Discipline: Computer Sciences and Information Management
Subcategory: STEM Science and Mathematics Education
Sajid Hussain - Fisk University
Co-Author(s): Sajid Hussain, Steven Morgan, and Zia Haque
This TIP Award to Fisk University includes a four-objective plan to innovate the curriculum and the pedagogies for teaching and learning of computer science (CS) in order to create awareness, interest and success in CS as a discipline.
The four objectives are as follows:
1. Computational Thinking in CS courses for non-majors: Modify the CS curriculum for non-majors by revising the introductory CS course (CS 100; 3hr credit) to include computational thinking, and add two one-credit hour courses on Mobile Apps and on Web Apps.
2. Appealing Tools in Introductory Courses: Introduce CS tools perceived as ‘relevant’ by students in introductory CS courses on the major pathway (specifically CS 110/120/241) and foster use of these tools in course- embedded student-engaged projects and faculty-student mentored summer research projects.
3. Computing in Cognate Courses: Introduce computational programming in cognate courses required for CS majors, namely mathematics and physics, in order to sustain the impact of computational thinking across the curriculum.
4. Peer Mentors (PM): Utilize peer mentoring/coaching to foster deeper learning of CS in CSCI 110/120/241, as well as in cognate courses, such as Math 101/110/120 and Physics 130/140, and to serve as ‘coaches’ in course-assigned projects.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): NSF: HBCU-UP/TIP: Award Abstract #1332432
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,