Joy and Beauty of Computing Feedback Request

Dear CSSA Members

I think you are aware that next year we are running a VC course that has been going under the name of “Joy and Beauty of Computing” course. The intent is to have a EdX MOOC version of this course, however the existence of another similar named EdX MOOC from Berkeley precludes us from proceeding with the initial name – or similar. I am seeking your opinion on some alternative names.

The current options are listed at:

please take a look and mark your top option (just one). Rather than put your name, can you indicate your background, particularly whether you are CS or non-CS background, e.g. Y1 BIT, Y3 BSc CS.

The course aims to be broadly appealing - not just to computer nerds! So if you have non–CS friends – we would welcome their participation in this poll.

If you have other ideas or comments please make them at the bottom on the poll.

If you want to know a bit more about what is in the course see:

(Comments on the video would also be useful.)

The formal course description is:

The goal of this VC course is to expose ANU students from all disciplines to computational thinking. Computing is transforming business, science and society, making it possible to represent vast amounts of knowledge in digital form (big data) and enabling algorithms to process this knowledge with unprecedented accuracy and speed. Underlying this are the fundamental - and beautiful - ideas of computational thinking: viewing problems and processes through the lens of algorithms and structured data, and tackling complexity through procedural abstractions like iteration and recursion. Students of the course will learn the fundamental skills of applying computational thinking and practical computing, through exploring the impact that computing can have in disciplines such as medical, physical and social sciences. The course offers a breadth and perspective on computing beyond what is provided by focused foundational courses in computer science and other computing-related disciplines.

Thanks Alistair