Monday, February 11, 2008
11:00 AM
Computer Studies Bldg. Room 209
Dr. Barbara Ryder
Rutgers University
Experiences with Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL)
Rutgers Emerging Scholars in Computer Science program (RESCS) is a program designed to recruit top incoming freshmen with strong math/science backgrounds, from groups currently underrepresented in Computer Science, to enroll in an introductory Computer Science course that includes a special additional discussion section. In the two hour weekly discussion session, participating students work in small groups on challenging problems designed to help them gain a thorough and in-depth understanding of the class material, under the guidance of peer leaders. This effort is supported by a collaborative NSF grant that established a consortium of 8 colleges and universities (i.e., Beloit, Duke, Georgia Tech, Loyola (MD), Purdue, Rutgers, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee).

This talk will discuss our experiences running RESCS at Rutgers in our CS1 course, since Fall 2005 as part of this consortium. We will present how we organized the effort, how the experimental pedagogy was setup at our institution, (some) quantitative and (more) qualitative results, and our conclusions.

Our website is My collaborators in this project at Rutgers are Pradip Hari, co-ordinator of our CS1 course, and the peer leaders who have worked with me over the past 4 years, Aneta Biesiadecka, Sara Hahn, Helen Nayfeld, Emily Rodriguez, Tom Schirripa, Mai Elsamahy, Alex Luchansky, Mariya Nagorna, Khrystyne Williams.

BIO: Dr. Barbara G. Ryder is a Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D degree in Computer Science at Rutgers in 1982. She previously worked in the 1970’s at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. Dr. Ryder’s research interests focus on static and dynamic program analyses for object-oriented systems, focusing on usage in practical software tools.

Refreshments provided at 10:45