Welcome to the Fall 2016 session of Grinnell College's CSC 281, a course entitled Thinking Beyond Grinnell - Learning from CS Alumni. In this course, we will meet (often virtually) with alumni with careers related to computer science who will talk about their life and career paths, and will provide advice for students on things to learn and things to do. You can read the offical blurb for more details.
The focus of the class is the visits by alumni. While some of these visits will involve alumni coming directly to campus, the majority of the visits will be “virtual”, via Skype or some other teleconferencing system.
The Web site for the course is
You can find all sorts of interesting things on the course web, and I'd
encourage you to look there.
This is an experimental course. Among other things, this means that I expect to be updating the syllabus as the semester goes on.
Meets: Thursdays, 2:00-3:50 p.m., Science 3821.
Instructor: Samuel A. Rebelsky, Science 3824. 269-4410 (office). 990-2947 (cell). Office hours: TBD. I tend to follow an open door policy: Feel free to stop by when my door is open or to make an appointment for another time. Please do not call or text me before 7 a.m. or after 10 p.m.
This course is offered for one credit and is graded as S/D/F. All students who take the course are expected to
The students in this course are responsible for hosting and facilitating the visits of the alumni. (Practice with organizing visits is one of the learning goals of the course.) At the start of the semester, students will sign up in groups to facilitate alumni visits (see the schedule for details of particular visits).
As the facilitator for a visit, you are expected to work with the alumnus or alumna on the following in advance of the visit.
Your work also continues into the class session. During the class session you facilitate, you should do the following:
As suggested by alums.