Contact: Lighthouse Team
About This Course
The Lighthouse CC is a free professional development course for community college computing instructors who wished to recruit more diverse students in their courses. Community college computing instructors will be able to increase students class enrollments and diversity after taking the course. The research-based course topics include active recruiting strategies, the importance of diversity in computing, inclusive pedagogy, and more. Hands-on activities that are directly applicable to classroom teaching will be provided.
- Module 1: Diversity in Computing
- Module 2: Inclusive Pedagogy
- Module 3: Stereotype Threat
- Module 4: Active Recruiting
- Module 5: A Student-focused Approach
Your brain, your voice, and your enthusiasm.
Module: A Student-focused Approach
Along with Joanne McGrath Cohoon, Jim was the co-creator and is now the leader of the Tapestry and Lighthouse projects for increasing Computer Science diversity through faculty education. Tapestry focuses on the engagement of high school computer science educators; Lighthouse focuses on the engagement of college educators – both faculty and teaching assistants. His Chrestomathics project changed several institutions’ introductory college CS1 curriculum using multiple pathways, active collaborative learning, integrated lecture and laboratory, and tailored examples and pedagogies. Locally, the project raised undergraduate women majors from 12% to ~30% and achieved near proportional representation for underrepresented minorities. In recognition of his diversity efforts he was won the IEEE Computer Society’s Taylor L. Booth Educator Award.
Module: Stereotype Threat
Luther is co-organizer of the Tapestry professional development workshops for high school computer science educators and an integral member of the Lighthouse project. Since 2009, his participation has been exhaustive: presenting, training workshop organizers, managing applications, and running workshops of various lengths. Besides teaching Computer Science at the University of Virginia, his work interests include large-scale curriculum redesign and training teaching assistants. In addition, he is one of the leaders in the Family History Information Standards Organisation.
Module: Diversity in Computing & Active Recruiting
Leslie is a co-organizer of the Tapestry professional development workshops for high school computer science educators. Cintron is a Harvard-trained sociologist with expertise in careers, employment and workforce development, and a founding member of Lighthouse. Cintron served as lead researcher on several research projects focusing on workforce and careers. Her research includes a national study of US worker’s attitudes toward work and family across generational groupings, a study of female high-tech entrepreneurs and an examination of the role of technology in modern life.
Module: Inclusive Pedagogy
Eunice is an education expert for Lighthouse projects. She holds a doctorate in Learning,
DR. JOANNE COHOON
Role: Former team co-leader
Joanne was a sociologist who studied the gender imbalance in computing for almost twenty years, and who successfully put these studies into practice with many projects at both the University of Virginia and NCWIT – the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She along with Jim Cohoon were the co-creators and leaders of the Tapestry and Lighthouse projects for increasing Computer Science diversity through faculty education. Tapestry focuses on the engagement of high school computer science educators; Lighthouse focuses on the engagement of college educators – both faculty and teaching assistants. For the Lighthouse CC MOOC, she developed the prototypes of its diversity and active recruiting modules. Joanne’s commitment to excellence and her belief that educator professional development is a force multiplier for change, inspire us daily. She is sorely missed.
Role: Lead technical staff
Aihua is the leader of the technical staff for Lighthouse. She provides programming support and assistance for the technical aspects of all Lighthouse projects. In particular, her responsibilities include maintaining the Open edX and Discourse platforms for Lighthouse CC, and assisting with MOOC content development. Aihua has a M.S from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Before coming to University of Virginia, she was a product designer for Baidu. Aihua is driven by her strong interests in computing education.
Role: Assist course development, management, and grading
Brittany is 3rd year at the University of Virginia and an undergraduate research assistant for the Lighthouse CC and EC projects. She is pursuing a B.A. in Cognitive Science concentrating in Computer Science and a M.T. in Elementary Education. Her interests include promoting diversity in computing and making quality education accessible.