298E Educational Outreach

Description

In this course, students will meet once a week to plan set of events during CS Education Week, December 4-10. The class focus will be on planning events for CS Education Week and honing skills for that event. Class will overlap with CS 298L, and students in these two courses will work together. The events will take place at local primary and secondary schools, with the goal of raising student awareness of computer science as a field of study and profession and increasing student confidence in their ability to participate in computer science.

This course will be graded on a pass-fail basis. Credit is largely participation-based, with participation in Computer Science Education Week being a requirement (barring illness or family emergency). There will be little lecturing in class, with the focus being on discussion, training, and planning. Since effective participation is dependent on reading assigned material, students will be expected to read any such material before class. Students will submit a reflection at the end of the semester. This paper will serve as an opportunity to reflect on the experience and provide a form of feedback.


Learning Outcomes

  • be able to describe the importance of this outreach
  • understand several types of outreach events
  • understand the challenges faced by under-represented groups trying to enter CS
  • understand the range of under-represented groups
  • develop teamwork and communication skills


Materials

This course will be pass-fail. Credit is participation-based, with failure to participate in Computer Science Education Week being grounds for failure (barring illness or family emergency). Since effective participation is dependent on reading assigned material, students will be expected to read any such material before class. Students will submit a reflection at the end of the semester following CS Education Week. This paper will serve as an opportunity for them to reflect on their experience and a form of feedback.


Grading

Participation (20%) Students will attend class every week and contribute productively to discussion. If the student is unable to attend class due to extenuating circumstances such as illness or a family emergency, they should contact the instructor as soon as possible. For more details on the university’s class absence policy, please see https://www.umass.edu/registrar/students/policies-and-practices/class-absence-policy

Reading Responses (10%) Students will submit online “journal” responses to the readings. Submissions will be graded on a ✓,✓+ basis. The purpose of these responses is to think critically about the material and prepare oneself for class discussion.

Outreach Event Participation (40%) Students must attend at least one outreach event. We will collect feedback from the school and peer assessments.

  • Outreach Event Attendance (30%)
  • Outreach Event Feedback (10%)

Final Paper (30%) Students will submit a reflection at the end of the semester following CS Education Week. This paper will serve as an opportunity for them to reflect on their experience and a form of feedback.