Reports on Using Media Computation
From the University of California at San Diego
- ITICSE 2010. Experience Report: CS1 for Majors with Media Computation Beth Simon, Paivi Kinnunen, Leo Porter, Dov Zazkis. Simon-ITICSE2010.pdf
From University of Texas at El Paso
- "2006 Survey Results for CS1310: Introduction to Programming using Media Computation" by Aída Gándara, January, 2007. Report on the first two semesters of the Media Computation trial at UTEP.UTEPreport-MediaComp-tr07-02.pdf
From South Carolina State University
- "Innovating Introductory Computer Science Courses: Approaches and Comparisons" Zlatko Zografski, ACM Southeast Conference 2007, March 23-24, Winston-Salem, NC. acmse07_paper137.pdf
From University of Illinois, Chicago
- "CS 0.5: A Better Approach to Introductory Computer Science for Majors" by Robert H. Sloan, Patrick Troy, and James McGirr UIC-report.pdf
- UIC-CS0.5-SIGCSE06.ppt Standalone slide show that Robert Sloan presented at ACM SIGCSE 2006 as part of the NSF CCLI "Projects Showcase" sessions.
- Accepted paper at SIGCSE2008: "CS 0.5: A Better Approach to Introductory Computer Science for Majors" UIC-SIGCSE2008.pdf
From Australian National University
From University of Victoria
From Columbus State College
From: Wayne Summers
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:17:50 -0500
Cc: "Guzdial, Mark"
Subject: Re: [Mediacomp-teach] FW: Best way to configure lab environment for Intro to Programing Java w/Media Comp
We started teaching a section of our CS1 class last Fall using
Introduction to Programming using Java with Media Computation and had
the same concerns you have. We installed Dr. Java in a read-only public
folder for our students in the labs on campus. Each student also has a
file space that they used to store their own copy of the media sources
and BookClasses, but I didn't want them to change BookClasses.
Our CS1 class includes a 1-credit, 3 contact hour weekly lab and a
3-credit lecture/recitation, so I structured a series of guided
programming assignments that allowed the students to write their own
applications using the same BookClasses API without changing any of the
original BookClasses methods. You can find the set of closed lab
the programming assignments (done outside of class) at
Doing it this way made grading much easier since we all used the same
BookClasses methods and students only needed to submit one or two .java
files for me to grade. Students had no problem writing applications by
the third week.
NOTE: We also taught two other CS1 sections without the Media
Computation focus (using the Lewis/Loftus book) and are assessing the
difference. My class had a significantly higher completion and pass rate
and appears to have a higher student satisfaction rate. We will be able
to better compare the two methods after this semester. Students from
both groups are taking the same CS2 class.
Update on Columbus State Evaluation Effort
From University at Albany, SUNY – William Doane
I'm writing regarding the Introduction to Media Computation (Java) book. I'm
using it this term to teach ICSI201 (Introduction to Computer Science)
at University at Albany, SUNY. This is our 3rd semester using the book
and media computation methods, and so far our students are enjoying it
-- enrollment is up, as is retention.
Department of Information Studies & Department of Computer Science
College of Computing and Information
University at Albany
State University of New York
135 Western Avenue
Albany New York 12222
From Georgia Tech and Gainesville College
- Guzdial, M. and Tew, A.E., (2006) Imagineering Inauthentic Legitimate Peripheral Participation: An Instructional Design Approach for Motivating Computing Education. Proceedings of the Second International Computing Education Research Workshop, (Canterbury, UK), 51-58. [PDF]
- "Narrating Data Structures: The Role of Context in CS2" by Svetlana Yarosh and Mark Guzdial. Presented at ICER 2007 in September, 2007, and to appear in Journal of Educational Resources for Computing yarosh-icer2007-v2.pdf
- Guzdial and Forte. "Design Process for a Non-majors Computing Course."
designing-non-major-CS1-v6.pdf SIGCSE 2005.
Describes the design process for CS1315 Introduction to media computation and the results of a follow-up survey to CS1315 students one semester and one year after taking the course.
- Tew, Fowler, and Guzdial. "Tracking an innovation in introductory CS education from a research university to a Two-Year College." SIGCSE 2005.
Contrasting the results of introduction of the media computation class at Georgia Tech and Gainesville College. (Teaser: It worked even better at Gainesville, on several measures!).
- Forte and Guzdial. (May 2005). "Motivation and Non-Majors in Computer Science: Identifying Discrete Audiences for Introductory Courses." IEEE Transactions on Education. MotivationNonMajors.pdf
- Forte and Guzdial. (2004). "Computers for Communication, Not Calculation: Media as a Motivation and Context for Learning." Proceedings of the Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences, January 5 – 8, 2004, Big Island, Hawaii. CommNotCalc.pdf
- Report on Pilot Offering of CS1315 (With Comparison to CS 1321 and COE 1361) - May 2003
- Lauren Rich, Heather Perry, Mark Guzdial, "A CS1 Course Designed to Address Interests of Women" for SIGCSE 2004
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