Anton completed a BSc in Mathematics graduating Summa Cum Laude, followed by a Masters in Computing at the University of Maryland (Eastern Shore) , USA. This was followed by doctoral work at Loughborough University (UK) in the Department of Civil Engineering, where he worked on Markov modeling of heating and ventilation systems, culminating in the award of the CIBSE Dufton Silver Medal in 1997. In 1995 he did post-doctoral work developing concurrent mobile robot software with the Department of Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University using a novel model for training a neural net.
Following time at Coventry University, Anton joined the Open University in 2001, where he has contributed to teaching materials on modules in discrete mathematics, object-oriented programming, and concurrent and distributed systems, as well as chairing several modules in presentation and production. In addition Anton takes an interest in appropriate assessment, novel approaches to e-delivery of teaching materials and accessibility issues.
Anton is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Anton's current research interest centres around automated assessment of Java code quality, and improving feedback to students on their Java code in online environments. The aim is to enable timeliness of specific and personalised feedback on students' code, as well as scalability of feedback to large cohorts of students.
Anton's teaching interest is in making object-oriented programming accessible to more students through high quailty teaching materials and leveraging features of online teaching environments to provide better support to students learning to write code. He has chaired several programming modules at the Open University, and is chairing the production of the latest version of the Open University's key object-oriented Java programming module, M250.
Anton initially studied Natural Sciences at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, and maintains links with a Zambian NGO, Makeni Ecumenical Centre, providing occasional computer support to them and fundraising in the UK.
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