Back to the future: Using former students to help develop new curricula

Robert Duvall, Lecturer, Computer Science

Project Description:

Professor Duvall is redesigning his computer science course (CompSci 108 Software Design and Implementation) with the help of course alumni who are now employed in the computer industry.  Based on advice from his alumni consultants, he is incorporating new, real-world examples and focusing on concepts identified by alumni as important to current practices.  For the current semester (Fall 2008), students will meet with members of the Duke community who have relevant experience to offer advice for student projects.  Prof. Duvall is planning to expand this project in the spring semester (2009), by arranging to have course alumni meet with students and critique their projects via web conferencing throughout the semester.

Project start date: 7/31/2008

Funding awarded: $2,800

Andrea Novicki

Author: Andrea Novicki

Andrea helps faculty teach effectively and efficiently. She works primarily with scientists, using her biology background, love of science and teaching experience. Her current enthusiasms include active learning, group learning (especially team-based learning) and assessment.