Literate Computing for Computational Thinking

Distinguished Associate Professor Fellowship from the Carlsberg Foundation to IMC affiliated researcher

2017.12.11 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Associate Professor Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose (CAVI) has received 4,1 mio. kr. from the Carlsberg Foundation to the project "Literate Computing for Computational Thinking" for a three year period starting summer 2018.

Project description:

The global push towards computational thinking envisions a future where everyone can express themselves by programming. Today, using programs and creating programs are two very different activities. Programming an interactive simulation within a physics report written in Microsoft Word is practically impossible. Furthermore, the means to reprogram or adapt software to individual needs is completely inaccessible. Even expert programmers’ access is restricted. This is a structural disempowerment of computer users and a fundamental barrier to the applicability of computational thinking in everyday use of computers. 

Literate computing, an approach to computing found in interactive notebooks (such as Jupyter, jupyter.org), allows for embedding executable program code into documents to include e.g. live numerical simulations, statistical modeling, and data exploration. 

The core research question of this project is how can tools based on literate computing enable computational thinking in collaborative activities in education and knowledge work better than traditional tools? 

 

Contact:

Associate Professor Clemens Nylandsted KlokmoseCentre for Advanced Visualisation and Interaction

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