Learning Assistants in Computer Science
Fall 2019


Instructor

Office Hours

Computer Science Department #330G - Robinson Hall 3rd Floor

Course Description

CS 99210: Introductory Learning Assistant Experience in Computer Science (1 s.h.)
This course is designed to provide students with an introductory experience in applied pedagogy associated with collegiate-level Learning Assistant (LA) Models while deepening their mastery of computing fundamentals. Students will review and prepare for practicum in a computing related course with exposure to LA skills and strategies. Students will utilize learned LA skills and fundamental computing knowledge to facilitate in-class active and collaborative learning exercises in small student groups. This course is recommended for all students interested in developing depth of their computing knowledge with some specific pedagogical methods while also enhancing their communication and interpersonal skills via student mentorship and staff collaboration.

CS 99310: Advanced Learning Assistant Seminar in Computer Science (3 s.h.)
This course is designed to provide students with more advanced experience in applied pedagogy associated with collegiate-level Learning Assistant (LA) Models while further deepening their mastery of computing fundamentals. Students will focus on the implementation of LA skills and strategies while completing their practicum in a computing related course. Students will apply learned LA skills and computing knowledge in areas of assessment, design, development, and facilitation of in-class active and collaborative learning activities and exercises. This course is recommended for all students interested in continuing their development of some specific computing pedagogical methods, communication techniques, and interpersonal skills via student mentorship and staff collaboration.

Prerequisites

Class Times and Locations

Course Structure

The Rowan Computer Science Department LA program with this course will integrate Content, Practice, and Pedagogy:
  1. Content - attendance at weekly meetings with faculty instructors to identify problems from the previous week and to prepare for the upcoming week.
  2. Practice - facilitation of small group learning by promoting useful dialog in active/collaborative group-worthy activities, refraining from providing answers directly, engaging groups in development of critical thinking to achieve solutions, and asking for articulation of ideas and reasoning justification.
  3. Pedagogy - completion of assignments and assessments in the formal study of learning strategies, instructional approaches, and development/implementation of other pedagogical theories and practices as associated with collegiate-level learning assistant models in computing-related courses.
This course will include weekly meetings with supervising professor and in-class practicum work in computing related courses where LAs will act as peer facilitators for small group discussions and help professors guide students in problem analysis and resolution. LAs will typically be in the classroom between 1 and 3 hours per week to work directly with the faculty member in these tasks. Faculty and staff members who take on LAs for their course will also guide LAs in learning strategies and teaching techniques during weekly meetings as well as supervise/instruct the LAs during the actual class period. LAs will progress from simple shadowing to more independent facilitation of student groups throughout the course. LAs will also be expected to document aspects of their classroom experience and research.

Working with an instructor of a specific computing course, the LA will review/perform some the exercise problems prior to class, identifying the major purpose(s) and concepts demonstrated in the exercise. LAs will be expected to complete some type of preparation in addition to the in-class student facilitations, possibly to include: The above stated activities are guidelines and the exact content will vary depending on the course and the supervising faculty member.

Textbook and Required Materials

Grading

The grading components for the INTR LA course will be as follows:
% Criteria Details Date
25 Posts Reflections and observations Weekly
50 Practicum Attendance and evalutions Weekly
25 Assignment Assigned project TBD

The grading components for the ADV LA course will be as follows:
% Criteria Details Date
10 Posts Reflections and observations Weekly
30 Practicum Attendance and evalutions Weekly
15 Group Assignment Assigned group presentation TBD
45 Individual Assignment Assigned individual project TBD

Attendance

Regular attendance is required and expected by Rowan for all practicum work and meetings with the supervising instructor. PRIOR to an absence where your attendance is expected, you should notify your professor/instructor and discuss making up anything missed. You are also still responsible for any missed material and completing all work by the assigned due dates.

For more information on student attendance responsibilities, see the Rowan Attendance Policy as well as discuss with your practicum & supervising professors.

Classroom Decorum

All students are held to certain standards of conduct and are expected to help promote the learning environment by respecting their instructor/classmates/students and by adhering to the Rowan Classroom Behavior Policy thereby:

Class Withdrawal Policy

Date Process Transcript
Before 9/9 Drop/add courses easily without forms or approvals Course will not be shown
Before 9/16 Late drop/add with form and approvals Course will not be shown
Before 10/28 Withdraw from course with form and instructor signature Course grade of W
Before 11/25 Late withdraw for extenuating circumstances having Dept. of Computer Science approval with instructor and Department Chair withdrawal form signatures Course grade of WP or WF (as determined by instructor)
Starting 11/26 NO withdrawals except with extreme hardship requests in 1 or more of the outlined hardship categories receiving approval through the process Course grade of WP or WF (as determined by instructor)

Acceptable Use Policies

By registering and taking this course, you are agreeing to follow all Rowan computer and network acceptable use policies for faculty, staff, and students. Detailed information may be found on the Rowan Acceptable Use Policy, Computer Lab Usage Policy, Workstation Use Policy, and Mobile Electronic Device Policy. Or, access all the Rowan Information Resources & Technology Policies and Procedures.

Statement of Accommodation

Your academic success is important. If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work, please provide your professor with a letter of accommodation on the first day/meeting of your class. Students must provide documentation of their disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations. The Academic Success Center can be reached at 856-256-4234. The Center is located on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. We look forward to working with you to meet your learning goals.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Plagiarism and cheating in ANY form is considered academic dishonesty and will NOT be tolerated in any of your classes.
Students are encouraged to share ideas and consult with other resources. However, all submitted work (except group work as determined by the instructor) is expected to be fully comprehended and completed individually. Work may NOT be copied in whole or in part from the Internet, book, another student, etc... and allowing others to view or copy your work is also strictly forbidden.

It is the student's responsibility to be fully familar with the Rowan Academic Integrity Policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Students will be held accountable to firmly adhere to these policies. By the act of assignment/assessment submission, it will be assumed that students thereby affirm that they have neither received nor provided any unauthorized assistance with the completion of their work. The CS Academic Integrity Self-Test and the CS Department Academic Integrity Pledge may also be required to be completed as confirmation of understanding and acceptance of the given policies.

ALL academic integrity violations will be reported via the Report of an Academic Integrity Violation (RAIV) Form and will result in penalties that may include a failing course grade and/or probation, suspension, or expulsion from Rowan.

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