Computing Branches Out - DePaul University

Computing Branches Out - DePaul University

Computational Thinking across the Curriculum Workshop Amber Settle and Ljubomir Perkovic DePaul University June 11, 2010 Overview Three-year project (July 2008 June 2011) funded through the NSF CPATH program Overview Integration of CT into existing, disciplinespecific courses Categorization of CT instances across disciplines

Inclusion of a wide range of disciplines Traditional: Computer science, information technology Allied: Animation, statistics, the sciences Others: Art, digital cinema, history Broad and diverse faculty participation First year: College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) Second year: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and other Chicago-area universities (IIT, Loyola, UIC) Third year: The University of Chicago Lab Schools What is computational thinking?

The application of computational processes/concepts/techniques to reason about problems in any field It is a way of thinking It provides an approach for: Framing questions Solving problems Gaining new insight It is something people in many fields are already doing Biology: Understanding DNA Economics: Modeling financial systems Humanities: Mining crime databases What is NOT computational thinking?

Computer literacy May be a necessary prerequisite to CT Simple application of computational tools to problems Using statistical software Publishing materials online Creating a database Computational thinking should use computational tools/concepts/ideas in a significant way to ask new questions or gain new insight into problems Great Principles of Computing Peter Dennings Great Principles of Computing Computation

Communication Coordination Recollection Automation Evaluation Design Used by us as a way of classifying/understanding computational thinking concepts Courses in the first year of the project Scientific inquiry CSC 233: Codes and Ciphers (Marcus Schaefer) CSC 235: Problem Solving (Iyad Kanj) CSC 239: Personal Computing (Jacob Furst)

HCI 201: Multimedia and the World Wide Web (Craig Miller) IT 130: The Internet and the Web (Craig Miller) ECT 250: Internet, Commerce, and Society (Xiaowen Fang) Arts and Literature ANI 201: Animation I (Scott Roberts) ANI 230: 3D Modeling (Josh Jones) DC 201: Introduction to Screenwriting (Matt Irvine) GAM 224: Introduction to Game Design Courses in the second year of the project Scientific Inquiry ENV 216: Earth System Science (Mark Potosnak) ENV 230: Global Climate Change (Mark Potosnak)

ENV 340: Urban Ecology (Liam Heneghan) GEO 241: Geographic Information Systems I (Julie Hwang) Liberal Studies First Year Program LSP 112 : The Moon (Chris Goedde) Understanding the Past HST 250: Origins of the Second World War (Eugene Beiriger) HST 221: Early Russia (Brian Boeck) Arts and Literature HAA 130:European art-Pre-history to 20th century (Elena Boeck) Honors Program HON 207: Introduction to Cognitive Science (Bob Rotenberg)

Information in folders Workshop schedule Participant presentations: 9:40 12 pm Lunch: 12 1 pm Panel session: 1 3 pm Concluding remarks: 3 3:30 pm Reference materials Executive summary of the project Dennings Great Principles of Computing ITiCSE 2010 article about the project These slides

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