Problem Upon Problem: Integrating PBL Throughout a Computing Curriculum
Thursday, March 10 10:15-10:45 AM
Every instructor in a computing field is working to engage students in deep problem solving and independent critical thinking. In our interdisciplinary IT department, our experiences indicate to us that students make the most marked improvements to their abilities in analyzing and solving complex computational problems when we pursue pedagogies that support them in developing these skills in an incremental manner, not only within a single course, but throughout their experiences with us. We pursue a problem-based learning approach across the curriculum of the entire department, scaffolding the content and learning outcomes at each level to build on one another. Thus, while each course has its own specific objectives, every course is also integrated thoughtfully and intentionally into a departmental pedagogy.