"Beyond Lectures"

Matthias Hauswirth, University of Lugano

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00 Noon

Room 368 (CIT 3rd floor)

Lecturing is a common form of teaching in undergraduate classrooms. But lecturing is not necessarily the most effective teaching approach. In this talk we present three techniques and tools we developed and used at the University of Lugano to augment or replace traditional lecturing: (1) Informa Clicker is a classroom response system that goes beyond multiple-choice clickers and provides the instructor with deep early insights into the students' understanding. (2) Our interactive informatics science center turned our students into teachers, allowing them to explain concepts they studied to novice visitors. (3) Informa Mastery Learning helps to turn synchronous courses into asynchronous learning experiences, allowing students to progress at their own pace. In this talk we present ideas and prototypes, instead of fully evaluated solutions. We hope to trigger discussions and receive feedback from everyone interested in computer science education.

Matthias is an associate professor at the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Lugano in Switzerland. His research straddles the boundaries between programming languages, software engineering, and education. Matthias loves helping people--from middle school students to professional software developers--to understand the beauty of informatics and the complexities of today's computer systems.

Host: Shriram Krishnamurthi