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Course Stories, Season 2 Episode #1: Radically Interactive - CSE 110: Intro to Computer Programming

In this episode, Mary interviews two of her passionate faculty from the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, Ryan Meuth and Phillip Miller. Ryan and Phill have a long history with CSE110, Principles of Programming, first redeveloping the course for our Universal Learner pathways, formerly known as Earned Admissions, and we get a little nostalgic when we bring in Jill Roter to briefly fawn over Phill and Ryan and talk about the impact this course makes in all of ASU’s Teaching & Learning realms.

Their teaching approach is radically interactive, with students completing hundreds of small programs and activities throughout the course, with immediate feedback, and a robust support system, at scale. Phill and Ryan have even figured out how to identify the “digital struggle face”. Enjoy this first Course Story of Season Two!  

And try your hand at programming using the Maze Runner. This is the program built by Ryan’s Capstone students and used in week one of CSE110. Student outcomes affecting student outcomes, we are gushing with respect and admiration for these amazing professors. They care, and you can feel it! 

In this Episode:

Ryan Meuth with a large smile

Ryan Meuth, Sr. Lecturer, Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU

Ryan joined ASU in Fall of 2013 as a lecturer for Academic and Student Affairs.  He focuses primarily on developing and delivering first year and capstone programs in engineering, programming and embedded systems.

Phill Miller with a short beard, shyly smiling

Phill Miller, Sr. Lecturer, Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU

Phill is just some guy who loves computers and programming and problem-solving, and sharing these passions with others.

20+ years teaching experience
30+ years programming experience

Jill Roter smiling kindly at the camera

Jill Roter, Principal Instructional Designer, EdPlus

Jill Roter, M.A., is a Principal Instructional Designer with EdPlus, where she focuses on scalable initiatives for worldwide audiences. Her previous projects included Global Freshman Academy and Universal Learner Courses, which provide non-ASU learners the opportunity to access higher education on their own terms. She’s currently working on the Dreamscape Learn program. Dreamscape Learn is a fully immersive VR / XR environment, where learners in the biological sciences can experience problems firsthand, and determine optimal solutions.

Mary Loder smiling

Mary Loder, Host of Course Stories, Manager of Professional Development and Training & Instructional Designer, EdPlus

Mary is the co-host of this podcast and also wrote the last line of Ricardo’s bio. Additionally,  she is the operations manager for the professional development programs offered at EdPlus for faculty across the world. Her involvement in this redesign helped merge the partners together, explore new boundaries of interaction, and work together to create a seamless student experience in all five of ASU’s teaching and learning realms. 

Ricardo Leon smiling

Ricardo Leon, Host of Course Stories and Media Specialist, EdPlus

Ricardo Leon is a Media Developer for EdPlus and is a co-creator and co-host of Course Stories. He has developed a number of other podcasts and various other forms of instructional media. In 2021, Ricardo was on a team that received The President’s Award, which formally recognizes successful solutions in innovation, for his work on the Study Hall project with Crash Course. Ricardo is a sought-after media specialist at ASU, creating fun, humorous, and informative content with our faculty.

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Ricardo Leon, Media Specialist with EdPlus

Mary Loder, Instructional Designer with ASU Online at EdPlus

Course Stories is produced by EdPlus out of Arizona State University.

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