Dr David Bowers

Senior Lecturer

From 2018 - 2021, I have been leading, within the Insitute of Coding, the development of a new accreditation standard for computing programmes, The standard focusses on competency rather than only on academic understanding. It is benchmarked against the international skills framework, SFIA. The standard is being considered by BCS for incorporation into its own accreditation processes.

In research, I have been interested in the use of mobile devices to support open field (primarily on the sea) navigation. With encouragement from the RNLI, and working with sailing instructors and yachtsmen, I have been exploring both the inaccuracies inherent in the sensors on current mobile devlices, and aspects of the kind of interface that might address such inaccuracies.

The blind deployment of AR navigation programs on such devices, without recognising and addressing the accuracy issues, could lead to significant navigational errors and potentially to serious accidents.


Bowers, David, (2021). The IoC Accreditation Standard – Statements of Alignment. The Open University & The Institute of Coding.

Bowers, David , Bowers, David Mobile AR: Promising innovation or misplaced trust? In: International Navigation Conference 2019, 19-21 Nov 2019, Edinburgh.

Bowers, David, Petre, Marian and Howson, Oli(2019). Aligning Competence Hierarchies with Bloom's Taxonomies: Changing the focus for computing education. In: Koli Calling '19 Proceedings of the 19th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, 21-24 Nov 2019, Koli, Finland, ACM Press.

Bowers, David, (2019). Augmented Reality Smartphone Compasses: Opportunity or Oxymoron? In: Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and the 2019 International Symposium on Wearable Computers (UbiComp/ISWC '19 Adjunct), 9-13 Sep 2019, London, ACM.

Ireland, Christopher,Bowers, David, Newton, Mike and Waugh, Kevin(2009). A classification of object-relational impedance mismatch. In: First International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications (DBKDA), 1-6 Mar 2009, Cancun, Mexico.


Human-Centred Computing


Learning and Education

Professional Practice


Interaction Design Research Group (IDRG)

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