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Helping Students Understand Programming through Active Learning

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Chris Phillips, Dr Marie Devlin



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.

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Author(s): Phillips C, Devlin M

Editor(s): Ximena Vargas, M., Patricio Poblete, O.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Tenth International Workshop on Active Learning in Engineering Education

Year of Conference: 2011

Number of Volumes: 1

Pages: 1-9

Date deposited: 20/01/2011

Publisher: Escuela de Ingenieria Universidad de Chile

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9789561907263