and Next Generations. Vilnius, Lithuania.
- Dorling, M., and White, D. (2015). Scratch: A Way to Logo and Python. SIGCSE 2015, Proceedings of the 46th SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer science education. Kansas City, Missouri, USA: ACM.
- Dimitriadi, Y., Marshman, P. and Dorling, M., (2015). Exploring gender imbalance in Computer Science: female school students' perceptions of access and engagement in Computing.
- Sentance, S., Dorling, M., and Humphreys, S. (2014). The Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science and Master Teachers. WiPSCE 2014, 9th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education.
- Sentance, S., Dorling, M., and NcNicol, A. (2013): Computer Science in secondary schools in the UK: Ways to empower teacher. ISSEP 2013, Proceeding of the 6th International Conference on Informatics in Schools: Situation, Evolution, and Perspectives - Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 7780, 2013, pp 15-30.
- Sentance, S., Dorling, M., NcNicol, A., and Crick, T. (2012). Grand challenges for the UK: upskilling teachers to teach computer science within the secondary curriculum, WiPSCE ’12, Proceedings of the 7th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (Pages 82-85).
- Dorling, M., (2012) The Teaching of Relational Databases and Structured Query Language (ISBN 978-1-907207-57-0). HEA 2012, The Higher Education Academy: Information & Computer Systems
- Dorling, M., (2011) The Teaching of: Cloud Computing and Databases (ISBN: 978-0-9565220-5-4). HEA 2011, The Higher Education Academy: Information & Computer Systems
Mark has a first-class computing degree and is a primary-trained teacher with many years of both primary and secondary teaching, lecturing (teacher training), commercial educational training and industry experience. He has taught in both all ability and selective schools, leading the introduction of computing across all school key stages several years ahead of government changes.
Mark has worked with Cambridge International Examinations and lead on the development of a number of international Computing publications. He used his international experience to play a leading role in developing the English 2014 National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study. In 2015, he was involved in the Department for Education consultation on ‘Assessment without levels’.
Mark is a former founding Board Member of the Computing At School group and later went to work for them as National CPD Coordinator where he led various national initiatives funded by the Department for Education and other partner organisations including the Master Teacher programme which he developed from just an idea to a network of 10 Regional Centres with 380+ active teachers. He also architected, co-authored and co-edited the best-selling Hodder Education Compute-IT series for Key Stage 3 but is probably best known for founding the and internationally recognised Digital Schoolhouse project, now delivered by UKIE and powered by Sony Play Station in 30+ satellite schools across England and Northern Ireland.
With his business partner, Somesh Selvachandran, a former programmer from the city, together they founded an online market place, resource repository, planning and assessment platform which they successfully sold to investors in June 2017. These experiences led Mark to contribute to the Department for Education working groups for both education text book guidance and EdTech.