[ugrads] FW: IPRO 328 Seeking Students from HUM, AMAT, MSED

Greg Fasshauer fasshauer at iit.edu
Tue Aug 21 11:38:21 CDT 2007

Please see the email below for an IPRO you may be interested in. They're
looking for applied math students!


            Greg Fasshauer




Greg Fasshauer

Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Applied Mathematics

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL 60616

Office: Engineering 1, Room 208A,   email: fasshauer at iit.edu

Phone: (312) 567-3149                       or    fass at math.iit.edu

Fax: (312) 567-3135                         URL: http://math.iit.edu/~fass/



From: Tom Jacobius [mailto:jacobius at iit.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 11:05 AM
To: bauerm at iit.edu; grossman at iit.edu; pulliam at iit.edu; pelsmajer at iit.edu;
fasshauer at iit.edu; zawojewski at iit.edu
Subject: Fwd: IPRO 328 Seeking Students from HUM, AMAT, MSED


Hi Matt, David,

I have some concern about the enrollment in IPRO 328 being low at seven
students and having six CS majors and one AMAT. This is not sufficiently
multidisciplinary and doesn't include skill sets related to writing and
education that I think the team could use. I am once again copying those in
Humanities, Applied Math and Math/Science Ed who might be able to steer a
couple of students to IPRO 328. I have been very enthusiastic about this
project, and am hopeful that we can still attract additional students to
create an interdisciplinary experience for everyone. 

The enrollment is currently as follows:

   1  ALTON, WILLIAM         104-20-606     SC  UG2 CS    Enrolled w/ Permit
   2  DOBBIN, JACK H.        103-96-319     SC  UG4 AMAT  Enrolled
   3  GUHAROY, VICTOR        104-05-948     SC  UG3 CS    Enrolled w/ Permit
   4  JOHNSON, LELAND C.     102-86-005     SC  UG4 CS    Enrolled w/ Permit
   5  KOFMAN, ROMAN          103-72-541     SC  UG4 CS    Enrolled w/ Permit
   6  RAKOCZY, ALEXANDER J   104-05-534     SC  UG2 CS    Enrolled w/ Permit
   7  RYMEK, PHILLIP D.      104-23-226     SC  UG3 CS    Enrolled w/ Permit
   8  SONG, YUNSEOK          104-34-343     AC  UG3 EE    Dropped; Has

Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 18:28:11 -0500
To: pulliam at iit.edu, pelsmajer at iit.edu, fasshauer at iit.edu, judiz at iit.edu
From: Tom Jacobius <jacobius at iit.edu>
Subject: IPRO 328 Seeking Students from HUM, AMAT, MSED
Cc: bauerm at iit.edu

We have a strong group of CS and engineering students on the IPRO 328 team,
but could use a couple of students with an interest in education (in this
case, creatively scouting for and developing open-ended problems in context
of real applications (perhaps even those evident in other IPRO team
projects)) as well as writing, so if you or other faculty members are
advising any students regarding IPROs, please keep the following opportunity
in mind (scheduled for Mondays/Wednesdays 3:15 to 4:30). 


Section: Fall 2007- 328 (CS, EE & CPE By Permit) 
Title: Developing a Computer Science Textbook that Incorporates Real and
Practical Open-Ended Problem Solving 
Faculty: Matthew Bauer (bauerm at iit.edu or 312.567.5148) and David Grossman
(CS) (grossman at iit.edu)
Appropriate Disciplines: Aerospace engineering, applied mathematics,
architectural engineering, architecture, biology, business, civil
engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer engineering, computer
information systems, computer science, design, electrical engineering,
information technology and management, internet communication, journalism,
materials science and engineering, math and science education, mechanical
engineering, physics, professional and technical communication, psychology 
Dr. Ophir Frieder and Dr. David Grossman will have completed a draft
manuscript for an introductory book on Computer Science. The book will use
the newly popular Ruby programming language. The language offers some good
pedagogical aspects and this is coupled with the fact that it is also
becoming extremely popular in industry (e.g., http://www.flickr.com is
developed entirely in Ruby). 

This IPRO team will develop all of the solutions for the book, improve the
examples and develop sidebars for new students. Students should have an
excellent view of what parts of the book need more clarity and they will
have a good sense for good exercises as well. The team will identify the
best means to develop exercises, sidebars, and in-book examples. The goal is
produce a working draft of the book that can be used for a course in the
Spring of 2008. For each of the 12 chapters we anticipate that at least five
or six detailed programming examples will be needed. Additionally, another
20-30 exercises should be written for each chapter. 

If one leafs through a collection of introductory programming textbooks, it
is clear that most books use an extremely syntax driven approach to teaching
programming. They also rely on the same stale examples to teach the
necessary syntax. This is usually regardless of the programming language
taught and the supposed "problem solving" or "design driven" focus of the
textbooks. Guided by Professor Matthew Bauer, the IPRO team will learn to
use Model-Eliciting Activities and/or Open-Ended Problems that will promote
student problem-solving and object-oriented design, instead of just the
syntax of the programming language. A second benefit is that research in
these approaches in other engineering fields indicates that attracting and
retaining non-traditional students is enhanced. 

Open-Ended Problems in Computer Science are basically designing problems
where there is not one "right answer", but many possible solutions with
different positive and negative aspects. Along with developing the solution
to the open-ended problem, students also develop metrics to measure how good
there solution is. 

Model-Eliciting Activities (MEAs) have the traits of Open-Ended Problems,
but are also designed to reveal students thinking, which results in (a) peer
assessment (as students work in groups, hearing and observing each other's
approaches, methods and thinking), (b) self assessment (as students
internalize the perspective taking process learned by working in groups) and
(b) teacher assessment. Model-Eliciting Activities would seem to parallel
Object-Oriented design used in many programming languages (i.e Ruby), so
there is another angle to explore. Also, initial education research using
Ruby for introductory programming classes seems to indicate that students
are less bogged down by the syntax of the language (than C++ or Java), so
this fact along with MEAs or Open-Ended Problems should make the course
goals (bascially problem solving with Object-Oriented programmin) easier to
achieve for all students. Finally, MEAs seem to support the learning styles
of a broader range of students than the traditional engineering student, and
the CS dept (and IIT) certainly would like to promote that. 
Students from various disciplines are invited to fill the available open
seats and discuss your interest and qualifications with Matthew Bauer
(matthew.bauer at iit.edu). However, CS, CIS, EE and CPE majors are enrolled by
permit only by contacting Matthew Bauer to share your interest and
qualifications for contributing to this project. These majors will then be
individually permitted into this IPRO section. 

Meeting Day/Time: The above IPRO 328 section is scheduled for Mondays and
Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm.

Have a great day!

Thomas M. Jacobius, Director
Interprofessional Studies & The IPRO Program
Illinois Institute of Technology
3424 South State Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60616
(312) 567-3986
http://ipro.iit.edu <http://ipro.iit.edu/> 
It takes a team!

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