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Mitra, Sandeep – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2014
This article presents the use of a model-centric approach to facilitate software development projects conforming to the three-tier architecture in undergraduate software engineering courses. Many instructors intend that such projects create software applications for use by real-world customers. While it is important that the first version of these…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computer Software, Models, Undergraduate Students
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Clarke, Peter J.; Davis, Debra; King, Tariq M.; Pava, Jairo; Jones, Edward L. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2014
As software becomes more ubiquitous and complex, the cost of software bugs continues to grow at a staggering rate. To remedy this situation, there needs to be major improvement in the knowledge and application of software validation techniques. Although there are several software validation techniques, software testing continues to be one of the…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Professional Personnel, Engineering, Testing
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Buchanan, Sarah; Laviola, Joseph J., Jr. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2014
We present CSTutor, a sketch-based interface designed to help students understand data structures, specifically Linked Lists, Binary Search Trees, AVL Trees, and Heaps. CSTutor creates an environment that seamlessly combines a user's sketched diagram and code. In each of these data structure modes, the user can naturally sketch a data structure on…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Visual Aids, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Interfaces
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Yadav, Aman; Mayfield, Chris; Zhou, Ninger; Hambrusch, Susanne; Korb, John T. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2014
Computational thinking (CT) is broadly defined as the mental activity for abstracting problems and formulating solutions that can be automated. In an increasingly information-based society, CT is becoming an essential skill for everyone. To ensure that students develop this ability at the K-12 level, it is important to provide teachers with an…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education
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Velazquez-Iturbide, J. Angel – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
Greedy algorithms constitute an apparently simple algorithm design technique, but its learning goals are not simple to achieve.We present a didacticmethod aimed at promoting active learning of greedy algorithms. The method is focused on the concept of selection function, and is based on explicit learning goals. It mainly consists of an…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Experimental Teaching, Teaching Methods, Active Learning
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Isomottonen, Ville; Tirronen, Ville – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
Lecturing is known to be a controversial form of teaching. With massed classrooms, in particular, it tends to constrain the active participation of students. One of the remedies applied to programming education is to use technology that can vitalize interaction in the classroom, while another is to base teaching increasingly on programming…
Descriptors: Programming, Active Learning, Independent Study, Teaching Methods
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Hundhausen, Christopher D.; Agrawal, Anukrati; Agarwal, Pawan – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
Given the increasing importance of soft skills in the computing profession, there is good reason to provide students withmore opportunities to learn and practice those skills in undergraduate computing courses. Toward that end, we have developed an active learning approach for computing education called the "Pedagogical Code Review"…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, Group Activities
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Magana, Alejandra J.; Falk, Michael L.; Reese, Michael J., Jr. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
This article investigates the effectiveness of a course employing a discipline-based computing approach. The research questions driving this study were: (1) Can experiences with discipline-based computing promote students' acquisition and application of foundational computing concepts and procedures? (2) How do students perceive and experience the…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Computer Science Education, Undergraduate Students, Instructional Effectiveness
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Bailey Lee, Cynthia; Garcia, Saturnino; Porter, Leo – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
Peer Instruction (PI) is an active learning pedagogical technique. PI lectures present students with a series of multiple-choice questions, which they respond to both individually and in groups. PI has been widely successful in the physical sciences and, recently, has been successfully adopted by computer science instructors in lower-division,…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Advanced Courses, Active Learning, Statistical Analysis
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McGill, Monica M. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2012
One of the goals of using robots in introductory programming courses is to increase motivation among learners. There have been several types of robots that have been used extensively in the classroom to teach a variety of computer science concepts. A more recently introduced robot designed to teach programming to novice students is the Institute…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Software, Gender Differences, Student Interests
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Talon, Benedicte; Sagar, Mouldi; Kolski, Christophe – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2012
Training professionals to design and produce interactive systems requires the use of well thought-out training scenarios. Indeed, it is essential to consider pedagogical forms whose objective is providing learners with field experience. It is also necessary to motivate learners to learn about subjects that sometimes seem distant from their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, Computer System Design, Interaction
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Apiola, Mikko; Lattu, Matti; Pasanen, Tomi A. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2012
Despite much public discussion about the importance of creativity and innovation-friendly teaching in Finnish higher education, the impact of the general opinion on actual teaching practices has been limited. In the Finnish computer science education the teaching mostly follows a pattern of lectures, fixed exercise sets, and exams. With this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, Robotics, College Instruction
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Sondag, Tyler; Pokorny, Kian L.; Rajan, Hridesh – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2012
Students in all areas of computing require knowledge of the computing device including software implementation at the machine level. Several courses in computer science curricula address these low-level details such as computer architecture and assembly languages. For such courses, there are advantages to studying real architectures instead of…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Computer Simulation, Computer Graphics, Computer Interfaces
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Goode, Joanna; Margolis, Jane – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2011
This article will detail efforts to broaden participation in computing in urban schools through a comprehensive reform effort of curricular development, teacher professional development, and policy changes. Beginning with an account of the curricular development of "Exploring Computer Science", we will describe the inquiry-based research…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Urban Schools, Educational Change, Case Studies
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Wang, Alf Inge – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2011
This article describes an extensive evaluation of introducing a game project to a software architecture course. In this project, university students have to construct and design a type of software architecture, evaluate the architecture, implement an application based on the architecture, and test this implementation. In previous years, the domain…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Computer Software, Robotics, Games
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