Seminars & Colloquia
University of California San Diego
"How to Maintain Student Learning Quality When Class Size Grows"
Thursday January 31, 2019 09:30 AM
Location: 3211, EB2 NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)
In this talk, I will present the two ways my PhD research approached this question, followed by future work. I will also discuss other projects I have in mind to improve CS community. The talk will end with a brief teaching demonstration on for-loop basics using two active learning strategies: Peer Instruction and Jigsaw learning.
Thus, my PhD research focuses on how computer science programs can maintain equivalent or better learning quality as class size grows. I approached this question in two ways: strategically assigning existing instructional resources to at-risk students and adopting active learning practices to improve every student’s learning. So far, I have published conference papers at the International Computing Education Research (ICER) and Computer Science Education (SIGCSE, ITiCSE) and a journal at Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE).
My teaching method is also deeply grounded to the evidence I acquired from a broad range of computer science education research studies. I assisted multiple Peer Instruction classrooms and adopted Peer Instruction and Jigsaw learning to my own course. In addition, I mentored junior graduate teaching assistants in the department to help adopt different evidence-based instructional practices to their own lectures. My effort on promoting evidence-based instructional practices was recognized through the doctoral teaching award from the CSE department in 2017 and I received Summer Graduate Teaching Scholarship shortly after.
Host: Sarah Heckman, CSC