Presented by:

Dan Garcia

from UC Berkeley

Dan Garcia is a Teaching Professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. He was selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012 and ACM Distinguished Speaker in 2019, and is a national leader in the "CSforALL" movement, bringing engaging computer science to students normally underrepresented in the field.

Thanks to four National Science Foundation grants, the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" non-majors course he co-developed has been shared with over 800 high school teachers. He is delighted to regularly have more than 50% female enrollment in BJC, with a high mark of 65% in the Spring of 2018, shattering the campus record for an intro computing course, and is among the highest in the nation! He is humbled by the international exposure he and the course have received in the New York Times, PBS, NPR, and others media outlets. He is working on the BJC Middle School curriculum.

Vedansh Malhotra

from UC Berkeley
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“A’s for All (as time and interest allow)” is an initiative we are evangelizing – part of the larger “Grading for Equity” movement [1] – whose mantra is “fixed learning variable time”. It encourages educators to refactor their courses to allow students as much time as they need to demonstrate proficiency, whether it be multiple-chance exams, or extended deadlines to complete their programming projects. We piloted this in the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 offerings of CS10, UC Berkeley’s Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum through several new auto-graded Snap! projects and exam problems (with infinite resubmissions and no hidden tests) and a “no lateness penalties” policy. In this panel, we will share our experience report – what we did and how it all went (qualitatively and quantitatively) in terms of student perception, assignment completion rates, staff workload, and grades. We will also share early results from our analysis of the differential effect this initiative had on underrepresented student groups.


1 h
Auditorium (Online)
Snap!Con 2023
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