Low-Cost Active Learning Benefits for Introductory Computer Science Courses

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Abstract

Active learning has gained significant traction in the past decade and implementations can be found across all institutions of higher learning. While large costs are incurred to modify available spaces to technology-supported active classrooms, economy-based active learning systems that provide similar functionality could be employed instead. In this paper, we provide initial results for a comparison of second-semester programming course student learning outcomes. Students for an economy-based active learning system and a high-cost active learning classroom indicate through pre- and post-test results that there is little difference between delivery modes. This supports the emerging research that the activity, not the space is the dominant factor for active learning gains, which can alleviate some of the pressures for budgetarily challenged institutions of higher learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117461
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 - Covington, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2019Oct 19 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2019-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCovington
Period10/16/1910/19/19

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • computer aided instruction
  • computer science education
  • educational technology
  • programming

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