Title: BRIDGES and Beyond: Strategies for Improving CS Student Engagement and Success
Speaker: Prof. K.R. Subramanian
Enrollment in CS programs has exploded in recent years, however, dropout rates have also been alarmingly high. Engaging today's students in traditional CS courses is a significant challenge  and has led to an explosion of research and strategies, given the high demand for STEM majors.
In this talk, I will present two ongoing projects targeted at improving the retention and success of CS majors. I will present BRIDGES, an API that facilitates the use of real-world data and visualizations in sophomore level algorithms and data structures courses. I will present results from the use of BRIDGES in the past 3 years at UNC Charlotte and its impact, including its use by institutions external to UNC Charlotte. In the second part of the talk, I will go over lessons learnt from BRIDGES and the development of new interactive learning modules and ongoing visual analytics work to further assist instructors and students in the classroom.