Updates: Workshop on Contextualized Approaches to Introduction to Computing, from the Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University

February 25, 2022 at 7:00 am 1 comment

From Nov 2020 to Nov 2021, I was a Technical Consultant for the Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University, directed by Carla Brodley. (Website here.) CIC works directly with CS departments to create significant improvements in female participation in computer science programs. I’m no longer in the TC role, but I’m still working with CIC and Carla. I’ll be participating in a workshop that they’re running on Monday March 21. I’ll be talking about Media Computation in Python, and probably show some of the things we’re working on for the new classes here at Michigan.

https://www.khoury.northeastern.edu/event/contextual-approaches-to-introduction-to-computing/

Contextual Approaches to Introduction to Computing

Monday 3/21/22, 3pmEST/12pmPST

Moderator: Carla Brodley;  Speakers: Valerie Barr, Mark Guzdial, Ben Hescott, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Jakita Thomas

Brought to you by the Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University

 

In this 1.5 hour virtual workshop, faculty from five different universities in the U.S. will present their approach to creating and offering an introductory computer science class (CS0 or CS1) for students with no prior exposure to computing. The key differentiator of these approaches is that the introduction is contextualized in one area outside of computing throughout the semester. Using the context of areas such as cooking, business, biology, media arts, and digital humanities, these courses appeal to students across the university and have realized spectacular results for student retention in CS0/CS1, persistence to taking additional CS courses, and declaring a major or minor in computing. The importance of attracting students to computing after they enter university is critical to moving the needle on increasing the demographic diversity of students who graduate in computing. Interdisciplinary introductory computing classes provide a pathway to students discovering and enjoying computing after they start university. They also help students with no prior coding experience gain familiarity with computing before taking additional courses required for the CS major. The workshop will begin with a short presentation by each faculty member on their approach to contextualized CS0/CS1 and will touch upon the university politics involved in its creation, the curriculum, and the outcomes. We will then split into smaller breakout sessions five times to enable participants to meet with each of the five presenters for questions and more in-depth conversations.

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  • 1. Mark Miller  |  February 27, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Looking forward to tuning in! For the last few years, in addition to running Learningtech.org, I teach introductory CS in Northeastern’s Align program for incoming grads with no CS background, whose goal is to receive an MS in CS. I am excited about this approach!
    — Mark

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