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Programming as a second language

By Celine Latulipe
   May 22, 2018

recent article in ACM Inroads caught my attention after it was posted and discussed on the Computer Science Education: Research & Practitioners Facebook page. The article, which is quite a long read, discusses a paper published back in 2014 ...

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Counting Friends

By Celine Latulipe
   April 28, 2018

We try to measure so many things, but we are aware that measuring things in academia can incentivize perverse behavior and lead to weird side-effects. So, I’ve decided to measure something that isn’t commonly cared about in education and I’m hoping that measuring this...

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An all girls team in a CS course?

By Mary Lou Maher
   March 28, 2018

I teach a course with 76 students and 7 of them are female students. My course is flipped: during class time groups of students are working on various activities, using lightweight teams for practicing the concepts in the lecture on some days and project based teams for applying the concepts to project assignments on other days. I suggested an all girls project team to each of the female...

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And now for something completely different….

By Audrey Rorrer
   March 28, 2018

Hi, I’m the Lead Evaluator in the Center for Education Innovation (CEI). You may be asking, ‘what’s an evaluator?’ My parents asked me how to describe my job to their friends- and how on earth it relates to my degree in counselor education.  Let’s start with evaluation; I’ll save the counseling piece for another day.

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To Categorize, or Not To Categorize, That is The Question (Part 1)

By Tonya K. Frevert
   March 18, 2018

In my last post, I talked about categories, particularly race and gender. Let’s dive farther into the general idea of categories this week.

Our brain’s ability and need to categorize serves a base function in our day-to-day lives. Think about the sheer VOLUME of information your brain processes in nanoseconds–size, shape, smell, taste, color, texture, temperature, time, weather,...

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Gender-Paired Programming

By Celine Latulipe
   March 5, 2018

Our College offers a variety of CS1 sections, including the fully flipped, active learning, team-based, media-computation version that I designed (with the help of Bruce Long). All CS1 sections have a lab component, but in our version, we do gender-paired programming. There’s a lot to unpack when you talk about this, and in this post I will explain our rationale for doing this and detail how...

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Patterns of Problems in CS education: perspectives from a reformed lecturer

By Mary Lou Maher
   March 5, 2018

After several decades of teaching computing using lectures, I am a reformed lecturer and only teach based on the principles of active learning. This does not mean that I do not include lectures as part of my teaching tools. It means that I have come to appreciate the benefits of starting from the concept of active learning, rather than starting from improving engagement during my lectures....

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Improving the team experience with reflection questions

By Mary Lou Maher
   February 28, 2018

We all struggle with how to enable a positive experience for students in teams. Here I explore how reflection may provide a way for students to understand their own experience so they can make it more positive.

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The problem with traditional CS Ed

By Celine Latulipe
   February 28, 2018

I have a contention. It might be considered controversial by some. Others might think what I am saying is obvious.

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