Disciplinary Thinking, Computational Doing: Collaborating for Mutual Enrichment
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A multi-year effort, led by the Union College computer science (CS) department, in collaboration with two dozen non-CS faculty, resulted in the infusion of a computational component in many non-CS courses and the development of a number of new intermediate-level CS courses. Many of these changes and additions have persisted well beyond the end of the official project period. In this chapter we explore the collaborative mechanisms and the kinds of course changes undertaken.
KeywordsInterdisciplinary Cross-department collaboration Computing education
The National Science Foundation supported elements of this work under Grant No. IIS-0722203. Current and past members of the Union College CS department have contributed to development of curriculum, courses, and competency guidelines, and helped establish our relationships with faculty in other departments: Linda Almstead, Brendan Burns, Aaron Cass, Chris Fernandes, Dave Hannay, David Hemmendinger, John Rieffel, Kristina Striegnitz, Andrea Tartaro, and Nick Webb. Information on all faculty funded under this grant is available at https://muse.union.edu/cpath/, and I particularly acknowledge Eshragh Motahar (Economics), Jeff Corbin (Biology), and Andrew Burkett (English) for their ongoing enthusiasm for and commitment to interdisciplinary applications of computing.
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