Community Engagement and Service Learning in Computer Science Education
Friday, September 21, 2018 — 4:30PM-5:30PM
In this birds-of-a-feather session, faculty and students will share their experiences, successes, and challenges with community engagement (CE) and service learning (SL) in computer science education. Both CE and SL are valuable high-impact practices, because they expose students (and instructors) to complex, challenging situations that transcend normal classroom activities. Through interactions with members of the community, students are forced to acknowledge their own beliefs and biases, and strengthen new skills, including interdisciplinary thinking and teamwork. Computer science, unlike many other disciplines, does not have a strong tradition of CE/SL pedagogy, with the possible exception of software engineering courses that sometimes include work with external partners. However, the ubiquity of digital technology in modern life has created new service opportunities for college and university computer science programs. The exact agenda will be determined by the interests of participants, but possible topics include: - Designing courses: setting learning goals, finding community partners - Challenges of CE/SL: confronting uncomfortable situations, managing differences, dealing with unexpected events - Combining teaching, research, and service - Opportunities for community engagement in particular courses: where does CE best fit in the computer science curriculum?
Dan S. Myers, Rollins College