Computational Literacies Lab

Chris Proctor awarded NSF grant to study community-based, justice-oriented approaches to designing K12 CS

September 1, 2022

Dr. Chris Proctor was awarded nearly $300,000 to form a research-practice partnership with Lockport City School District exploring two long-standing challenges in scaling up access to high-quality secondary computer science (CS): the lack of high school CS course offerings and the lack of qualified CS teachers. This project will explore the hypothesis that there are benefits to designing solutions for both problems at the same time, based on the key insight that both problems depend on building a broadly-shared vision of how and why computer science will become part of the school. Follow this project here.

CSCL Best Paper Nomination

June 10, 2022

The first paper from the Minecraft Utopia project, "Joint visual attention and collaboration in Minecraft" by Dr. Chris Proctor and Dr. Dalia Antonia Caraballo Muller, received a Best Paper nomination at the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference.

New Spring 2022 course: Critical Computational Literacies

December 14, 2021

Please join me for the first offering of a new course, LAI 686 Critical Computational Literacies. This course centers critical computational literacies as a framework for thinking about how and why we might teach K12 Computer Science (CS). There are no prerequisites and interdisciplinary students are warmly welcome. GSE master's and doctoral students, as well as graduate students and advanced undergrads from Computer Science & Engineering, Media Study, Architecture & Planning, or other departments.

If you're interested but want to learn more, please email Dr. Chris Proctor. I would be delighted to answer questions or just schedule a time to chat.

Spring 2021 Design Studio enrollment open

November 16, 2020

Enrollment is now open for a new Spring 2021 course, [LAI 686 Critical Computational Literacies Design Studio]({{< ref "courses/studio/_index.md" >}}). The course will be an interdisciplinary community of practice focused on designing theoretically-grounded tools for teaching and learning K-12 computer science.

If you're interested but want to learn more, please email Dr. Chris Proctor. I would be delighted to answer questions or just schedule a time to chat.

Hi, UB!

September 1, 2020

Dr. Chris Proctor joined the University at Buffalo's Department of Learning and Instruction in fall 2020 as an assistant professor of Learning Sciences. Read more about Chris's research at chrisproctor.net.