Parallel Computing for Undergraduate Faculty DUE 9653364
April 6, 1998
July 6-17, 1998
SITE(S): Colgate University
Hamilton, NY
This project will prepare undergraduate faculty to teach parallel computing. Upon completion of the course, participants will be prepared to add parallel computing to their curricula, either by integrating topics on parallel computing into existing courses or by teaching one or more courses specifically on parallel computing. In addition, participants will be ready to assess the feasibility of establishing a parallel computing laboratory at their own colleges. The course will begin with an intensive two-week session, in the summer of 1998, and will include lectures surveying the broad scope of parallel computing and instruction on the design and implementation of parallel algorithms. About half of the course time will be spent on hands-on development and implementation of parallel programs. During the fall, participants will work on projects, with site visits from the instructors where possible. At the follow-up session, in January or February 1999, participants will present their project results and have an opportunity to discuss the practical aspects of teaching parallel computing to undergraduates.
CONTACT: Christopher Nevison
Department of Computer Science
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: 315-824-7589
Fax: 315-824-7831

A Program to Enhance Faculty Development Through Outreach and
Participation in Regional Computer Science Education Conferences
DUE 9653407
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This project is a cooperative effort between the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) and the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges (CCSC) to provide outreach services to Computer Science faculty. These two organizations share the goals of improving faculty teaching skills, increasing awareness and knowledge of current issues in computer science education, and providing opportunities for faculty to share ideas. The two-year project will offer SIGCSE Technical Symposium workshops at each of the six regional CCSC conferences each year. This will allow more faculty to take advantage of the high-quality workshops from the national Symposium but within the context of a less expensive regional conference. The effectiveness of the project will be ascertained through an evaluation immediately following the workshops, and one six months later.

CONTACT: Margaret Reek
Department of Computer Science
Rochester Institute of Technology
102 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: 716-475-6179
Fax: 716-475-7100

Teaching Ethics in Computing Courses DUE 9752792
April 30, 1998
April 30, 1998
SITE(S): University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
A one-week workshop on teaching ethics in computing courses will be held in each of two summers, 1998 and 1999. The point of the workshops is to promote the teaching of ethics in computing courses as intellectually rigorous, socially relevant, and effective learning experiences for students. In addition to teaching basic topics relevant to ethics and computing, each workshop will also include seminars on the use of modern, effective teaching methods.

Workshop attendees will develop model activities and assignments that can be used in teaching ethics and computing, and that they will use and revise in their own teaching. The collection of model activities/assignments from each workshop will be the immediate product of that workshop. Follow-through activities will include an e-mail discussion group for the workshop attendees, external review of the model activities/assignments, and revisions by the participants based on the feedback received.

CONTACT: Kevin W. Bowyer
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620-5399
Phone: 813-974-3032
Fax: 813-974-5456

Teaching Simulation to Computer Science Majors DUE 9752706
April 1, 1998
August 2-8, 1998
SITE(S) University of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC
The importance of teaching simulation to computer science majors has become increasingly apparent in recent years, as discussed at a number of professional meetings. For this reason, there is a growing need for well-trained faculty to teach simulation. The purpose of this project is to design, organize and hold a workshop and follow-up meeting that will enhance skills for teaching simulation for undergraduate computer science majors, produce resources and modules for teaching computer simulation, and facilitate and promote interaction among simulation educators. The workshop is an outgrowth of materials developed from an NSF-CCD grant, "Teaching Simulation to Computer Science Majors."

CONTACT: Ruth Silverman
Department of CIS
University of the District of Columbia
Building 42
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-274-6280
Fax: 301-314-9115

Undergraduate Faculty Workshop in Computer Networks DUE 9752702
April 20, 1998
July 27-August 7, 1998
SITE(S): Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
This two-week summer workshop focuses on undergraduate faculty enhancement in computer networks. Twenty computer science and engineering faculty from small colleges and universities will be exposed to state-of-the-art developments in computer networks, with emphasis on LANs, WANs, and emerging networking technologies. During a typical day of the workshop, time is equally divided between discussions on network concepts and theory, and laboratory assignments involving various implementations of protocols and network designs. Each participant maintains a complete notebook consisting of lecture notes, quizzes/exams, and laboratory assignments for possible use in future network courses at the home institution. Michigan State University network facilities, including the Computer Science Department's High-speed Networking Research Laboratory, will be available to participants for workshop related activities. As a follow-up to the proposed project, a quarterly newsletter will be available to participants via the Internet. Participants will attend SIGCSE99 and have an opportunity to share experiences. Experts on computer networks will be available to participants throughout the workshop.
CONTACT: Herman D. Hughes, Professor
Department of Computer Science
Michigan State University
3115 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-5152
Fax: 517-432-1061

