Computer Science Colloquium Series Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:30-1:15 CCT 208 “Using Principles of Imagineering to Design Computing Courses for All” Refreshments will be served!!!

A significant challenge in teaching computing (especially programming) is that many students see it as irrelevant.  After you learn Microsoft Office, what else is there?  At Georgia Tech, we have developed a successful introduction to computing course for liberal arts, architecture, and management majors whose focus is programming to manipulate digital media.  The design process we used draws upon principles like those used by the Disney Imagineers in creating theme parks.  This talk describes how to use principles of Imagineering as a guide towards creating motivating and engaging computing classes for everyone, as a steppingstone to a truly computationally literate citizenry.

The lecture will be given by Dr. Mark Guzdial. Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was the Director of Undergraduate Programs (including the BS in Computer Science, BS in Computational Media, and Minor in Computer Science) until October 2007. Mark is a member of the GVU Center, the Cognitive Science program, and the EduTech Institute. He received his Ph.D. in education and computer science (a joint degree) at the University of Michigan in 1993, where he developed Emile, an environment for high school science learners programming multimedia demonstrations and physics simulations. He was the original developer of the CoWeb (or Swiki), which is now one of the most widely used Wiki engines in Universities around the world. He is the inventor of the Media Computation approach to learning introductory computing, which uses contextualized computing education to attract and retain students.