“What does Guzdial do anyway?”

May 15, 2013 at 1:33 am 6 comments

I gave the last GVU Brown Bag seminar of the academic year.  Video is available at the link below.

Speaker: Mark Guzdial

Title:  What We Know About Teaching Computer Science (“What does Guzdial do, Anyway?”)


We have known for over 30 years that learning to program is surprisingly hard.  A series of international studies have shown remarkably little success in teaching programming. In my group, we have been developing approaches to improve learning about computing, by improving retention through relevance and by teaching in problem domain context.  Our classes and studies have utilized computer-supported collaborative learning, so we explore learning on-line as well as in-classroom. We have learned how anchored collaboration can lead to longer on-topic discussions, but how perceptions of course culture can dramatically inhibit discussion.  We have shown that well-designed on-line activities can lead to better learning at reduced cost (including time costs for the student and instructor). We are currently developing an ebook for learning computer science by high school teachers where we are trying to integrate these lessons for a new audience.

via GVU Brown Bag Seminar: Mark Guzdial | GVU Center at Georgia Tech.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ialee  |  May 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Hi Mark, I’m getting a “stream not found” error when attempting to view the video. –Irene

  • 2. Adam  |  May 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    The video doesn’t seem to work at that link, despite a lot of flailing on my part to try to fix it. The flash player says “Stream not found: public/buzzbox/gvu.gatech.edu/brownbags/BB_2013_04_25.mp4”. Other archived brownbags work fine.

    Hope to see this when it is fixed.

    • 3. Mark Guzdial  |  May 17, 2013 at 8:44 am

      I just got word that it’s been fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for the interest!

  • 4. joshg  |  May 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    The video doesn’t seem to be working right now … or is that just me?

    • 5. Mark Guzdial  |  May 16, 2013 at 1:36 am

      I am contacting tech support (from Denmark).

  • 6. Ed Bujak  |  May 20, 2013 at 10:45 am

    http://www.gvu.gatech.edu/events/gvu-brown-bag-seminar-mark-guzdial work fine. Thanks for sharing your great GVU Brown Bag Seminar.


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