2012 Fall Symposium

Who: Computer Science Educators in the Greater Philadelphia area, no experience with POGIL is necessary
What: Computer Science and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning Training provided by Clif Kussmaul of Muhlenberg
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Drexel University
Cost: $25

  Eventbrite - CS-POGIL - Fall Symposium 2012

POGIL is a successful pedagogy that has been used for over 20 years in Chemistry education. Its use has spread to other sciences, including computer science and from college level to high school level. Process oriented means that the students learn process skills such as teamwork, consensus building and collaboration explicitly in the lesson. Guided inquiry means that students develop the concept you are teaching by reasoning about a model and answering questions and thinking critically about the model. This is a student-centered approach and helps faculty meet the needs of all students in the classroom. (www.pogil.org)
Clif Kussmaul

CS-POGIL is an NSF funded project to create computer science POGIL activities. If you attended our summer workshop, we introduced a CS-POGIL activity at it. Many attendees requested a full day of POGIL training. We listened. Our Fall Symposium is a CS-POGIL training day. At the end of this day of training you will be able to successfully facilitate a POGIL activity and start to create your own CS-POGIL activities.

Clif Kussmaul is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Muhlenberg College in Bethlehem, PA. He has presented CS-POGIL to computer science educators at CSTA-Philly's Reboot, Renew, Retreat summer workshop in August of 2012 and as a session at CSTA's CS&IT conference in July of 2012. We are very happy to have him back for a full day follow up training for our Greater Philadelphia region computer science educators.

The training will be held at Drexel University. You should use the following address for GPS.
University Crossings (enter through the north side – behind the building near the parking lot, right off of 32nd Street)
3175 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Campus map: http://www.drexel.edu/admissions/visit/directions/map-university-city/ (our building is #89)

We have a few options for parking:
  • Street parking is available, however, you will need to pay at a Kiosk and display the ticket in your car.
  • Two private parking lots, 5-Star on JFK and Park American on Market Street.
  • Drexel's public garage on 34th and Market is $12 for the day
  • If Septa is an option, it is only a one block walk from 30th Street Station.

 Here is the map to help: http://drexel.edu/dbs/parkingServices/locations/parkingMap/ (the two lots mentioned above are green circles; the others are permit parking only, except the garage, which is marked “G”).

We will have beverages and snacks available all day. There are plenty of lunch options in the immediate area, we will be organizing Birds of  a Feather lunch groupings. You will leave with a certificate of contact hours and a set of materials to help you implement this exciting, student-centered pedagogy!

Hope to see you there!