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SIGCSE TS 2023
Wed 15 - Sat 18 March 2023 Toronto, Canada

This program is tentative and subject to change.

Thu 16 Mar 2023 14:35 - 15:00 at 714 - Instructor Perspectives Chair(s): Adelaida Medlock

Computer science instructors have one of the most crucial roles in training and making educational materials. However, they face many challenges everyday that make it difficult to provide a high-quality learning experience to their students. Additionally, trends in demand for computer science training is rapidly increasing and to meet this demand, classrooms need to run on a larger scale, which may exacerbate instructor pain points further. While many of the previous studies in the computer science education community have focused on how to improve the students’ learning experience, in this study we investigate computer science instructors. It is paramount to understand how instructors can be supported more effectively while continuing to improve the material they use in their courses and allow them to focus on student needs. To understand these instructor challenges, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 32 computer science instructors at universities and community colleges to ask about their experiences in preparing course material, lecturing, grading, providing feedback to students, and what they wished they could change. In this paper, we summarize our findings as themes of challenges and pain points for instructors, the consequences of not solving them, and suggested guidelines that may help resolve or reduce these pain points.

This program is tentative and subject to change.

Thu 16 Mar

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13:45 - 15:00
Instructor PerspectivesPapers at 714
Chair(s): Adelaida Medlock Drexel University
13:45
25m
Paper
Instructor Perspectives on Prerequisite Courses in ComputingIn-Person
Papers
Sophia Krause-Levy University of California, San Diego, Adrian Salguero University of California, San Diego, Rachel S. Lim University of California San Diego, Hayden McTavish University of California San Diego, Jelena Trajkovic California State University Long Beach, Leo Porter University of California San Diego, William G. Griswold University of California San Diego
DOI
14:10
25m
Paper
What is an Algorithms Course? Survey Results of Introductory Undergraduate Algorithms Courses in the U.S.In-Person
Papers
Michael Luu University of California, Irvine, Matthew Ferland University of Southern California, Varun Nagaraj Rao Princeton University, Arushi Arora University of California, Irvine, Randy Huynh University of California Irvine, Frederick Reiber Boston University, Jennifer Wong-Ma University of California, Irvine, Michael Shindler University of California, Irvine
DOI
14:35
25m
Paper
What is your biggest pain point? An investigation of CS instructor obstacles, workarounds, and desiresIn-Person
Papers
Samim Mirhosseini North Carolina State University, Austin Z. Henley Microsoft, Chris Parnin North Carolina State University
DOI