Navigating the CS Major: Student and Faculty Best Practices
Friday, September 20, 2019 — 4:00PM-5:00PM
This birds-of-a-feather session brings together students and faculty to uncover effective strategies for learning and teaching Computer Science. We hope to learn about factors that motivate students to pursue the major. Research reports factors like role models, peer and family support, and mentors. We are also interested in the activities and tools that facilitate student learning like study groups, competitive programming websites (e.g., HackerRank), programming communities (e.g., StackOverflow), and hackathons. Learning about motivating factors and educational strategies of students help faculty identify ways to support their learning. Faculty can share effective pedagogies used; research shows that flipped classrooms, peer instruction, pair programming, rubber-duck debugging, and project-based learning are effective for CS education. Students will learn about the intuition behind teaching practices and provide feedback to refine them. The session provides opportunities to synergize students’ and instructors’ ideas and collect best practices we can share with the community.