Teaching Students how to Teach Themselves: Building resilience in to the curriculum

Date(s) - 09/06/2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Moray College UHI

SICSA is pleased to be sponsoring a talk by Dr Karen Petrie, Reader at the University of Dundee entitled “Teaching Students how to Teach Themselves: Building resilience in to the curriculum”

Abstract: Most disciplines face the problem of rapidly changing ideas of ‘cutting edge’ and research led curriculum must, by their very nature, be changing constantly. This is particularly true in computing where there is a dual demand both to teach generic programming concepts and specific languages. (This is like using French to teach students grammatical concepts and then expecting them to pick up German if that is what a future employer needs).  In order, to equip our students for such a fast moving workplace we need to teach them not just how to program in a particular programming language, but how to learn new programming languages. This talk describes how I rewrote the 2nd year undergraduate programming curriculum to face this challenge. In the subsequent workshop, we will then investigate other ways to build resilience in to the curriculum

Biography: Dr. Petrie is currently Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee. She chairs the University of Dundee Qualifications Approval Group, which has spent a large proportion of the last 4 years looking at Curriculum for Excellence and how it will affect the University. You can see the result of this work at: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/cfe/. She is also the educational director of SICSA, the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, which is a Scottish Funding Council Research Pool, comprising 14 of Scotland’s universities.

Dr. Petrie is a Reader in the discipline of Computing Science, where she undertakes research in both Artificial Intelligence and Education.

This talk is being organised by Su Engstrand, University of the Highlands and Islands

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