Helping Students Understand Programming through Active Learning

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Author(s)Phillips C, Devlin M
Editor(s)Ximena Vargas, M., Patricio Poblete, O.
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameTenth International Workshop on Active Learning in Engineering Education
Conference LocationSantiago, Chile
Year of Conference2011
Source Publication Date10-12 January 2011
Number of Volumes1
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This paper draws on the literature for teaching introductory programming and previous pedagogical research on learning and teaching in large classes. We discuss both the problems posed by large class sizes in lectures and the common problems many novice programmers face. We then outline some fun and practical ways to illustrate basic programming concepts in a large class setting by drawing comparisons with real-world scenarios. These methods can be adopted for other disciplines and help increase interactivity in large classes, giving students hands-on experience of problem-solving and promoting independent thinking.
PublisherEscuela de Ingenieria Universidad de Chile
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