We propose to strengthen the computer science (CS) curriculum by embedding parallel concepts in a required first-semester seminar taken by all incoming declared CS majors. We introduce students to parallel computing concepts through a series of unplugged activities so that students see parallel approaches as a natural form of solution to a task. We describe a pilot offering of the class and activities, with measurements and analysis of what students self-report and their performance on assessments.
Anthony, B. M., Erdil, D. C., Glebova, O., & Montante, R. (2020). Introducing parallelism to first-year CS majors. In SIGCSE '20: Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 1294). Portland, Oregon.