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Computing Student Success at Montgomery College in the Web 3.0 Era


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Computing Student Success at Montgomery College (MC) in Maryland is deeply rooted to the Web 3.0 era. The success of the Computer Science and Information System students at MC has evolved over time. The various success stories of the Montgomery College students were presented, and the innovative pedagogy that the faculty are using at MC in this Web 3.0 era was explored. Off-course, the rapid and efficient communication among the faculty members, and also among faculty members and the student body was made possible due to the innovative technologies that the Web 3.0 has to offer. Besides, the student success at MC is deeply rooted to the inter-faculty co-operations, and collaborations in and outside of the discipline. Attendees discussed contributions of the Web 3.0 technologies to the Student Success at other institutions as well. As a result, the overall discussion extended to various Maryland institutions besides only the Montgomery College. Faculty attending the session explored innovative, and active learning strategies made possible through Web 3.0. They discussed future undertakings that could have been possible through Web 3.0, and would accelerate the traditionalistic means of pedagogical delivery.

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Computing Student Success at Montgomery College in the Web 3.0 Era

  1. 1. Strong Collegial Activities • Success of the discipline is deeply rooted in strong teamwork across all three campuses • Due to the Virtue of the Web 3.0, it was possible to create dedicated websites for inter-faculty communications, contributions, co-operations and collaborations • These 4 C’s have strongly bonded the Discipline specific faculty together • Also, the faculty could pursue innovative pedagogies
  2. 2. Computer Science Program Expanded in 2015 Academic Restructure took place in 2014 Metric 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 5-Years Goals 2020 Enrollment 878 983 1133 1174 1162 1000 Graduation 38 52 76 86 137 65 Transfer 69 102 124 136 160 127 MC’s 2020 CS Goals Exceeded in 2016
  3. 3. MC’s Core Course TransferabilityProblem: • For 15 years, UMD did not accept transfer of computer science 1 and computer science 2 courses directly from Montgomery College. MC’s Adopted Solution: •Computing faculty analyzed gaps, which is called the Gap Analysis between MC’s CS program and UMD’s CS program courses •MC opened up more frequent Communication channels with UMD Computer Science faculty •Increased the program and course standards •Introduced common midterm and final exams, projects, textbook, and syllabus for all sections of the core computing courses across all 3 campuses, and also online •Created enough faculty-led review and prep sessions for students.
  4. 4. Semester 1 MC CMSC Courses UMD CMSC Courses Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 CMSC 203 CMSC 216 Semester 5 Old transfer entry CMSC 204 CMSC 140 CMSC 131 CMSC 132 CMSC 216 CMSC 330 Fruits of Our Labor New transfer entry after Fall 2018
  5. 5. MC’s Gateway Courses in Computing  MC’s Computing Programs have 3 Gateway Courses • The Gateway Course CMSC 203 Computer Science I should be completed with grade A or B and transferrable as CMSC 201 at UMBC. CMSC 203 is transferrable to UMD as CMSC 131 if taken Fall 2018 or later • The Gateway Course CMSC 204 Computer Science II is required to be completed with grade A or B to be transferrable as CMSC 202 at UMBC. CMSC 204 is transferrable to UMD as CMSC 132 if taken during the Spring 2019 after CMSC 203 is completed in the Fall 2018 or later or CMSC 131 exemption exam is passed. • The Gateway Course CMSC 207 Discrete Structures should be completed with grade C or above to be transferrable as CMSC 203 at UMBC. CMSC 207 is transferrable to UMD as CMSC 250 with a grade of C or higher.
  6. 6. MC’s Computing Slogan: Use Technology in the Classroom to get Technology out of the Classroom!
  7. 7. Watch-Think-Write-Share Strategy Students Watch videos posted on Blackboard Students Think about questions on the videos They Write key points and create ONE question out of the key points Share in class, jotted down key points and ONE question they came up with
  8. 8. Watch Videos Posted on Blackboard Link to All The Videos A New Link in the Content Area An easy Access to All the Source code of examples presented on the videos
  9. 9. Think about Questions on the Videos New Link to the class short quizzes – instructor use only
  10. 10. Write Key Points and Create ONE Question Upload Assignment Reflection Upload Reflection
