Fall 2017 Talk Schedule

CASCI Lightning talks & Wikipedia Editing

September 19, 2017
11 am – 12 pm
2116 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing

Speaker: CASCI Members

Abstract: Quick introductions by volunteers from CASCI to introduce their research. Any remaining time to be used as an editing sprint of Wikipedia pages related to CASCI research topics and related areas to improve the quality of the pages and resources.

 

Defining, Designing, and Documenting Computational Thinking for K-12 Learners

October 3, 2017

11 am – 12 pm
2116 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing

[photo]

Speaker: David Weintrop is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning, Policy & Leadership in the College of Education with a joint appointment in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of accessible and engaging computational learning environments. He is also interested in the use of technological tools in supporting exploration and expression across diverse contexts including STEM classrooms and informal spaces. His work lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, design, and the Learning Sciences. David has a Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. He spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago studying computer science learning in elementary classrooms prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland. Before starting his academic career, he spent five years working as a software developer at a pair of start-ups in Chicago.

Abstract: Computing is changing our world. From how we work, to how we communicate and how we relax – few aspects of our world have been left unaffected by computation and the technologies that it enables. Computational thinking and its constituent skills, such as using abstractions, debugging, and programming, are essential for understanding and contributing to our increasingly digital landscape, yet these practices are rarely encountered in contemporary K-12 education. In this talk, I will lay out a program of research investigating three related research questions: What is computational thinking? How do we study it? And how can we design learning opportunities to make it accessible to all learners? Using data from three studies, I will provide examples of computational thinking in distinct settings and discuss methodological and design approaches for creating meaningful computational thinking learning experiences. I will conclude the talk with the implications of this work with respect to the design of current and emerging learning environments and discuss future directions for research on bringing computational thinking learning opportunities to all learners.

Title TBA

October 17, 2017

11 am – 12 pm
2116 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing

[photo]

Speaker: Adam Kriesberg is a a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.

Abstract: TBA

Title TBA

October 31, 2017

11 am – 12 pm
2116 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing

[photo]

Speaker: Andrea Hackl is a senior research fellow with Ranking Digital Rights. She holds a Ph.D. from American University’s School of Communication, where she focused on issues related to Internet governance and minority rights. Her work has been published in the journals Information, Communication & Society and Telecommunications Policy. She also wrote a white paper on the technology needs of homeless LGBTQ youth that helped the organization LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute create a cellphone program for at risk youth.

Abstract: TBA

Title TBA

November 14, 2017

11 am – 12 pm
2116 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing

[photo]

Speaker: Tatevik Sargsyan is  a senior research fellow with Ranking Digital Rights. She holds a Ph.D. from American University’s School of Communication (SOC), where her work revolved around privacy and the privatization of digital public sphere. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at American University and teaches courses on the social impact of information and communication technologies. Previously, Tatevik served as a Google Policy Fellow at the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and conducted policy analysis on privacy and freedom of expression. Her research has been featured in academic journals such as International Journal of Communication and Internet Policy Review. Tatevik is also a fellow at the Internet Law and Policy Foundry—a collaborative platform for early-career internet law and policy professionals.

Abstract: TBA

Title TBA

December 5, 2017

11 am – 12 pm
2116 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing

[photo]

Speaker: Oluwasinatoyin Ayanlade is a Research Fellow at the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

Abstract: TBA
CASCI Talk Series Fall 2017 was organized by Priya Kumar. Please direct questions about the schedule to pkumar12@umd.edu or casci@umd.edu.