David L. Largent

Instructor of Computer Science

Ball State University
Department of Computer Science

Robert Bell Building (RB), room 375
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, Indiana USA 47306

dllargent@bsu.edu

LinkedIn profile

Flipped Learning Certified-Level I badge
Introduction Photo of Dave with letter to students
This letter to my students is also available as a PDF.
My schedule
CS 120 All Section Art Show
Diversity & inclusivity
My books
My ACM Publications
Other lists of my publications
Miscellaneous


Introduction

I am an experienced, learner-centered university instructor with nearly 40 years of experience in systems analysis, programming, database design, teaching, overall business operations, and managing an information technology department in a medium sized company. After working in industry for nearly 30 years, I returned to academia and completed a MS in Computer Science at Ball State University in 2010. I have been teaching full time at BSU since then. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I serve as a chapter advisor for Golden Key International Honour Society and Colleges Against Cancer, and as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America. During recent summers I have served as the camp director of a local scout camp.

A collection of words that describe me includes: husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend, mentor, teacher, faculty member, researcher, student organization advisor, Internet addict, punster, good procrastinator, camp director, assistant scout master, merit badge counselor, knot head, Eagle, Order of the Arrow (Vigil), Firecrafter (Minisino), and Wood Badge (Bear!).

I enjoy being part of other’s learning, and especially like seeing a "light bulb" turn on when something suddenly "clicks" for a learner. I also find it very rewarding to mentor young adults as they take on, and learn the meaning of, leadership.

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My schedule

Here's what I'm supposedly doing, based on my schedule.

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CS 120 All Section Art Show

Here is a page with links to the entrant and winner pages for the Fall and Spring CS 120 All Section Art Shows sponsored by the Computer Science department since the Fall of 2013.

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Diversity & inclusivity

Here is a compliation of readings which address diversity and inclusivity.

Here are resources I've used in my classes to introduce diversity and inclusivity.

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My books

My writing is published as part of the these books.

The Flipped College Classroom book cover The Flipped College Classroom: Conceptualized and Re-Conceptualized
This book provides a descriptive, progressive narrative on the flipped classroom including its history, connection to theory, structure, and strategies for implementation. Important questions to consider when evaluating the purpose and effectiveness of flipping are answered. The book also highlights case studies of flipped higher education classrooms within five different subject areas. Each case study is similarly structured to highlight the reasons behind flipping, principles guiding flipped instructions, strategies used, and lessons learned. An appendix that contains lesson plans, course schedules, and descriptions of specific activities is also included.
It Works for Me, Metacognitively book cover
It Works for Me, Metacognitively: Shared Tips for Effective Teaching
Metacognition reveals teaching and learning to students with a focus on teaching students how to apply learning strategies. Perhaps most importantly, though, metacognitive approaches offer strategies for encouraging students to reflect not only on what they learned but how they learned it.
It Works for Me with SOTL book cover
It Works for Me with SoTL: A Step-By-Step Guide
The authors wrote this book, the tenth in their “It Works for Me” Series, to encourage scholars to attempt to produce the fastest growing form of research, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or SoTL. The collection begins with their essay on the rapid growth of this form from one of Boyer’s four types of scholarship to today’s SoTL, and they even provide a succinct rationale for attempting such scholarship, including personal discussions on the best articles they have written on the subject. The next section in the book covers historical and theoretical perspectives on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Following that, another section offers actual tips for the production of SoTL, which is followed by a section describing some SoTL projects. The authors then put forth a step-by-step guide to help you with a SoTL project and conclude with their speculations on future developments in this form.

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My ACM Publications

ACM DL Author-ize serviceMeasuring and Understanding Team Development by Capturing Self-assessed Enthusiasm and Skill Levels
David L. Largent
21st Computing Review Best of Computing badge
ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), 2016
ACM DL Author-ize service Getting and staying agile
David L. Largent
XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students - The Changing Face of Programming, 2010
ACM DL Author-ize service"You mean we have to work together!?!": a study of the formation and interaction of programming teams in a college course setting
David L. Largent, Chris Lüer
ICER '10 Proceedings of the Sixth international workshop on Computing education research, 2010
ACM DL Author-ize serviceDynaTable: a Wiki extension for structured data
Carrie Arnold, Todd Fleming, David Largent, Chris Lüer
WikiSym '09 Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, 2009

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Other lists of my publications

ACM
Google Scholar
Research Gate

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Miscellaneous

Need something to read? Here's my curriculum vita. It has a few interesting tidbits in it, but most of you will likely find it farily boring.  

Need something even longer to read? Here's my Master's of Science thesis.

Want to rate me, or see what others have said? Take a look at RateMyProfessors.com.

If you're looking for information about the Summer 2012 Computer Science Field Study titled
Computer Science, Education and History: The British Isles Connection, click here.

As I have time, content will be added here.
My time comes in sporadic, random, blocks, so you really have no way of knowing how often you should check back.
My advice is to check back sporadically and randomly.
At some point, our sporadic randomness will match and there will be something more for you to see!

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NOTICE: The information presented on this page represents the personal views, ideas, and opinions of the author. This is not an official Ball State University web page. Links contained at this web site to other organizations are presented as a service and neither constitute nor imply university endorsement or warranty.
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