Rising Lively Studying in Introductory Programming Programs with Barbara Ericson

ACM India and iSIGCSE Chapter Webinar Collection on Training on Monday, 1 August with Prof. Barbara Ericson

Rising Lively Studying in Introductory Programming Programs


Introductory programming programs are sometimes taught with passive lecture and follow that requires college students to put in writing code from scratch. These programs are thought-about arduous and infrequently have a excessive drop-out or failure price. College students with much less prior programming expertise are notably prone to failing. How can we assist extra college students succeed, particularly in very giant programs? One of many pedagogical methods with many years of proof for its effectiveness is Peer Instruction. Instructors show a tough multiple-choice query about each 10–quarter-hour in lecture and college students reply first individually after which talk about with a peer after which reply once more. Peer Instruction is a kind of lively studying. Lively studying usually has higher studying features than passive studying. Different methods so as to add extra lively studying to introductory programming programs is to make use of interactive eBooks with a wide range of follow varieties with fast suggestions. One of many varieties of follow that my college students and I’ve been exploring is mixed-up code (Parsons) issues. In these issues college students are given mixed-up code that they have to place within the right order.

Bio of the Presenter

Barbara accomplished her PhD on the Georgia Institute of Know-how in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her BS in CS at Wayne State College in Detroit, Michigan and her MS in CS on the College of Michigan. She has labored in a wide range of analysis labs together with Common Motors Analysis Labs, Bell Communications Analysis, and the Institute of Paper Science Analysis. She has authored a number of books on media computation, which is an strategy to show programming by having college students write packages that manipulate media. She has labored in a wide range of areas together with person expertise, synthetic intelligence, 3-D graphics, medical functions, databases, and computing schooling. She holds two patents in database modifications for case-based reasoning. Her analysis pursuits embrace computing schooling, studying analytics, synthetic intelligence, and person expertise. She creates and assessments interactive digital books for introductory computing programs. Interactive eBooks have an incredible potential for bettering studying by means of lively studying, fast suggestions, and spaced follow. She was the recipient of the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Excellent Educator Award in 2010.


Viraj Kumar, ACM India Council member & Division of CSA, IISc Bangalore


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