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Dienstag, 14.08.2018 | 16.00 Uhr | F0.530

Talk of Prof. Dr. Martin Ewig

Within the scope of the colloquium of CRC 901 the talk of Prof. Dr. Martin Erwig (Oregon State University) about "Teaching Computing Without Coding" will take place on Tuesday, 14 of August 2018, at 4:00 pm in room F0.530.

Since computation routinely happens outside of machines, it can be explained through everyday situations and stories, without the need to understand any programming language. This is the idea behind the Story Programming approach to teaching computational and algorithmic thinking skills. In this talk I will explain this approach using examples from Hansel and Gretel and Indiana Jones. I will also report on a pilot study performed at Oregon State University that examined the use of Story Programming in a computer science orientation course to determine if it is a viable alternative to the code-focused way of teaching.

Short Bio:
Martin Erwig is the Stretch Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University. His teaching and research is focused on programming languages and explainable computing. He studied computer science at the University of Dortmund, Germany, and completed his PhD and Habilitation at the University of Hagen, Germany, before moving to Oregon in 2000. He is the author of the 2017 book "Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing", which has won the 2017 American Book Fest Best Book Award in the category Education/Academic and an Honorable Mention from the 2018 PROSE Awards.

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