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The SPARC project is creating a self-paced learning environment that blends online learning, automated assessment, collaborative practice, and peer-supported learning. Support comes from Google's 3X in 3 Years program, which hopes to increase the capacity of early computing courses without sacrificing educational quality. SPARC delivers educational material online, encourages students to practice programming in groups, and allows them to demonstrate their knowledge individually at any time. This allows students to learn the material at their own pace. This educational model frees our students from the tyranny of the 3-hour semester course by replacing the conveyor belt with a 21st century, black-belt, model of education.
News and Events

Training for Peer Computer Experts (PCE)

Professor Kinga Dobolyi to present a SPARC session at Mason's 2016 Innovative Teaching & Learning conference, Friday 16-September (more)

Ben Noble, Jackie Roberts, and John Wong received a 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award (more)

Professors Kinga Dobolyi and Mark Snyder Win George Mason Teaching Excellence Award (more)


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