Improving student-student, student-instructor, and student-grade interactions using lab-centric instruction

Date: 
Monday, May 2, 2011 - 9:18am

UCSB COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS:

Monday, May 9, 2011
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

HOST: Phill Conrad

SPEAKER: Colleen Lewis
UC Berkeley

Title: Improving student-student, student-instructor, and student-grade interactions using lab-centric instruction

Abstract:

At UC Berkeley, many lower division CS courses have been drastically restructured to emphasize hands-on learning, with six hours of lab a week and only a single hour of lecture. This shift has supported the development of what we call lab-centric instruction. This pedagogical approach emphasizes collaboration (student-student interactions), individual support from course staff (student-instructor interactions), and helping students make use of formative assessment (student-grade interactions). The approach and results regarding the effectiveness of the pedagogy are presented for educators interested in improving student learning and motivation.

Bio:

Colleen Lewis is a graduate student at UC Berkeley, studying computer science education. She has her masters and bachelors from UC Berkeley in computer science and EECS respectively. Her research focuses on various cognitive, affective, and cultural factors in the study of computer science.