A Distributed Expertise Model for Teaching Computing Across Disciplines and Institutions

Abstract

Computing education has permeated virtually all disciplines, expanding learning with new technology and an updated definition of literacy that includes computational thinking. As opportunities for multi-disciplinary courses that include computing increase, so do the challenges placed on faculty to develop such courses and the required computing expertise needed to teach them. This paper defines an approach for leveraging the distributed expertise of faculty across disciplines and institutions in a variety of ways to facilitate cross-institutional and multi-disciplinary education where computing is among the disciplines. Two prototype courses that use this approach are described and evaluated, lessons learned are discussed, and potential future course collaborations are presented.

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