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Abstract Title: Computational Essays and Computational Literacy at the University of Oslo
Abstract: Computation is quickly gaining status as a new form of literacy, especially in STEM fields like physics. However, there are currently few studies of what this computational literacy involves or how students develop it. At the university of Oslo we have begun to develop a tool known as a computational essay to both support and study students' computational literacy in physics. Computational essays are a type of essay or narrative that combine text and code to express an idea or make an argument, usually written in notebook environments. Based on a pilot implementation of computational essays in an introductory electricity and magnetism course, we have found that these assignments provided the impetus and opportunity for students to creatively explore a variety of physical systems. Students also displayed a variety of programming practices, knowledge, and beliefs, relating to programming in general, specific physics applications, and communication of their projects.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C3
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Tor Ole Odden
University of Oslo
Sem Sælands vei 24
Oslo, Non U.S. 0316
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Anders Malthe-Sørenssen

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