Understanding Computing in a Hybrid World

Authors Laura Benvenuti , Erik Barendsen , Johan Versendaal
Published in Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Publication date 21 February 2018
Research groups Digital Ethics
Type Lecture


From the article: "Computing is an interdisciplinary field that can be approached from different points of view. Each point of view has its goals, aims and fundamental assumptions. This makes computing a complex discipline. Moreover, new computing disciplines appear regularly. With the trend that ICT-professionals should have non-ICT competences as well, and non-ICT-professionals should have ICT-competences, new computing curricula are often hybrid in nature. As a hybrid computing curriculum cannot cover the full range of computing, it is interesting to investigate the 'computing part' of such curricula. Our analysis framework consists of three elements: the curricular components 'goals and objectives' and 'instructional strategies', and the underlying epistemological view on the discipline ('cultural styles'). Taking a historical perspective, we describe the origins of the ACM/IEEE Curriculum Recommendation series. We discuss the three main cultural styles of computing: theoretical, scientific and engineering. Observing that in a curriculum the above elements should be aligned, we present three trade-offs for the case of hybrid computing curricula. We apply our results to two concrete examples, Liberal Arts and Computer Science and Front End Development. Based on our investigation, we formulate recommendations for designers of hybrid computing curricula. We recommend, for example, discussing disciplinary boundaries and resulting trade-offs explicitly while designing and documenting curricula." https://doi.org/10.1145/3159450.3159532


Language English
Published in Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
ISBN/ISSN URN:ISBN:978-1-4503-5103-4
Key words Computing education, ICT-competences
Page range 580-585