Developing Multimedia-Based Interactive Laboratory Modules for Computer Science DUE 9653464
May 1, 1998
July 27-August 6, 1998
Illinois State University
Normal, IL
This project consists of a two-week summer workshop in which participants will design and implement interactive, multimedia laboratory modules for computer science courses. Topics include: (1) design and construction of an interactive multimedia module for a laboratory exercise that includes audio, still images, full motion video, and algorithm animation; (2) use of hardware to capture audio, still images, and full motion video; (3) requirements for implementation and delivery of multimedia-based laboratory exercises in a laboratory setting; (4) presentations and discussions centered on the impact of multimedia and laboratories on learning; (5) development of portable multimedia-based laboratory exercises for the World Wide Web; and (6) software for developing multimedia-based laboratory exercises. Each participant is expected to design and develop the prototype for a working version of a laboratory module using one of several authoring tools presented. Please visit our web site at
CONTACT: Janet Hartman Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-438-7671
Fax: 309-438-5113

Teaching Mathematics, Science and Technology on the Internet: Strategies, Resources and Guidance Workshop DUE 9752803
May 5, 1998
June 15-18, 1998
SITE(S): Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, NY
There is evidence that the context for learning is undergoing a metamorphosis, and that distance learning is becoming a viable option for furthering one's higher education. Advances in technology, academic research, pedagogical innovation, the increase in the chronological age, maturity level and personal commitments of the average college student, and geography and demography have led to a substantial alteration in the structure of the learning environment.

The purpose of this workshop is to aid the participants and their institutions to deliver better online courses from the points of view of the institutions, the professors, and the students. By familiarizing the faculty primarily from smaller institutions who might not have the opportunity to readily share research about the issues and concerns of distance learning with others, we will also be providing a network for future research for our participants.

The workshop will include the following with respect to online education: discussions and projects of how to teach mathematics and science courses, and associated generic issues, and a substantial component of lab time, both guided and open. Mercy's successful online educational system, MerLIN, will be used as a working example throughout the duration of the project. Our follow-through activities will include a reconnoitering of the participants to share results of how they integrated the information provided into their courses, a dissemination package consisting of a 60-minute, edited video tape of the workshop, two study papers, and information of where to find resources on the Internet with regard to the virtual university. In addition, we will establish a repository of information regarding the teaching of online courses that will be available on the Internet.

The second year of this workshop series will be taught using distance learning giving participants the added advantage of experiencing this instructional mode from the student's perspective.

CONTACT: Marion Ben-Jacob
Department of Mathematics and Computer Information Science
Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Phone: 914-674-7524
Fax: 914-674-7518

Testing Computer Software in the Undergraduate
Computer Science Curriculum
DUE 9752710

June 15-19, 1998
May 15, 1998
Clemson University
Clemson, SC
June 1999 University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
This workshop is intended to enhance the knowledge of undergraduate faculty in the area of computer software testing, with an emphasis on object-oriented software. The two-week program will be split across two summers with the first session held at Clemson University during the summer of 1998 and the second session to be held on the University of Alabama campus during the summer of 1999. This workshop will bring together 25 faculty members from across the United States who are interested in expanding the role of software testing in the undergraduate computer science courses. This workshop will provide an opportunity for the workshop participants to examine this issue in detail, working in cooperation with the workshop staff. Specifically, we will focus on: 1. A brief review of the fundamental concepts associated with object-oriented development; 2. An in-depth examination of the current state-of-the-art with respect to testing software, including those aspects of object-oriented systems that require special attention; and 3. An examination of how this material can be integrated into the curriculum at each participant's own institution.

The workshop staff includes Dr. Allen Parrish and Dr. David Cordes from the University of Alabama and Dr. John D. McGregor from Clemson University. All three are active in the area of testing object-oriented software. The diverse viewpoints of these three will stimulate discussion and provide for a variety of types of projects during the workshop.

CONTACT: Dr. John D. McGregor
Department of Computer Science
436 Edwards Hall, Box 341906
Clemson, SC 29634-1906
Phone: 864-656-5859
Fax: 864-656-0145