CSSE Seminar Series

From POGIL to Flipped Classrooms: Current Trends in Computer Science Education


Dr. Paul Wagner


Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury; Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, USA

Time & Place

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:00:00 NZDT in Erskine 315


Many current computer science (CS) educators were educated through lecture-based learning.  However, there are now many more possibilities for structuring education, both in and out of the lecture halls and labs.  We’ll look at a number of pedagogical techniques currently used in CS education, including process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL), active learning, reflective activities, educating in the context of social good, pair and team work, education through making and innovation, globalized education, flipped classrooms, and others.  We’ll examine some evidence for the benefits of and issues with such approaches, and talk about real and perceived barriers to making such changes in our teaching.  We’ll end with a group discussion of these issues, so that this isn’t just another lecture.


Dr. Paul Wagner received his Ph.D in Computer and Information Sciences in 2001 after originally studying Philosophy and Law.  He has taught computer science (mostly in the United States, but also in China and New Zealand) for 27 years, and worked for 3M Corporation for 5 years before that.  Dr. Wagner has teaching and research interests in database systems, computer security and information assurance, software engineering, computer science education, and the social, legal and ethical implications of computing.  He spends his spare time cooking, gardening, travelling, dancing, running and searching for glimpses of Nirvana.  He is currently a Visiting Erskine Fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury.