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ACM Education Council


FOCES

“Other Action Items” Group


2009
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09
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25

WHO ARE WE?

Mark Guzdial, Chair

Dan Garcia

Depak Kumar

Lisa Kaczmarczyk

Alison Young

Carol Spradling

Lillian Israel

Mark
Guzdial

Chair


Guzdial, 2009
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ACM Ed Council : FOCES “Other Action Items”
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What our charter was…


3. Identify, develop, and centralize resources.


4. Develop mini
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grants for teachers (maybe for
curriculum development) so local press has a reason to
write about computing and bring positive attention to the
school districts.


8. Initiate recognition of pedagogical achievement, such
as best paper, best education resources, etc.


9. Gather data about experiences on dual track tenure
lines (research and teaching).


10. Survey non
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major’s computing courses, get reviews
and find exemplars; survey general education schemes
for including computing.

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3 Identify
, develop, & centralize resources



Ensemble can serve as the infrastructure


The new computing pathway site we are building based on
Drupal. This is the place to organize group activities, to put
things to be shared, to find out what is happening, etc. This is a
new concept for the pathway and we need to get tuned in to it.
The Drupal facility allows very flexible control of who has access
for writing, for editing, for adding users, etc. There is support of
groups of many types of configuration, mail lists,
announcements, document storage, shared access, etc.
Anything you can imagine a web site supporting is there. This is
the resource for providing web support for our task force
activities.


THE resource for the CE summit


Infrastructure


Connect to CSTA resources (done!)


Metadata imported


Still not clear who’s going to provide the resources.

Guzdial, 2009
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25, Vancouver

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Recognition of achievement


8. Ensemble is building “rewards
infrastructure”


A form of recognition for pedagogical
achievement


Building community


Use Facebook?

Guzdial, 2009
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10. Non
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majors
/
GenEd

courses survey


Identifying Exemplars


UCSD: LisaK has overhauled their CS0 course in Fa09


Non
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majors


Minimal programming (scratch), not throughout


Some Excel scripting (Psych wants that), data modeling


UCB: DanG is teaching a GSC
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compliant CS0 pilot


“The Beauty and Joy of Computing”

http://inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs39n/fa09/


Lots of programming in Scratch; pair coding; students choose their
own projects. Big ideas of computing too


Our CS0 hopefully feeds into CS1


GT: Mark’s Intro to Media Computation (Python)


This fulfills the CS1 requirement


BrynMawr: Computing with Robots (Python)


This fulfills the quantitative requirement

Guzdial, 2009
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09
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25, Vancouver

ACM Ed Council : FOCES “Other Action Items”
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Non
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majors / GenEd courses survey


What kinds of items might be on the survey?


What is CS0? Non
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majors? Remedial for majors?


Where do these lie? Great courses outside CS


Not non
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majors; it’s computing outside CS (majors)


Programming (level & spectrum)? No programming?


Desired outcome? Recruitment?


What minors / concentrations are out there?


Computing + X belongs to cs majors, too


not just outside
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cs
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majors


What credit? What placement? Non
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CS? CS? Elective?


Some non
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CS depts have computing requirement but don’t want to
teach it themselves, others do want to own it


Who guarantees quality of courses taught by non
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CS? Who approves?


Will your school buy into GSC? What are the issues/politics?


Credit, placement?

Guzdial, 2009
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Survey Incentives


Incentive to participate in survey?


Personalized email helps


May have to ask CS to look across campus


Tiered effort: chair first, faculty, plus student chapters


Can buy lists of CS Departments, but act quickly on them (they go stale quickly)


Phone (or skype) interviews to sample kinds of schools to frame Questions


Regional champions to organize multi
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schools


Other possibilities : in
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depth across campus for some sample?


Use student chapters to gather data? Very empowering for students to be part of this large,
important effort


Sharing data afterward is a great incentive


Could do some data gathering @ SIGCSE


This is the problem with haves vs have nots. Not all schools go to SIGCSE


ACM
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centered vs SIGCSE
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centered


ACM may be a name to get more response


Could ask for more data but choose questions carefully

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09
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25, Vancouver

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Resources


Fluxus (scheme with processing)


Runs on windows and macs


Scratch 2.0


Have to pick questions well


Question: “Did this class change the way you
interact with computers?”


mouse/keyboard/display, nope!