  11. 11. Share in Class Key Points and ONE Question Link to Worksheets
  12. 12. Learning Tools
  13. 13. Edpuzzle  EdPuzzle is the perfect tool for allowing students to watch and engage with videos while the teacher gathers data throughout the lesson.  EdPuzzle is 100% FREE for teachers and students.  The EdPuzzle is available through  EdPuzzle allows you to make videos of your lesson  Also, allows to use existing videos from other sites.  EdPuzzle allows you to Reinforce Accountability – teacher can track whether the students are watching the videos, and how many times each section, as well as whether they are understanding the content.  Enables self-paced learning with interactive lessons.
  14. 14. GitHub  GitHub is a version control system that (VCS)  GitHub lets users save their code online, track changes of their code (previous versions), and collaborate with others on a particular project.  An excellent tool for Team Software Development.  It was built out of Git, which is also a VCS. Available from:  GitHub is a required tool to use with the elementary and intermediate level programming courses, and introductory computing courses at MC beginning with Spring 2019. In the Fall 2018, it was optional.  Public repositories are projects that are visible to the entire GitHub community - good for collaborating with users all over the world.  Private repositories are only visible to the user that creates it unless they decide to add collaborators are on the project.
  15. 15. IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition  IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition is a free Java IDE  Mostly used for Android app development, Java SE & Java programming  Comes with useful features like JUnit testing, debugging, code inspections, code completion, etc.  Ctrl+Shift+Space gives the user a list of the most relevant symbols applicable in the current context  Static members completion allows users to easily use static methods or constants.  Finds duplicate code fragments easily  Editor-centric environment allows the editor (and the code) as the only thing that is visible on the user screen  Download at:
  16. 16. DrJava  DrJava is a development environment for writing Java programs.  It has been designed primarily for students.  Used as a unit testing tool, source level debugger, or for evaluating text of the program. There is an intelligent program editor.  Available for free at:  DrJava is primarily intended to help students focus more on program design than on the features of a complicated development environment.  DrJava provides powerful development tools that are as easy to use as possible.  Help learners become comfortable with writing Java program by allowing them to quickly evaluate expressions in DrJava's Interactions Pane.  Prominent features - Syntax Coloring, Automatic Indentation, Brace Matching, etc.
  17. 17. Student Involvements in Computing and Related Activities • For engaging our CS and IS majors in Computing and related activities, MC’s Computing Faculty regularly arrange Computing related outer curricular activities • Here are couple of examples: •Has created a student-led Computing Club called the Software Development Club •Each year in Fall, the Software Development Club in co-operation with MC’s Computing Faculty organizes the Day of Code •Day of Code is loaded with computing related fun and learning activities •Increased the program and course standards •Other Coding Competition, and Coding-related activities
  18. 18. Soon Available on : Visit Now Available Created by Students
  19. 19. The Purple Plan Mobile App
  20. 20. The Main Features of Purple Plan – Mobile App  Students can always edit their plan after it is completed  The Plan warns if the students are missing the Global Perspective Class or Math Elective.  The plan also knows which math elective transfers to which school  Students can also easily contact their department advisors and share/export their plan.
  21. 21. MC Computing Sciences - Future Endeavor Assessment/Evaluation-Related Undertakings: Monitor 2019 critical numbers! Want MC students to complete and transfer to 4-year schools. Research reveals that transfer efforts bring completion up. Transfer Efforts: MC’s Computing Faculty is working on new courses. All efforts dedicated to first two years complete at MC and transfer at Junior standing.
  22. 22. MC Computing Sciences - Future Endeavor Continued. Continue engagement of the MC’s Computing students in and out of the classroom to Computing related activities Actively implement Culturally Responsive Teaching for the student engagement and motivation at Montgomery College