About the course

College Credit

Students who maintain a grade of 75% or above in the first semester of the course are eligible to earn college credit for CS 302—Computer Fluency, an introductory course to computer science for non-majors at The University of Texas at Austin. CS 302 covers “the fundamental concepts of computing: how computers work, what they can do, and how they can be used effectively.”

Innovative Curriculum

Our curriculum is rooted in the Computer Science: Principles curricular framework, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The curriculum assumes no previous background in computing, and “is intended to foster a wider appeal for the computer science discipline and to better prepare a pipeline of STEM majors.”

Meet the team

  • Calvin Lin

  • Principal Investigator

Dr. Calvin Lin is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin. Lin has a long-standing interest in CS education. He has been the Director of the Department's Turing Scholars Honors Program since its creation in 2001, and he is currently PI of Project Engage! In addition to these interests, Lin has research interests in compilers, computer architecture, and parallel computing.

  • George Veletsianos

  • Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. George Veletsianos is co-PI of Project Engage. He is a Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, and Associate Professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Veletsianos studies emerging technologies and pedagogies and his research aims to understand learners', educators', and scholars' practices and experiences in emerging online settings (e.g., social networks and open learning environments).

  • Bradley Beth

  • Master Teacher / Program Coordinator

Bradley Beth is the Master Teacher for Project Engage! After working in the software development industry, he became certified to teach computer science through the UTeach program. As a teacher, the College Board named Bradley as having the highest AP Computer Science pass rates in the country among African-American and Hispanic students (2007).

  • Gregory Russell

  • Project Manager/Instructional Designer

Gregory Russell is the project manager for Thriving in Our Digital World. His responsibilities also include instructional design, teacher support, professional development, outreach, and educational research. Greg was formerly an elementary and middle school teacher. He enjoys an active lifestyle with sports, cross-training, and cycling.