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Can the ­.s. Afford ­niversities Focusing on Research Over Teaching?
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Can the ­.s. Afford ­niversities Focusing on Research Over Teaching?

The American University system is increasingly turning toward research and away from teaching. The result is higher costs, and we can get quality education without...

Why do the ­.K. and Sweden Take Computing Education Research More Seriously Than the ­.S.?
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Why do the ­.K. and Sweden Take Computing Education Research More Seriously Than the ­.S.?

The UK and Sweden are establishing research centers on Computing Education. Where's the USA?

Tell Me a Story: Join the Effort to Collect Teacher Stories
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Tell Me a Story: Join the Effort to Collect Teacher Stories

Sally Fincher wants your stories about being a teacher, every month for a year, to figure out how to improve teaching and learning.

What Do Scientists and Engineers Need to Know About Computer Science?
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What Do Scientists and Engineers Need to Know About Computer Science?

As computational science and engineering becomes more common, it becomes important to ask what should all scientists and engineers know about computer science to...

Computer Science Left out of National Academies Report
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Computer Science Left out of National Academies Report

 The new draft framework from the National Research Council on "science, engineering, and technology" makes no mention of computer science.

Albion College Eliminates Computer Science
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Albion College Eliminates Computer Science

Albion College decides to eliminate the computer science major due to budget cuts and low enrollment, because it's not really part of 21st century work.

The Complicated Issues of Computing Education in Qatar
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The Complicated Issues of Computing Education in Qatar

The ACM Education Board visited Qatar at the beginning of May.  At Qatar University, 70% of the students in CS are women, and those we met are hungry to produce...

Cleaving Computer Science Into New Degrees
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Cleaving Computer Science Into New Degrees

Computer science is becoming too broad to fit under the tyranny of a single bachelors degree.  Cleaving the BS in CS into new degrees is a natural growth path.

Connecting Computing Education Research to Practice
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Connecting Computing Education Research to Practice

The SIGCSE 2010 keynotes by Sally Fincher and Carl Weiman suggest how we connect research to changing practice.  It's complicated!  It's enculturation. 

The Impact of Open Source on Computing Education
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The Impact of Open Source on Computing Education

 Open source provides a large collection of valuable software to the world.  There may be downsides to open source for computing education, especially for the goal...

Are There Too Many It Jobs or Too Many It Workers?
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Are There Too Many It Jobs or Too Many It Workers?

The latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics report is out, and it says that computing is booming!  So why are there so many IT workers complaining about being laid...

Progress on the New Ap CS
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Progress on the New Ap CS

Progress on the new Advanced Placement exam in Computer Science is progressing, but it's still early to see how it's going to end up and whether it will achieve...

Georgia Again "counts" Ap CS
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Georgia Again "counts" Ap CS

Georgia again counts the Advanced Placement test in Computer Science towards high school grauation requirements.  The story highlights the challenges of making...

Blogging Informatics Education Europe Iv, Day Two
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Blogging Informatics Education Europe Iv, Day Two

The second day of Informatics Education IV in Freiburg, Germany, focused on accreditation, expanding enrollments, student engagement, parellelism, and interdisciplinarity...

Blogging Informatics Education Europe Iv, Day One
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Blogging Informatics Education Europe Iv, Day One

Informatics Education Europe, a workshop sponsored by ACM, BCS, Intel, and Microsoft, is focusing on improving computing education across Europe.

Ap Cs No Longer Counts For High School Graduation in Georgia (for Now)
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Ap Cs No Longer Counts For High School Graduation in Georgia (for Now)

Georgia used to count AP CS as a fourth "science" class towards high school graduation. As of 1 October 2009, that is no longer true.

How We Teach Introductory Computer Science Is Wrong
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How We Teach Introductory Computer Science Is Wrong

Research in educational psychology in the last 20 years calls into question our most common teaching methods in introductory courses: Teaching programming by having...

Why Doesn't the ­s Fund Computing Education Research?
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Why Doesn't the ­s Fund Computing Education Research?

How do we bootstrap research in computing education?  Existing education research programs only fund the best research, with the best measurement instruments and...

CS Faculty Cause Inequality
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CS Faculty Cause Inequality

A series of recent articles suggests that higher education in the United States is actually causing inequality, and that CS faculty play a role in that.

Perception Matters
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Perception Matters

The rapid pace of technology means that there are solutions that worked well, but are now abandoned -- not always for technical reasons.  Perceptions about a technology...
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