Problem Solving Using Computational Thinking MOOC

CEDER partners with Center for Academic Innovation to develop new, free online course in computational thinking.

Person explaining code being projected onto a whiteboard

In partnership with U-M’s Center for Academic Innovation, Educational Studies professor Chris Quintana and Darin Stockdill, design coordinator of CEDER, helped to develop a new massive, open, online course (MOOC), titled Problem Solving Using Computational Thinking. In this course, which was developed in part of high school students interested in learning more about computational thinking, students will discover the many components of computational thinking. These include abstraction, problem identification, decomposition, pattern recognition, algorithms, and evaluating solutions. Students will puzzle through some real-world cases that illustrate how computational thinking can be used to solve complex problems. They will also complete a project that allows them to apply computational thinking to a real-world situation.