Computing in Context

Project No.
1141209
PI Name
Robert Beck
Institution
Villanova University


IUSE-EHR/TUES/CCLI

Abstract 1

Computing in Context

Presentation Type
Paper
Team
Robert Beck, Villanova University Edward Carr, North Carolina A&T Wingyan Chung, University of Central Florida Edward Fox, Virginia Tech


Need

As computer science moves into its sixth decade as a formal field of study, attention is focused on the breadth of relationships between computing and other disciplines. Descriptors of this relationship include computing in context, computing + X, computational X, or interdisciplinary computing. Students need to understand how the power of computing informs and shapes ideas throughout the academy and society. They need to learn appropriate concepts in computing and see these applied to other areas of study, which will be achieved through active learning approaches as they tackle questions flowing from societyメs ever-changing reliance on computationally based devices and modes of interaction

Goals

The overarching goals for the project are:
-- Explore the relationship between computing and other disciplines developing modules to help students understand how the power of computing shapes ideas.
-- Link the course modules to the CS2013 curriculum guidelines and produce exemplars for them.
-- Use pedagogical strategies for active learning that include tested project-based scenarios, case studies, open-ended problems, and material formulated for guided inquiry.

The principal activity, carried out at each project site, is developing course modules that connect computing to a particular disciplinary area. The connections are demonstrated through inquiry-based learning approaches that challenge students with scenarios tailored to exploration by active learning.

Approach

The project is investigating five contexts in which computing can play a vital role: linguistics, music, information security, sustainability, and web science. In each case, the process brings together a small team of scholar/teachers who are experts in the context and keen to include computing as an essential component of the approach to understanding ideas from the context. Each teamメs goal is to create and test course modules that exemplify this approach to learning. The modules are to be structured as inquiry-based learning segments of the overall set of course activities.

Outcomes

The papers cited in the project bibliography contain the principal outcome of the project: formally described modules that show the role of computing in a variety of context. Some of the modules have been put in the EngageCSEdu repository; others are candidates for exemplars for the CS2013 curriculum document.

Broader Impacts

The project is designed to contribute to a paradigm shift in undergraduate STEM education. This shift will occur through the development of teaching strategies and learning activities that make use of the strong interconnectivity among students based on their use of smart mobile devices. Activities that pose investigations and creations that are several learning steps away from "Googling" for the answer are essential. Because the project is focused on CS 2013 guidelines and such curriculum guidelines have been heavily used in the past at a large number of institutions across the nation, it is expected that a number of sites will adapt and adopt the active learning strategies investigated in the project.

Unexpected Challenges

No unexpected challenges, only expected ones.

Citations

ユ Chung, W. 'BizPro: Extracting and categorizing business intelligence factors from textual news articles,' International Journal of Information Management, 34(2), 2014, 272-284.
ユ Wingyan Chung, Albert Chan, Daniel Plante, Ray Villalobos, and Joseph Woodside モIntelligence and Security Informatics: Developing Curricular Modules in Context,ヤ Proceedings of the 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Atlanta, GA, March 5-8, 2014.
ユ Chung, W. and Zeng, D., モSocial-media-based public policy informatics: Sentiment and network analyses of U.S. immigration and border security,ヤ Journal of the American Soc. for Info. Sci. and Tech., 2015.
ユ Liang, Y., Zheng, X., Zeng, D., Zhou, X., Leischow, S., Chung, W. モCharacterizing Social Interaction in Tobacco-Oriented Social Networks: An Empirical Analysis,ヤ Nature Scientific Report, 5:10060, 2015.
ユ Liang, Y., Zheng, X., Zeng, D., Zhou, X., Leischow, S., Chung, W. モExploring what and how tobacco industry present themselves in social media,ヤ Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(1), 2015.
ユ Chung, W., He, S., Zeng, D., Benjamin, V. モEmotion extraction and entrainment in social media: The case of U.S. immigration and border security,ヤ Proc. of the IEEE Intメl Conf. on Intelligence and Security Informatics, Baltimore, MD, May 27-29, 2015, IEEE Press.
ユ Chung, W. モBusiness Analytics in Context: Evaluating New Curricular Modules in an Undergraduate Statistics Course,ヤ Proc. of the 2015 NSF Workshop on Curricular Development for Computing in Context, DeLand, FL, May 13, 2015, ACM Press.
ユ Chan, A. and Chung, W. モTeaching Program Design and Implementation in a Digital Forensics Context,ヤ Proc. of the 2015 NSF Workshop on Curricular Development for Computing in Context, DeLand, FL, May 13, 2015, ACM Press.
ユ Woodside, J. and Johnson, A. モDeveloping Curricular Modules in Context: Mobile Healthcare Security,ヤ Proc. of the 2015 NSF Workshop on Curricular Development for Computing in Context, DeLand, FL, May 13, 2015, ACM Press.
ユ Chung, W., Beck, R., Carr, E., and Fox, E. モIntroduction: The Computing in Context Project and CIC15,ヤ Proc. of the 2015 NSF Workshop on Curricular Development for Computing in Context, DeLand, FL, May 13, 2015, ACM Press.
ユ Carr, E. and Esterline, A. モA First course on Network Science,ヤ Proc. of the 2015 NSF Workshop on Curricular Development for Computing in Context, DeLand, FL, May 13, 2015, ACM Press.
ユ Eckroth, J. モTowards a Cross-Disciplinary Pedagogy for Big Data,ヤ Proc. of the 2015 NSF Workshop on Curricular Development for Computing in Context, DeLand, FL, May 13, 2015, ACM Press.
ユ Chan, A., Chung, W., and Plante, D. モPanel Discussion: How should computing educators respond to changes in higher education?,ヤ Proc. of the 2015 NSF Workshop on Curricular Development for Computing in Context, DeLand, FL, May 13, 2015, ACM Press.
ユ Chung, W., Zeng, D., and Nathan OメHanlon モPredicting influential leaders in political social media: A case of the U.S. immigration reform,ヤ Proc. of Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Workshop on Analytics and Collaboration, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2014.
ユ Chung, W., Zeng, D., and Nathan OメHanlon モIdentifying influential users in social media: A study of U.S. immigration reform,ヤ Proc. of Americas Conf. on Information Systems, Savannah, GA, August, 2014.
ユ Richard Gruss, Tarek Kanan, Xuan Zhang, Mohamed Farag, Mary C. English, and Edward A. Fox. Teaching Big Data Through Project-based Learning in Computational Linguistics and Information Retrieval. In press for Proc. Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges: Southeastern Conference, Roanoke College, Salem, VA, November 6-7, 2015
ユ Tarek Kanan, Xuan Zhang, Mohammed Magdy, and Edward Fox. Big Data Text Summarization for Events: a Problem Based Learning Course. Proc. of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2015). June 21-25, 2015. Knoxville, TN, 87-90.