Pre and post workshops

Chair for pre and post workshops is Beth Simon

ICER workshops offer the computing education community a chance to explore new topics, get an introduction or refresher in analysis techniques, or get a group together to perform some analysis. The details and level of engagement required can vary greatly by workshop (e.g. will work be expected before or after the workshop). This year we are offering 2 workshops, one on Sunday before ICER and one Wednesday after ICER. Each workshop will be approximately 4 hours with no cost for registration. Additional details on the workshop, including possible required commitments, how to register, deadlines, etc., can be found on the linked workshop web pages.

Assessment Validation with Item Response Theory

Sunday August 8:

Abstract: Participants in this workshop will experience hands-on data analysis with basic Rasch model Item Response Theory Analysis and also simple Graded Response Model analysis. A sample data set will be provided for the two analysis, however participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets from either class or experimental settings. The workshop will not only provide instruction on how generate the analysis, but also a question by question analysis of the data and group discussions on how to structure future assessments for better analysis.

Leader/Contact: Leigh Ann Sudol, Carnegie Mellon University

Workshop Webpage:

Title: The socio-cultural theoretical framework and how it can enrich (research in) CS education

Wednesday August 11:

Abstract: During the workshop, participants will be introduced to the socio-cultural theoretical framework, which views learning as a process of enculturation into a community of practice or a culture. Simply put, this framework highlights the fact that mastering computer science (CS) requires much more than conceptual and factual knowledge. It requires the development of a professional point of view: valuing and having the tendency to employ the practices and knowledge of CS professionals. We’ll discuss several learning and teaching difficulties and analyze them through a socio-cultural lens. Participants will be invited to work on a multi-national research project on students’ computer-oriented cultural capital and teachers’ responses to it. This research can be utilized to develop pedagogical approaches that address students’ computer-oriented capital without compromising the formal CS standards. The discussions will use case studies based on data collected by the participants via questionnaires.

Leader/Contact: Yifat Ben-David Kolikant, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Workshop webpage (go here for more details, including registration information):