Podcast Series in the Classroom



Podcast, Episode 1*
Computational Thinking in Undergraduate Research –  Previewing


This first podcast introduces the concept of computational thinking in undergraduate research. The podcast series was created for use in the second (spring) semester of a first-year learning community, L.E.A.R.N., created to help first-generation and underrepresented students in STEM get involved in undergraduate research. Through the podcast series, I am seeking to preview the concept of computational thinking before it is covered in the 1 credit Introduction to Research II course for the LEARN program.


Podcast, Episode 2*
Computational Thinking in Undergraduate Research – Selecting Literature for a Literature Review


This second podcast in the computational thinking in undergraduate research series covers computational thinking and its application to the logistical process of analyzing and organizing literature for a literature review. LEARN students write a short research proposal of their research topic area that has been decided upon with their graduate research mentor or faculty mentor in the research lab. This podcast aims to supplement the conversation in class and help students think through the process of organizing their literature to create a narrative for their literature review for their proposal.


Podcast, Episode 3*
Computational Thinking in Undergraduate Research – Transferring the Problem-Solving Process to Social Media


In the last podcast of this mini-series, I attempt to make the connection between analyzing and organizing reputable sources to create a literature review and analyzing and sharing viral posts on social media. When managing your online identity as a student, you want to pay attention to the brand you are promoting with the posts you comment on or share within your profile. Attempting to help students transfer computational thinking principles, to a wide variety of decisions will not only help them manage their brand as a paraprofessional, but will help student develop digital citizenship by applying computational thinking principles outside of the classroom.


*As a part of University of Central Florida’s Educational Technology/eLearning Graduate Certificate, I am taking EME 6053, Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies. For the assignment in the course, I was asked to add the podcasts to an online website. The music for this podcast was obtained through an Education license from Freeplay Music LLC.

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