ERIC Number: ED422924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Peer Learning in an Introductory Programming Course.
Lippert, Susan K.; Granger, Mary J.
The role of Information Systems within organizations is constantly changing. Undergraduates concentrating in Information Systems need to acquire the knowledge and skills to compete in this dynamic arena. The undergraduate curriculum must not only address technical knowledge, but also communications and collaborative skills necessary for participation in the work environment. In order to provide an opportunity for students to combine these competencies, peer learning techniques were combined with the standard methods of teaching computer programming skills in an introductory programming course. These techniques allow students, as peers, to learn from and with each other. Student learning is promoted through peer/classmate interaction within a formal team setting. Learning occurs, not only from the instructor, but from and with other students; most peer learning exercises challenge the student to assume more of the learning responsibility. Peer learning techniques were implemented throughout the semester through small in-class group exercises and a larger final group programming project. This sharing of knowledge and group interaction created a better environment for learning subject matter that is often considered very difficult. Students enjoyed working with each other and their level of anxiety decreased. Although the focus of this paper is on a specific course, many of the activities can be implemented in other technical or non-technical courses. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Academy for Information Management Annual Conference (12th, Atlanta, GA, December 12-14, 1997); see IR 057 067.