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Teaching Introduction to Computing Through a Project-Based Collaborative Learning Approach

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5 Author(s)
Avouris, N. ; Electr. & Comput. Eng. Dept., Univ. of Patras, Rio Patras, Greece ; Kaxiras, S. ; Koufopavlou, O. ; Sgarbas, K.
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Teaching introduction to computing courses, especially to first year college students, is a challenging endeavor given the increasing difficulty of today's students with programming and algorithmic thinking. In this paper the experience of introducing collaborative and project based approaches in a first year University course is reported. Both synchronous collaborative learning approaches and asynchronous collaboration through group project work have been introduced in the course using Python as a programming language. The effect of use of these approaches in students' attitude towards Computer Science and their performance is discussed here.

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Informatics (PCI), 2010 14th Panhellenic Conference on

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10-12 Sept. 2010