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Communicating and Teaching Computing: Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme

A module placing students into schools to gain experience of teaching in a formal education setting, working alongside experienced teachers.

  • School/Institute/Department: School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Subjects: Computer Science, Education, Teaching
  • Audience:
  • Status: Past

The Communicating and Teaching Computing module places students on Computer Science and related courses into schools to gain experience of teaching computing and computer science in formal education, working alongside an experienced teacher.

During the placement students complete a mini-project, developing and/or delivering a research project or activity. This is chosen in discussion with the school to meet a present need and to ensure the project can be future-proofed to continue to be useful for future years.

As part of the process students undertake a sequence of application, selection and training steps to provide them with the skills they will need to productively help in schools and ensure that schools receive the best help possible from QMUL students.

The placement success is judged by a reflective log, recording and reflecting on the activities undertaken at the school, as well as a presentation and report about the work of the mini-project, both of which are assessed by staff at QM. The school also give feedback on the student's performance on the placement.

These placements allow students to learn transferrable skills and gain experience alongside experienced teaching professionals, developing the ability to communicate their subject to a younger audience. Working across schools also give the chance to understand the challenges of teaching computing to a range of different levels of understanding.

In return the students are able to act as role models, encouraging pupils to make an involved choice about computer science as a university subject and/or career while giving support to teachers, especially with the introduction of new curricula in computing, using their time and university learning to aid teaching.

The module ECS641U Communicating and Teaching Computing: the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme is led by Dr Miles Hansard and Dr William Marsh.

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