Transforming the learning experience of non-traditional students in an online cs1 course through peer-instruction

Farzana Rahman, Tiana Solis

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Abstract

In the 21st century, Computer science (CS) academic programs are becoming as diverse and innovative as computer science itself. Due to the increasing number of jobs and national demands for more computing professionals, we see a surge of non-traditional students (aged over 25), entering the CS1 course, who already have a degree in a different discipline and work either full-time or part-time. These students have very low retention rate beyond CS1 course. We researched at a large metropolitan public research university, Florida International University (FIU), where we have designed an online CS1 course, integrating peer-instruction, to addresses the divergent background of our student population so they can thrive in computing major/minor, beyond CS1 course. In this poster, we report our findings on how the learning experience of non-traditional students is impacted by the peer-instruction integrated in the online CS1 course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2020 - Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1379
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367936
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 26 2020
Event51st ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2020 - Portland, United States
Duration: Mar 11 2020Mar 14 2020

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
ISSN (Print)1942-647X

Conference

Conference51st ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2020
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period3/11/203/14/20

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Coding
  • Cs1
  • Non-traditional
  • Peer-instruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Education

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