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Using History to Improve Undergraduate Teaching of
Computer Science

August 6 - 7, 2001
Amherst College, Amherst Massachusetts

With support from the National Science Foundation, Computing Research Association organized a workshop on Using History to Improve Undergraduate Teaching of Computer Science. Speakers included a number of leading scholars in the history of computing.

There was no registration fee, but faculty registered in advance to attend. There were also a limited number of scholarships that covered the costs of food and lodging for the workshop. Registrations and scholarships were given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.


August 6, 2001

9:00 AM Welcome and Overview - William Aspray (Computing Research Association)

9:15 AM Participant Discussion
Where are you from?
In what courses would you like to use history?
What do you hope to gain from the workshop?

10:00 AM Tools and Methods [resource file]- Thomas Haigh (Colby College)
11:00 AM Panel Discussion History of Computing Course
William Aspray (Computing Research Association)
J.A.N. Lee (Virginia Tech)
Michael Mahoney (Princeton University)
Noon Lunch
1:30 PM The Introductory Course
In the CS Department - J.A.N. Lee (Virginia Tech)
In the Humanities/I-School [handout] - Nathan Ensmenger (University of Pennsylvania)
2:30 PM Case Studies in the Use of History in Higher-Level CS Courses
Networking - Janet Abbate (University of Maryland, College Park)
3:15 PM Panel Discussion Preparing Students for a Career
Business Considerations - Thomas Haigh (Colby College)
Professional Considerations [handout] - Nathan Ensmenger (University of Pennsylvania)
Ethical Considerations - Chuck Huff (St. Olaf College)
5:00 PM Conclusion of First Day

August 7, 2001

Case Studies in the Use of History in Higher-Level CS Courses

9:00 AM Theory - Michael Mahoney (Princeton University)
10:00 AM  Software Engineering [slides] - James Tomayko (Carnegie Mellon University)
11:00 AM Numerical analysis/scientific computation [handout]- Gerard Alberts (CWI, Amsterdam)
Noon Lunch
1:30 PM Building a Diverse Student Body
The Current Issue - William Aspray (Computing Research Association)
Using History as a Tool [handout]- Jennifer Light (Northwestern University)
2:30 PM Evaluation and Future Plans
3:00 PM Conclusion of Workshop

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