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COMP_SCI 497: The Design of Tools and Technologies for Computer Science Education

Quarter Offered

Fall : 2-4:50 F ; O'Rourke

Prerequisites

This course is primarily aimed at Ph.D. students. Undergrad and M.S. students by permission only

Description

This seminar class will focus on reading research papers about the design of tools and technologies for computer science education and conducting individual research projects in this area. The course will cover computer science education across a variety of contexts, including formal and informal learning spaces at the K-12 level, university level, and adult/professional level. We'll read papers about the design of different tools and technologies to facilitate learning computational ideas, including IDE design, physical programming and making, crowdsourcing systems, and learning analytics. There will be a final project component, ideally related to each students' own personal research interests, that will touch on the topics covered in class. By the end of the quarter, students will have a broad understanding of current research in computer science education and how tools and technologies can be designed to support and foster learning in this domain. Students will also have a chance to practice reading and reflecting on research papers, presenting and leading discussions, and conducting their own independent research in this space.

COURSE COORDINATORS: Prof. Eleanor O'Rourke

COURSE INSTRUCTOR : Prof. O'Rourke