CMU 15-539: Computer Science Pedagogy, Fall 2017
Notes: Getting Started
- The (unfortunate) state of high school CS education in the US
- The rising tide of change (parents, educators, companies, local schools, etc)
Some (expensive but encouraging) alternatives exist
- Project Lead the Way
- Khan Academy
- More coming all the time! And yet... The problems remain...
Our part of the solution
To design, build, deploy, and support a novel, fun, engaging, world-class, free (or nearly free), online, autograded high school computer science curriculum with its associated professional development for teachers.
- This course and the new curriculum are housed in the new CMU Computer Science Academy (academy.cs.cmu.edu)
- SCS Dean's Goal: 1 million students within 5 years.
Description of our 4 levels
- Level 0: pre-HS (Scratch, Alice, AppInventor, ....)
Level 1: 1-semester 9th-grade Python course
- Why 9th-grade? Algebra readiness!
- Why Python? Clarity, ease-of-use. Most popular CS1 language.
- Why for everyone? Digital literacy!
- For everyone. This has deep implications. Cannot be too advanced!
Level 2: 1-semester applied courses
- Comp Math, Comp Science, Comp Art, Comp STEAM, Comp Music, Comp Security, Web Dev, and...
- APCS-Principles (APCS-P) (greater among equals)
Level 3: advanced courses
- Advanced Topics / Advanced Projects
- design, build, test Level1 9th-grade Python course
- Pilot that course (at about 15 participating high schools)
- Design, build, test first Level2 course (APCS-P)
- Release (post-pilot) Level1 course
- Pilot APCS-P course
- Build second Level2 course
- Fall17 (now):
Cannot open-source solutions, autograders, or professional development! Solution: students and faculty own our original work, but we license it back to CMU. We will discuss the details.
Reflections on Getting Started
- It takes time to build something amazing. There will be bumps.
- Building the plane while flying it: we really will have students in January. We have to get something (decent) working, and then refine as we go.
- 15-112 worked this way. The current version is much, much stronger than the first version.
- Parts of this will be uncomfortable because nothing is settled -- we need to invent all the rules (our design and dev practices, our UX, our autograder, etc, etc -- it all has to be invented this semester!)
- If you need a highly-structured course --> in the wrong room
15-539 Student experience
- Experiential learning (learn by doing!)
- Building lots of the content
- Study pedagogy
Review 15-539 Syllabus
- Topic List and Schedule
- Office Hours
- Exams and Quizzes
- Late Policy
- Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
- Acknowledgments and References
- IP Policy
- Statement of Support for Students' Health and Well-being
Universal Teams (everyone is on these teams)
- CS1: Content
- Ideation (Fun + Engaging + Awesome Ideas)
Initial Student/Staff/Faculty Teams
- Graphics+Animation Framework
- Graphic Design
- Student + Teacher UX design (overall "look-and-feel", including IDE, maybe a visualizer)
- Student + Teacher UX implementation (probably React components, as per Frontend team)
- CS Pedagogy
- Related Work / Competitive Analysis
- Extended framework (API's (Google, Amazon, Facebook,...), open-source apps?,....)
- Media: Video (production, distribution, viewing/tracking)
- Media: Online Textbook/Notes (production, distribution, viewing/tracking)
- Media: Free media (sounds, images) for students (on CDN? make our own?)
Initial Staff/Faculty Teams
- Source Mgmt (bug tracking, dev vs pilot vs release, versioning, contribution tracking, ...)
- Outreach Mgmt (tutoring, relationship building, events, focus groups / testing,...)
- Legal (IP, Clearances, IRB, FERPA, ...)
- 539 Student Training (web dev, git, pedagogy, ...)
- 539 Grading
- Process (issue tracking (like bug tracking), team weekly reports,...) + QA + Code Reviews
- Leadership / Project Mgmt
- Media: Web (539, CS Academy, CS Academy dev, CS1-PD pilot, CS1 pilot) CS2-APCSP: Scope+Sequence, Content
- Standards (eg, Blackboard + Canvas integration)
- Localization (multi-language support)
- Marketing (later...)
- Universal Teams (everyone is on these teams)
Demo/Discuss draft of Project Artwork
(Drafts will be displayed in lecture)
Demo/Discuss draft of Animation Framework
(Draft will be displayed in lecture, link sent via piazza)
Two Goals for 15-539:
- Be world-class!
- Have fun!