Academic Commons Program

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Spring 2014


Clement Valla, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, co-founded (with Carl Lostritto) RISD’s Code Studio in Fall 2013. His ACP Fellowship provided him time to research, develop, and coordinate this nascent resource. The Code Studio provides support for students and faculty in learning and teaching coding, programming, and computation knowledge and serves as a meeting place and site for research. Its “agenda is technical, critical, and cultural,” and includes one-to-one mentorship, classroom and studio coding support, scholarship, and publishing. The ACP fellowship provided Valla time to: coordinate regular operations, tutorial hours, and meetings; develop outreach to faculty, students, and departments; establish pedagogical standards for teaching code at RISD; study the Writing Center as a model for cross- disciplinary pedagogy and peer-to-peer tutoring; coordinate with curricular coding research led by Shawn Greenlee; manage the development of handouts, resources, and a website; coordinate a lecture series; guide the production of a publication to capture the activities, research, insights, and pedagogical knowledge built over the first year of the Code Studio; and research additional funding structures for the future of the Code Studio.

This report was written in summer 2014, and is part of a larger, ongoing effort among multiple faculty members. It should be read along with related ACP and 2050 reports by Shawn Greenlee and Carl Lostritto and the “Position Statement and Actionable Roadmap for Code Studio and an Undergraduate Concentration in Computation” (presented to the Provost’s Council in May 2015).