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The TOPS Project - Teaching our over performing students

The TOPS Project - Teaching our over performing students
The TOPS Project - Teaching our over performing students
It would be unlikely for any first year programming class to be solely composed of novices. We all have students with a range of abilities, and this generates challenges as to the best way in which to manage and teach the class. The students at the top need to be enthused whilst we provide extra help to the students at the bottom, and try not to demotivate the ones in the middle. This paper reports the outcome of a project aimed at enthusing the better programmers within the first year of a Computing degree programme. The activity and judging process have been designed to retain student motivation and to value the integration of professional and technical skills. Students and academics have evaluated the process. Student achievements have been enhanced and the approach is seen as a useful addition to existing teaching methods.
Top students, programming, enthusing students.
Carter, Janet
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Efford, Nick
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Jamieson, Stephan
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Jenkins, Tony
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White, Su
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Carter, Janet
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Efford, Nick
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Jamieson, Stephan
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Jenkins, Tony
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White, Su
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Carter, Janet, Efford, Nick, Jamieson, Stephan, Jenkins, Tony and White, Su (2007) The TOPS Project - Teaching our over performing students. 8th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Academy for Information and Computer Science, United Kingdom. 28 - 30 Aug 2007. (In Press)

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Abstract

It would be unlikely for any first year programming class to be solely composed of novices. We all have students with a range of abilities, and this generates challenges as to the best way in which to manage and teach the class. The students at the top need to be enthused whilst we provide extra help to the students at the bottom, and try not to demotivate the ones in the middle. This paper reports the outcome of a project aimed at enthusing the better programmers within the first year of a Computing degree programme. The activity and judging process have been designed to retain student motivation and to value the integration of professional and technical skills. Students and academics have evaluated the process. Student achievements have been enhanced and the approach is seen as a useful addition to existing teaching methods.

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Accepted/In Press date: August 2007
Additional Information: Event Dates: August 28th-August 30th 2007
Venue - Dates: 8th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Academy for Information and Computer Science, United Kingdom, 2007-08-28 - 2007-08-30
Keywords: Top students, programming, enthusing students.
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 265380
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/265380
PURE UUID: d26cdb5f-389a-427a-99f0-0ea623e652f8
ORCID for Su White: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9588-5275

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Date deposited: 01 Apr 2008 15:06
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:53

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