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Colloquium: No more Z's, no more D's: Transforming the CS Classroom with Active Learning

Date: 

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:00am

Speaker: 

Cynthia Lee

Host: 

Kevin Seppi

No more Z's, no more D's: Transforming the CS Classroom with Active Learning
Thursday, September 17, 2015
11:00am 1170  TMCB

Abstract:
Do you ever find your students inattentive during lecture? Ever wonder what all the students are thinking, not just those few who ask and answer questions? Do you want to see more of your students succeed and stay in the major without sacrificing rigor of your standards? This talk will include a sample classroom demonstration of active learning lecture methods that have been enthusiastically received by students at many institutions. We'll also quickly review research results showing that these techniques decrease failure and drop rates, improve student learning, and increase retention in the major. 

Biography: 

Cynthia Lee is a Lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Stanford. Previously she taught computer science at UC San Diego. She specializes in team-based and question-based course design, and founded peerinstruction4cs.org, to support educators in flipping their computer science classrooms using peer instruction. She has a PhD in high-performance computing. Her work experience includes NASA Ames and startups. Her first achievement in computer science was in 6th grade, when she won an HP calculator at the county science fair for writing a Monopoly simulator in BASIC.




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