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Fri 22 Mar 2024 13:45 - 14:10 at Meeting Rooms B117-119 - Active Learning Chair(s): Shanon Reckinger

Service learning is an experiential pedagogy in which students learn through providing services or products for community partners. Computer and information science students can develop valuable products for community organizations. However, while service learning is shown to serve students and has potential to serve the field’s diversity goals, community partners’ needs are often not served. We explored this asymmetry using an exploratory survey. Faculty from across the U.S. described intended outcomes for students, including how outcomes were assessed. In contrast, fewer than half of respondents described a product that served the partner’s needs and partner outcomes were often not assessed. Two-thirds of respondents judged reaching student goals as more important than partner goals, with only 9% privileging partners. A quarter of respondents considered partner benefits to be only a bonus. Faculty justified their choices by appealing to their mission as educators: to provide learning experiences for students. Yet for a nontrivial partnership commitment under condition of scarce resources, the community partner may be seen as being taken advantage of, which may explain why some respondents have difficulty finding or keeping partners. Further, faculty may not accomplish civic duty goals, since students may tacitly learn that community organizations’ needs are secondary. To aid faculty in making decisions and better integrating community partners’ needs, we offer advice from survey respondents.

Fri 22 Mar

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13:45 - 15:00
Active LearningPapers at Meeting Rooms B117-119
Chair(s): Shanon Reckinger University of Illinois at Chicago
13:45
25m
Talk
Putting the Service into Service Learning: A Report on a Survey of CS Faculty
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Avery Harrell University of Colorado Boulder, Sidney Lentz University of Colorado Boulder, Fujiko Robledo Yamamoto University of Colorado Boulder, Amy Voida University of Colorado Boulder, Lecia Barker University of Colorado Boulder
DOI
14:10
25m
Talk
A Review of Cognitive Apprenticeship Methods in Computing Education Research
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Anshul Shah University of California, San Diego, Adalbert Gerald Soosai Raj University of California, San Diego
DOI
14:35
25m
Talk
Bite-Sized Experiential Education for Computer and Information Science
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Julia Dean CU Boulder, Lecia Barker University of Colorado Boulder, Amy Voida University of Colorado Boulder
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