The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) team at the College of Computer and Information Sciences is once again taking part in the annual online “STEM for All Video Showcase” from May 15-22, a week of presentations that highlight cutting-edge work funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies. The goal is to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM subjects, says Sarah Dunton, manager of the ECEP alliance.
ECEP is one of more than 170 projects profiled in three-minute videos highlighting the innovative work being done in broadening participation and access to STEM, she adds.
Principal investigators, administrators, researchers, policy makers, industry representatives and the public are encouraged to view the videos, take part in facilitated discussions of each presentation and to vote for the videos they find most effective in conveying information about the creative work being done. Videos will be searchable online after the event ends.
Dunton says that ECEP’s 2016 video submission elicited an informative discussion and more than 2,800 video views. “It was a great way to reach an audience we might not normally reach, and showcase some of ECEP’s guiding principles to help states outside of our alliance who are working to reform computing education,” she adds.
Organizers say the week of video encourages people from affiliated projects to learn about and discuss each other’s work and allows each project to disseminate their work to the public, which helps NSF achieve its goal of broad dissemination of innovation.
People can vote for the videos they find most inspiring by going to the online video pages and voting for “public choice” directly on the site or through Facebook and Twitter. Videos will be available to view starting May 15.
This event is facilitated by Technical Education Research Centers in collaboration with six NSF-funded resource centers.ECEP is an NSF-funded alliance to facilitate state-level computing education reforms. The ECEP Alliance includes Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia and Puerto Rico.