Hulleman’s research featured in Slate
The September issue of online magazine Slate features research conducted by professor Chris S. Hulleman of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). The article entitled ‘The Computer Science Answer to Habitat for Humanity’, focuses on a project called ‘Software for Humanity’, which brings together undergraduates students who can provide programming with social service agencies desperate for their help.
While the program aims to provide students with real-world experience and contacts with industry professionals, one of the most unexpected benefits of participation has been that it likely improves students’ learning. The article cites Hulleman’s 2010 research on student motivation and coursework, which found that students who discovered for themselves the relevance of coursework to their lives, were more likely to be engaged and motivated to master course material.