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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

IC2Think

The Integrated Computational and Creative Thinking Project

The Computational Creativity Project

Renaissance Computing

The Renaissance Computing project at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln performed a radical re-thinking and revitalization on the core CS curriculum. The purpose of this project was to (a) inculcate “computational thinking” into general education on campus, (b) contextualize computer science education with today’s interdisciplinary applications and challenges to improve participation and retention, and (c) promote the use of computer-aided education tools to facilitate better access to materials and learning environment. This project has progressed singificantly and resulted in different versions of the CS1 course designed for enginneering, humanities, and science students. The IC2Think project builds on the courses developed for Renaissance Computing by having students in these courses take the individual lesson modules to further reinforce instruction on core CS topics.

Intelligent Learning Object Guide

The Intelligent learning Object Guide (iLOG) project created a suite of 20+ introductory CS (CS1) learning objects (LOs) which are usable on any SCORM-compliant learning management system (e.g., Blackboard, Moodle, etc.). These LOs cover a range of computational thinking concepts such as arrays, constants & variables, conditionals, iterations, searching, sorting, and recursion. The iLOG project also developed a LO wrapper that tracks all student interactions with the LO and uploads them in-real-time to an external database. The IC2Think project utilzes the iLOG Learning Objects directly to provide the computational thinking side of the individual lesson modules.

Re-Inventing CS Curriculum

The reinventing CS curriculum project at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln restructured the introductory level computer science courses to address the problem of high dropout rates among students at universities nationwide. Included in this restructuring process is a framework for hands-on laboratories and two online-based learning objects designed to inculcate programming skills into students. This new course material is based on rigorous experimentation from both educational psychology and instructional technology.

Girls Empowerment and Mentoring

The Girls Empowerment and Mentoring project at UNL aims to inspire secondary school girls to study computing at the post-secondary level. Funded by a seed grant from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), the project centers on a team essay writing contest where each team of participants, guided by a pair of mentors, uses Wiki to construct their essay and forums to exchange ideas, with the help of female undergraduate students in CS. Each essay focuses on a particular CS application, such as how movie animations work or how CS has impacted cancer research.

Intelligent Agents and Muliagent Systems Group

The Intelligent Agents and Multiagent Systems (IAMAS) group at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln is headed by Dr. Leen-Kiat Soh. IAMAS focuses on coalition formation, negotiation and machine learning research areas with an application towards computer-aided education.