Switching to Stay Home Instruction: Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Learner Performance for an Introductory Computer Science Course

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Abstract

The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has caused significant interruptions of the regular approach to teaching. Here, we compare the impacts of Stay Home orders on the student learning outcomes in an introduction to algorithms and data structures university course. We describe an example course modification based on student feedback at the semester's half-time point, and how students performed the remainder of the semester in comparison to a comparable prior semester. We find several differences in the overall participation from the electronic textbook as well as the course overall. We do not find that there is a significant change in the overall course outcomes when contrasting the Spring 2020 course offering with that from the prior semester.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGITE 2020 - Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Information Technology Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages294
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450370455
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 7 2020
Event21st Annual Conference of the Special Interest Group in Information Technology Education, SIGITE 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Oct 7 2020Oct 9 2020

Publication series

NameSIGITE 2020 - Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Information Technology Education

Conference

Conference21st Annual Conference of the Special Interest Group in Information Technology Education, SIGITE 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/7/2010/9/20

Keywords

  • coronavirus
  • electronic textbook
  • introduction to programming
  • online instruction

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