Basser Seminar Series

Inspiring computing education with media

Speaker: Professor Mark Guzdial
Georgia Institute of Technology

Time: Thursday 24 November 2011, 5:00-6:00pm
Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Abstract

The desire to tell stories with digital media has driven advances in computing technology. Manipulating media are also a compelling context to teach students about computer science. This talk will be 1/2 an interactive lecture about computer science using digital media to motivate deep ideas like human perception and information theory. The other 1/2 will be a talk about the talk: what works, and why, and what research tells us about how to teach computing.

Speaker's biography

Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on learning sciences and technology, specifically, computing education research. He has published several books on the use of media as a context for learning computing. He received the Ph.D. degree in Education and Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 1993. He serves on the ACM Education Board and the ACM SIGCSE Board, and is on the editorial boards of the "Journal of the Learning Sciences," "ACM Transactions on Computing Education," and "Communications of the ACM."