TOPS – Collaboration and Competition to Stretch our Most Able Programming Novices


White, S A, Carter, Janet, Jamieson, Stephan, Efford, Nick and Jenkins, Tony (2006) TOPS – Collaboration and Competition to Stretch our Most Able Programming Novices. In, 37th Annual ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education, Milwaukee, Wi, 11 - 13 Oct 2007. IEEE, 21-24.

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Finding effective means of meeting students’ varied needs during introductory programming classes is a perpetual challenge. Maintaining motivation and a sufficient level of engagement across an undergraduate group with diverse prior experience is not a simple task. Claims for successful approaches include forms of differentiated teaching and paired programming. Competitions run by professional bodies and the software industry are often used to provide further external motivation. This paper presents the outcomes of a collaborative initiative across four universities which drew on aspects of both these approaches. Academics in the partner institutions had already implemented specific practice to accommodate the variety of student needs. The TOPS project was designed to involve and extend students through the processes of devising and competing in an inter-university challenge. Analysis of the outcomes has enabled the development of further understanding and good practice in this important area.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Event Dates: October 11th-13th October 2007
ISBNs: 142441084307
ISSNs: 0190-5848
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Keywords: active learning, computer science education, paired programming, student motivation.
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science
ePrint ID: 265019
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2008 14:58
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:09
Publisher: IEEE
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ISI Citation Count:0
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/265019

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