Students who have been admitted to CBNU through non-scheduled admission can take SW basic education before admission. This has been the case since last year, and this class is operated by the SW-Centered University Project Group of CBNU. What does this project group do?
The SW-Centered University Project Group is making various efforts to support the growth and developments of students with the goal of ‘Cultivating intelligent SW talents with challenging and core job competencies that contribute to the community.’ As the demand for professionals in software and artificial intelligence increases, ours has become a society where it is essential for the general public to understand software. Accordingly, this institution operates SW programs for elementary·middle·high school students and the general public as well as college students. Several centers also exist within the project group to provide various educational programs. To find out more about this, a CBT reporter met Kim Hye-jin, head of the project support team, who is in charge of project operation at CBNU SW-Centered University Project Group.
Q1. Please introduce the SW basic education.
‘Pre-admission SW basic education’ provides basic software education learning based on computational thinking for prospective freshmen in accordance with the mandatory basic software education for all students. CBNU has opened and operates a Computational Thinking course to foster convergence skills. Instead of this course, the students can earn three credits in advance by taking SW basic education. We conduct it every winter season semester to help foster convergence talent combined with students’ IT utilization skills and basic software skills after admission.
Q2. What are the similarities and differences between SW basic education and SW experience education in SW education?
In common, SW basic education and SW experience education are operated as curriculum programs that are easily accessible to non-major, middle·high school students, and the general public. If there is a difference, SW experience education is mainly operated to help students design their careers by promoting computational thinking and inducing interest while experiencing AI and SW experience programs.
Q3. What projects are undertaken by various centers in CBNU SW-Centered University Project Group?
The SW Basic Education Center operates software introductory, basic or advanced education courses for SW convergence major and non-major students. In addition, it operates SW value diffusion programs such as SW Camps, SW Special Lectures, and SW High School Clubs for software culture experiences for elementary·middle·high school students and the general public in Chungcheongbuk-do.
The SW Major Education Center operates six intelligent SW convergence school districts’ in-depth tracks to foster global software core human resources and supports education based on the 7-Up SW education innovation model to improve software capabilities. By establishing a coding history management system on the group website, we analyze individual programming learning history by registering individual development program codes and metadata. As a result, we identify educational levels, and actively use them for educational performance analysis and student guidance.
The SW Convergence Education Center operates a SW-based SW convergence major that combines two or more departments. In addition, the EASY course curriculum is opened as a SW convergence major, providing various opportunities for non-major students to receive SW convergence education more easily.
The SW Industrial-Academic Cooperation Center operates a joint industrial-academic cooperation project, an international joint industrial-academic project, and an internship program in which universities, domestic and foreign companies work together to foster field-friendly SW creative talents. In addition, based on the start-up-related courses, we are systematically laying the foundation for student start-ups so that they can be linked to external technology investment by supporting external expert mentoring to revitalize SW-based technology start-ups. The Open Source SW Center operates an OSS club to improve the development of open source SW-based SW capabilities, and operates open source SW and AI-related lectures, open source-based algorithm competitions, and open source SW community programs for college students in Chungcheongbuk-do.
Q4. Lastly, please give some advice to CBNU students.
The SW-Centered University Project Group operates many non-subject programs for non-major students and general public as well as participating departments. We are always accepting applications through our website and actively promoting them through our Kakaotalk channel, so we would appreciate it if more students participate in the program offered by the project group.
In addition, we operate the Chungbuk Coding Doctor and E-Help Desk to ask for help and share knowledge about problems and questions that occur during software development. If you encounter problems or errors that do not work out well during class content, personal software development, and learning activities, feel free to access Chungbuk Coding Doctor for help.
Through this interview with Team Leader Kim Hye-jin, the CBT reporter could see how and the purpose of such a variety of SW education and programs are being conducted. The reporter looked into what CBNU students thought about SW basic education.
Park Jin-hyeong (School of Electronics Engineering, 22) I found out about this class when I heard that if I take SW basic education, I could earn three credits before admission. I thought it was a good opportunity for me to find something to prepare before entering college. Through SW basic education, I gained confidence that ‘I can also think creatively.’ by being able to experience coding and computational thinking in advance. I think it is very good to be able to complete the Computational Thinking course and get credits before admission. However, I found that some specific departments, such as the School of Electronics, and Electrical Engineering, do not include the required cultural studies’ credits even if students complete SW basic education. This leaves something to be desired.
Kim Min-chan (School of Electronics Engineering, 22) I got to know SW basic education at the recommendation of my school senior. Later, I found out that if I took this class, I could get credits, so I applied for and completed the SW basic education. It was nice to be able to experience ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) and Python Coding in advance, before taking a full class after entering the school. It was a non-face-to-face class conducted via ZOOM, but I think it is one of the best cultural studies because I could meet other students. It was the only problem that the internet connection was poor and the class often froze or buffered.
It was regrettable that it was a non-face-to-face class. However, the CBT reporter found that SW basic education was not just a course to easily earn credits, but one that allowed students to gain valuable basic software knowledge.
CBNU SW-Centered University Project Group is not known to many people, but it provides various programs to a wide range of individuals. If readers are interested in software, or have difficulties studying software, how about actively participating in the education and program run by the SW-Centered University Project Group?