Location: Great Hall, UFV Student Union Building
The 22nd annual Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education, in cooperation with the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), is a forum for discussing the development of computing programs and curricula and for sharing innovative strategies and tools for teaching and learning in fields such as computer science, computer technology, information systems and information technology.
The Conference strives to bring together university and college educators, as well as industry and government representatives who have an interest in computing education. Please refer to past WCCCE conferences for more information.
All accepted submissions will appear in the proceedings to be included in the ACM Digital Library.
Talk title: Active Learning works across college STEM classrooms
Summary: HHMI, AAAS, the President’s Council on Science and Technology, among other national agencies, are all calling for the increased use of active learning methods in college STEM classrooms. But, what is the evidence that these methods work? In this talk, I will explore the evidence collected across hundreds of studies that active learning can both increase student achievement and decrease failure rates in STEM classrooms. I will also address the potential of these methods to reduce achievement gaps between historically underrepresented groups in science and majority groups.
Bio: Dr. Sarah L. Eddy is an Assistant Professor in Biology and the STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University. She received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Zoology at Oregon State University. Sarah completed a postdoctoral scholarship in biology education at the University of Washington. Trained as a behavioral ecologist, Sarah has shifted from studying behavior in a field setting to behavior in college classrooms. Her research focuses on understanding how college instructors can contribute to the goal of equal participation of historically underrepresented groups in science careers, specifically by documenting current disparities in student experiences and working with faculty to deploy classroom interventions to addressing these. In addition to scholarly publications, Sarah’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Science, and Insight into Diversity.
Talk title: Preparing for the BC Tech Opportunity
Bio: Bill Tam, President & CEO of BC Tech, has been actively involved in guiding the success of entrepreneurial companies as a founder, executive, investor, advisor and board member for the past 20 years. He first joined BC Tech as a CEO-in-Residence with the Centre4Growth program, advising over 30 companies from startups to mid-stage technology firms. Prior to BC Tech, Bill was the CEO of EQO Communications, a mobile startup that created the first mobile Skype application. Bill was also a Partner at SpringBank TechVentures, an early stage venture capital fund where he led investments in software and wireless. Early in his startup career, he was a founding executive and Chief Marketing Officer at MetroNet Communications, a next-generation telecommunications startup that grew to become the largest competitive telecom company in Canada. Bill has held senior executive positions at AT&T, Rogers, Jones Cable, Infowave Software and Bell Canada. He currently lends his expertise as an industry advisor for BCNet, Simon Fraser University and UBC; and volunteers his time supporting students and aspiring entrepreneurs. Bill holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
Computer Information Systems Department, UFV
Office of the Dean of Professional Studies, UFV
Electronic Recycling Association
Western Canadian Computing Education Society
Great Hall, Student Union Building
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC
Canada V2S 7M8