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by Dr. William L. Honig last modified 2010-08-05 03:04 PM

Computer Science 150 - Introduction to Computing at Loyola University Chicago - partially supported by the HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative

Using the HP Tablet Computer in Comp 150

Comp 150, Introduction to Computing, satisfies the university core requirement in the Quantative Analysis knowledge area.

My sections in particular, offer something new and different: a modern HP tablet computer for students to use throughout the semester. Yes, courtesy of a grant from Hewlett Packard, students will be able to use the tablet computer for the whole semester for all their courses.

Comp 150 will introduce how computers work using hands-on learning on the HP tablet PCs.

Students will be taught concepts and practice of basic computer and communications in three broad areas: Computer and Networks Systems Architecture (understanding of number systems, logic gates, and communication concepts), Computer Programming (ability to understand concepts such as variables and implement a basic program in a language such as Python or Alice), and Problem Solving with Algorithms (ability to logically represent a problem or situation in a formal structure).

Students enrolled in the current semester course will find class materials here (or click the course folder on the left) and in Blackboard.

Project Abstract:

Learning the Wonders of Computing with Wireless Collaboration – 24 x 7 Online!

What happens when students have wireless access with tutoring support 24 x 7? Can it improve learning outcomes in a university core course open to all, no prerequisites? Can student’s familiarity with online chat work in academic situations? Will any of this make computer science more accessible to underrepresented groups? Will 24 x 7 use of a “free computer” lead to equipment loss and damage?

Faculty Involved:

Drs. William Honig, Konstantin Läufer, George Thiruvathukal

Those interested in more details than provided here are invited to contact the grant PI, William Honig or email whonig AT


Award from HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative in 2007

Other Information about the ongoing work:

Impacts on Student Learning

Impact on Teaching

Technology Integration

Quick Facts on the course, enrollments, participation

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