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Dr. Scheila Wesley Martins

Assistant Professor of Computer Science/Computer Science Education

"Do not be afraid to make mistakes during the learning process, because that is the process. Instead, go further and learn more."

Degrees Held:

  • Post-Doctoral in Informatics – Pontificial Catholic University of Minas Gerais, 2017
  • Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology – University of Coimbra, 2012
  • M.A. in Computer Science – Federal University of Santa Catarina, 2005
  • B.S. in Computer Science – Federal University of Mato Grosso, 1998

Career Highlights:

  • 10 years of experience teaching to undergraduates in Brazil
  • Teaching in the United States and in Portugal for one year each
  • Virtual mentorship and collaboration in volunteer media educational projects worldwide (Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique, Germany, Canada, Colombia and U.S.)
  • Led a team to write a chapter for a didactic textbook series
  • Editor-in-chief of an educational research booklet

Links to share:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Scheila_Martins

In which online bachelor's degree programs do you teach?

B.S. in University Studies, B.A. in University Studies

Which classes do you teach in the online?

COSC 1301

What types of projects can students expect in your online courses?

Group seminars, online workshops, lab assignments, video-reports of individual projects progress, written papers, videos and reading recommendation

What should students take away from your classes? What do they learn?

This course provides an introduction to the trending technologies of today and their integration in our daily activities, as well as provides the reflections of technology for human development and its impacts to social, cultural and economy demands. It also provides an overview of computer information systems and how one can develop problem-solving skills using computers.

What advice would you give to those considering an online bachelor's degree program?

Technology provides learners with different ways to support their learning by presenting many different learning activities, contexts and approaches. But overall, the main aspect that will positively impact progress and guarantee individual success is not so much the technology but each student’s commitment to their future by their study habits.

What is the value of a bachelor's degree? What are some of the skills students gain in this program?

A technological-driven world demands a whole new set of competencies and approaches for teaching and to learning. The offer of knowledge is huge, which brings the necessity of developing a great set of technical and soft skills. These will allow you to better assess information available, select the best content sources and identify relevant requirements to become a greater problem-solver. The most valuable professional is the one who can deliver effectiveness through innovation, creativity, assertiveness and unblemished character. Do not be afraid to make mistakes during the learning process, because that is the process. Instead, go further and learn more.

Why did you start teaching?

I became involved in education because I consider it a place where I could make a difference. In fact, teaching and learning always have been areas of interest, since I came from a family of teachers and researchers who always have education and culture among our highest values.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"A Brave New World" from Aldous Huxley


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