Closed laboratories with embedded instructional research design for CS1

Leen Kiat Soh, Ashok Samal, Suzette Person, Gwen Nugent, Jeff Lang

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8 Scopus citations

Abstract

Closed laboratories are becoming an increasingly popular approach to teaching introductory computer science courses. However, as observed in [1], "Considering the prevalence of closed labs and the fact that they have been in place in CS curricula for more than a decade, there is little published evidence assessing their effectiveness." In this paper we report on an integrated approach to designing and implementing laboratories with embedded instructional research design. The activities reported here are part of our department-wide effort to not only improve student learning in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, but also to improve the agility of our Computer Science and Engineering Department in adapting our curriculum to changing technologies, incorporate research, and validate the instructional strategies used. This paper presents the design and implementation of the labs and the results and analysis of student performance. Also described in this paper is how we have employed cooperative learning in our labs and how it impacts student learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Thirty-Sixth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2005
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages297-301
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1581139977, 9781581139976
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
EventProceedings of the Thirty-Sixth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2005 - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Feb 23 2005Feb 27 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Thirty-Sixth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2005

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the Thirty-Sixth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2005
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO
Period2/23/052/27/05

Keywords

  • Closed Laboratories
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Instructional Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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