Jane Street
Tech Talks

February 13, 2018

Curriculum Design as an Engineering Problem: Lessons from the Field

Shriram Krishnamurthi
Brown University

New computing curricula are being created every day. Seemingly every permutation of words like "teach", "kids", "code", and "CS" has been turned into an organization (or company). Technologists everywhere are either being drafted to weigh in on curricula…or are doing so anyway.

Everybody’s got an opinion or three. But in the current and foreseeable reality of computer science education in the USA (and in many other countries), what does reality look like and how can we be effective in it? Might it even be that by working with reality, we may actually get better outcomes than if we ignored it?

This talk will distill lessons from Bootstrap, one of the largest computing outreach programs in the USA.

Joint work with Emmanuel Schanzer and Kathi Fisler.

Shriram Krishnamurthi

Shriram is the Vice President for Programming Languages at Brown University in Providence, RI, USA. He’s not, really, but that’s what it says on his business card. He believes tropical fruit are superior to all other kinds. He is terrified of success, because he may be forced to buy a suit. You can learn other things about him from his very serious Web site. He is also known to interrogate his audiences to ensure they’re paying attention. So, be alert. You can read email later.