Our Project

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Expanding computing across the higher education curriculum and the training of a computing-savvy workforce has been recognized by the NSF as crucial to the nation’s continued prosperity and security. In this project we focus on using liberal studies courses – part of the education of the vast majority of undergraduates – as a vehicle for the teaching of computational thinking.

The project’s goal is to build a consensus across disciplines toward incorporating computational thinking within liberal studies courses. To achieve this consensus, the project leaders will develop and nurture a community of select faculty across different colleges and departments of DePaul University as well as several other Chicago-area institutions. This community of faculty will work together to develop a framework that can be used by all faculty, including those without formal training in information technology, to understand and integrate computational thinking into Liberal Studies courses at DePaul and elsewhere.

"Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum” is a project funded by the National Science Foundation under the CISE Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Computing Education (CPATH) initiative. The project will run from July 2008 until June 2011.


Publications

C. Miller and A. Settle, "When Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect: Effects of Task Goals on Learning Computing Concepts". To appear in the ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2011.

L. Perković, A. Settle, S. Hwang, and J. Jones, “A Framework for Computational Thinking across the Curriculum”, In ITiCSE 2010: 15th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Ankara, Turkey, June 2010.

C. Miller, L. Perković, and A. Settle, “File References, Trees, and Computational Thinking”, In ITiCSE 2010: 15th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Ankara, Turkey, June 2010.

L. Perković and A. Settle, “Computational Thinking across the Curriculum: A Conceptual Framework”, College of Computing and Digital Media Technical Report 10-001, DePaul University, January 2010.

P. Curzon, J. Peckham, A. Settle, and H. Taylor, Computational Thinking: On Weaving It In, presented at ITiCSE ’09: 14th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Paris, France, July 2009.

O. Astrachan, J. Peckham, and A. Settle, The Present and Future of Computational Thinking, presented at SIGCSE 2009: The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Chattanooga, Tennessee, March 2009.

Presentations

L. Perković, “Computational Thinking across the Curriculum”. At the 2010 CS4HS Chicago 2010, the 2010 Conference for Chicago-area High School CS Temjachers: Enhancing CS Education, June 2010.

A. Settle, “A Framework for Computational Thinking across the Curriculum”. ACCA Computer Science Division Professional Development Day, Benedictine University: April 2010

L. Perković and A. Settle, “A Framework for Computational Thinking across the Curriculum”. At the 2010 DePaul Faculty Teaching and Learning Conference, April 2010

L. Perković and A. Settle, “Computational Thinking across the Curriculum”. At the NSF CCLI/CPATH Showcase, part of SIGCSE 2010: The 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 2010.

A. Settle and L. Perkovic, "Understanding Computational Thinking". Northside College Preparatory High School Faculty Meeting, November 2009

A. Settle and L. Perkovic, "Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum". Northside College Preparatory High School Curriculum Committee, October 2009

A. Settle, "Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum", The Chicago Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, Illinois Institute of Technology: March 2009