Speaker: Steve Wolfman
University of British Columbia
Title: Developing a Formative Assessment of Instruction for the Foundations of Computing Stream
Pedagogy is changing quickly in CS and apparently for the better, but how do we know how it affects students' understanding of core concepts and skills? Science education assessment in several disciplines has benefitted from simple, broadly usable tools like the Force Concept Inventory. In this talk, I'll discuss my ongoing work identifying and studying core concepts in UBC's "Foundations of Computing" (FoC) sequence--AKA the required undergraduate "theory" courses--and developing from this a short multiple-choice assessment instrument. I will discuss the ideal end product, describe the methodology I am using, and present preliminary results from student and instructor interviews on FoC topics that are broadly accepted as important.
Steve Wolfman is a tenured Senior Instructor in the CS department at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in CS from the University of Washington in 2004. Steve's interests include CS education research, the intersection of elections and CS, interactive engagement lecture styles, board games, cycling, dogs, and his family (not necessarily in that order). His research in educational technology has been published in SIGCSE, ACM Multimedia, CHI, CSCL, and elsewhere. Steve teaches courses all over the map from upper-level programming languages and HCI to intro discrete mathematics.