CERD Seminar @ UC Davis

What is CERD?

CERD broadly looks at the study of teaching and learning of computer science. Topics may include (but are not limited to) curriculum development for various education levels, development and effectiveness of educational tools, teaching and learning philosophies, issues of diversity in computer science, and other pedagogical techniques related to CS.

To learn more about Computing Education Research, Professor Amy J. Ko from the University of Washington has compiled a fantastic FAQ.

What is this seminar all about?

This seminar is run like a typical research group where someone presents either their research or discuss research papers submitted to related conferences. Unlike other research groups that are technical and often require some domain knowledge, this seminar is open to everyone (including undergraduate students!) and only assumes basic computer science knowledge and familiarity of some educational tools such as GitHub, Jupyter Notebooks, etc. Because of the nature of this field, people can typically speak based on personal classroom experiences.

Some topics discussed at the seminar include the following:

  1. Using GitHub and Jupyter Notebooks, among other tools, to enhance classroom learning experiences
  2. Developing AI tools to pair tutors with tutees
  3. Designing a computational thinking test for high schoolers and incoming college freshmen
  4. Analyzing code quality issues in student submissions
  5. Developing and analyzing tools to improve student-instructor communications
  6. Many, many other things!

One of the many goals of having this seminar is to have people get a feel of what research in CER is all about and maybe even actually do research in the field!

When do you meet?

For Spring Quarter 2021, we meet every Friday from 2:10 - 3:00 PM online on Zoom.

I’m interested. How do I join?

Everyone is welcome to attend CERD, including undergraduate students! If you are interested in attending CERD or wish to know more, please email Noah Rose the student coordinator at roseledesma@ucdavis.edu.

What’s the schedule for each quarter?

The tentative seminar schedule for each quarter can be found here (the link is only accessible to UC Davis members). Keep in mind that this is tentative and that changes are fairly common.

Below is our schedule for the Spring 2021 quarter:

Date Time Presenter Topic Notes
04/09/2021 2:10 - 3:00 An Nguyen My Perception of [CS, Education, & Research] As Welcoming External Speaker (Harvey Mudd College)
04/16/2021 2:10 - 3:00 Rebekah Grace Building Better Study Groups
04/23/2021 2:10 - 3:00 Christopher Nitta A RISC-V Game Console Simulator
04/30/2021 2:10 - 3:00 Pouneh Aghababazadeh Practical Technical Foundations: What I wish was fundamental in my undergrad education External Speaker (Tableau)
05/07/2021 2:10 - 3:00 Adrienne Decker Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Reflection on Pathways in Computing Education Research External Speaker (University at Buffalo)
05/14/2021 2:10 - 3:00 Madison Brigham Gender gap in class participation for core CS courses Practice talk for ITiCSE ’21
05/21/2021 2:10 - 3:00 Jingchao Fang Powering Online Learners with Socially Scaffolded Note Taking and Sharing
05/28/2021 2:10 - 3:00 Seth Frey Teaching a “pre-intro” programming course online UC Davis Department of Communications


CERD was originally founded by graduate students Justin Perona, Aakash Prabhu, and Professor Joël Porquet-Lupine in January of 2020. Justin has since graduated and is currently seeking opportunities. Aakash who was the host since the creation of CERD will be graduating in June of 2021.

As of SQ21, Noah Rose Ledesma will be taking over Aakash’s role as host.

Current staff

Joël Porquet-Lupine
Prof. Joël Porquet Lupine