Carol Zander, Ph.D.

Current Research Projects and/or Areas of Interest

My research area is computer science education research. The research of teaching and learning within the disciplines is not simply "good teaching;" it relies upon depth of disciplinary knowledge and the mastery of theoretical and methodological knowledge and practice borrowed from the social and educational sciences.

With my research group, after studying threshold concepts in depth, we are currently investigating students and professionals learning informally. With a subset of this group, I am re-examining software design.

Subject or Domain Expertise

My areas include student software design, debugging, threshold concepts, informal learning, and other pedagogy related scholarship.

Programming Languages, Tools, Applications, or Hardware/Software of Interest

As an educator, I am a "jack of all trades, master of none" ... except vi.

Past/Present Courses Taught at UWB

  • BCUSP 123: Functions, Models, and Quantitative Reasoning
  • CSS 161: Fundamentals of Computing
  • CSS 332: Comparison of Programming Languages
  • CSS 341: Fundamentals of Programming Theory & Applications
  • CSS 342: Mathematics Principles of Computing
  • CSS 343: Data Structures & Algorithms 
  • CSS 442: Object-Oriented Programming & Design
  • CSS 448: Translation of Programming Languages
  • CSS 502: Data Structures and Object-oriented Programming II

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Selected Publications

  • Pair Programming in Education: A Literature Review, Hanks, B., Fitzgerald, S., McCauley, R., Murphy, L., and Zander, C.,Computer Science Education Journal, to appear.
  • Can Graduating Students Design: Revisited, Loftus, C., Thomas, L., and Zander, C., SIGCSE 2011, to appear.
  • Computing students learning computing informally, McCartney, R., Eckerdal, A., MoströJ. E., Sanders, K.,  Thomas, L.,  and Zander, C. In Proceedings of the 10th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research (Koli Calling 2010). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 43-48.
  • Debugging from the Student Perspective, Fitzgerald S., McCauley, R., Hanks, B., Murphy, L., Simon, B., and Zander, C., IEEE Transactions on Education, August 2010, vol. 53, No. 3, p390-396.
  • Harnessing Surprise: Tales from Students' Transformational Biographies, Thomas, L., Zander, C., and Eckerdal, A., In Proceedings of the 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, March 10 - 13, 2010). SIGCSE '10. ACM, New York, NY, p300-304.
  • Threshold Concepts in Computer Science: An Ongoing Empirical Investigation, Thomas, L,, Boustedt, J., Eckerdal, A., McCartney, R., MoströJ. E., Sanders, K., and Zander, C., Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning, book chapter, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, p241-258, 2010.
  • Liminal Spaces and Learning Computing,  McCartney, R., Boustedt, J.,  MoströJ. E., Sanders, K., Thomas, L., and Zander, C., European Journal of Engineering Education (EJEE), 2009, vol. 34, issue 4, p383-391.
  • Student Transformations: Are They Computer Scientists Yet?  Zander, C., Boustedt, J., McCartney, R., MoströJ. E., Sanders, K., and Thomas, L., In Proceedings of the Fifth international Workshop on Computing Education Research Workshop (Berkeley, CA, USA, Aug 10 - 11, 2009). ICER '09. ACM, New York, NY, p129-140.
  • Learning Styles: Novices Decide, Zander, C., Thomas, L,, Simon, B., Murphy, L., McCauley, R., Hanks, B., and Fitzgerald, S., In Proceedings of the 14th Annual ACM SIGCSE Conference on innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (Paris, France, July 06 - 09, 2009). ITiCSE '09. ACM, New York, NY, p223-227.
  • Debugging:  Finding, Fixing and Flailing, A Multi-Institutional Study of Novice Debuggers, Fitzgerald, S., Lewandowski, G., McCauley, R., Murphy, L., Simon, B., Thomas, L., and Zander, C., Computer Science Education Journal, June 2008, vol. 18, No. 2, p93-116.
  • Successful Students' Strategies for Getting Unstuck, Eckerdal, A., McCartney, R., MoströJ.E., Sanders, K., and Zander, C., In Proceedings of the 12th Annual SIGCSE Conference on innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (Dundee, Scotland, June 25 - 27, 2007). ITiCSE '07. ACM, New York, NY, p156-160.
  • Can Graduating Students Design Software?  Eckerdal, A., McCartney, R., Moströ J. E., Ratcliffe, M., and Zander, C., ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, Volume 38, Issue 1, March 2006, p403-407.

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Industry Affiliations, Experiences, and Interests

I work with academic colleagues around the world. Industry professionals sometimes provide data for our work.

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Random Point of Interest

When I can, I travel. I enjoy meeting people from other countries and learning about our similarities and differences.

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