Panel on Computational Thinking/Computer Science Education in Higher Education -- Pedagogical Strategies, Supports, and Initiatives
Abstract: In recent years, there has been increasing pressure/encouragement/support from a number of sources – corporate, governmental, professional organizations – for the teaching of Computer Science (CS) and Computational Thinking (CT) in K-12 schools. These efforts has generally failed to take into account the cultural experiences and norms (both positive and negative) that have shaped the learning of CS and CT in higher educational settings. This becomes important in K-12 Education since the future group of K-12 CS Educators will have pursued majors or significant coursework in computer science, so the strategies and methods for teaching and assessing college level CS will have a real impact on what happens in K-12 schools. This panel will address initiatives and challenges faced by CS/CT Education in a variety of higher educational settings.
Presider: Melda Yildiz, NYIT