I spent the summer of 2014 teaching introductory computer science classes at the iLab Liberia
. We were interested in how community technology centers could help bootstrap computer science education in low-resource areas with few local experts. I taught 6 courses over the course of the summer, while conducting research on the efficacy of the constructionist, community of practice approach to CS education, as well as collaborative learning behaviors using MOOCs in an in-person environment like the iLab.
We published a paper
in the 2015 Information-Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) conference, on developing sustainable communities of practice for computer science education in low-resource areas. We also published a paper
in the 2016 ICTD conference from another strand of this research on social motivations for help-seeking with students taking online classes, or MOOCs, at in-person community centers like the iLab.