CPATH Workshops: Revitalizing Computer Science Education Through the Science of Digital Media

While computers have become indispensable in communication, social networking, creativity, business, science, academics, and research, the number of students majoring in computer science has fallen dramatically in recent years. Clearly, computer science educators are not taking advantage of the exciting and relevant nature of their discipline. This project investigates ways to make computer science curriculum more interesting and relevant to today's students by linking it to the science of digital media. The interdisciplinary nature of digital media -- with connections to the visual arts, engineering, music, scientific visualization, movies, television, and mobile media -- will be explored through workshops at seven colleges/universities throughout the United States. At the conclusion of the workshops a proposal for college-level computer science curriculum changes will be made that reflects input from educators, industry representatives, artists, and practitioners in areas involving digital media. The resulting curriculum is intended to have a strong scientific base linked to practice in other disciplines in ways that motivate learning and take advantage of the centrality of digital media in modern-day life.

La Salle University: Algorithms, Scripting, and Programming for Visual Art

Can computer programming in a visual context serve as a foundation for teaching computer science? This workshop will research the use of programming for architecture, 3-D design and prototype development, data visualizations, dynamic and interactive displays and will look at the use of computer programming in commercial and academic fields. The aim is to suggest ways to incorporate the findings into computer science curricula.

Principal Investigators:

Jennifer Burg, PI and Professor of Computer Science
Wake Forest University

Conrad Gleber, Co-PI and Director of Digital Arts and Multimedia Design
La Salle University



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Ken Baldauf, Florida State University
Director of Interdisciplinary Computing

Tom Blum, La Salle University, CS

Deloy Cole, Greenville College
Program Chair, DM & CIS

Cezanne J. Charles, rootoftwo and ArtServe Michigan

H. Quynh Dinh, Stevens Institute, CS

Sherman Finch, Philadelphia University
Department of Design And Media

Dan Falabella, Albright College, CS

Abbe Forman,Temple University, CS

Marc Fornes, Consultant
Theverymany (Marc Fornes) & SJET(Skylar Tibbits)

Kyle Gower-Winter, Florida State University
Program in Interdisciplinary Computing (PIC)

Ira Greenberg, Miami University
Associate Professor, Interacitve Media Studies/Art

Timothy Highley, La Salle University, CS

Hubert Johnson, Montclair State, CS

Brian Ladd, SUNY at Potsdam
Assitant Professor of Computer Science

John Marshall, University of Michigan,
School of Art & Design

Margaret McCoey, La Salle University, CS,

Jeff Nyhoff,Calvin College, CS

Todd Pashak, Miami University,

Mike Redmond, LaSalle University, CS

Gail Rubini, Florida State University
Professor Visual Art and Design

Skylar Tibbits
Theverymany (Marc Fornes) & SJET(Skylar Tibbits)

Bill Weaver,

David Wicks,