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Using Competition to Sustain Motivation – TOPS Evolves

Using Competition to Sustain Motivation – TOPS Evolves
Using Competition to Sustain Motivation – TOPS Evolves
Supporting and sustaining the motivation of our most able and experienced first year undergraduates in introductory programming modules is as important as providing a supportive environment for novices who face a greater and more difficult challenge of mastering their first programming language. Designing and integrating additional challenges into the curriculum can be time consuming and onerous for the individual academic tasked with instructing an introductory programming module. This poster reports on the progress of the HEA-ICS funded TOPS initiative which promotes academic collaboration to stage an inter-university competition for first year programming students. Although the organisational and logistical are complex, students have found the activity rewarding both during the competition, and through subsequent reflection.
programming, competition, diversity, retention, motivation
White, Su
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Carter, Janet
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Jenkins, Tony
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White, Su
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Carter, Janet
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Jenkins, Tony
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White, Su, Carter, Janet and Jenkins, Tony (2009) Using Competition to Sustain Motivation – TOPS Evolves. 10th Annual Conference of the HEA-ICS, United Kingdom. 25 - 27 Aug 2009.

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Abstract

Supporting and sustaining the motivation of our most able and experienced first year undergraduates in introductory programming modules is as important as providing a supportive environment for novices who face a greater and more difficult challenge of mastering their first programming language. Designing and integrating additional challenges into the curriculum can be time consuming and onerous for the individual academic tasked with instructing an introductory programming module. This poster reports on the progress of the HEA-ICS funded TOPS initiative which promotes academic collaboration to stage an inter-university competition for first year programming students. Although the organisational and logistical are complex, students have found the activity rewarding both during the competition, and through subsequent reflection.

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Published date: August 2009
Additional Information: Event Dates: 25 August 2009-27 August 2009
Venue - Dates: 10th Annual Conference of the HEA-ICS, United Kingdom, 2009-08-25 - 2009-08-27
Keywords: programming, competition, diversity, retention, motivation
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 267790
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/267790
PURE UUID: 08fc589d-db2f-4287-a393-f9bbd1c66323
ORCID for Su White: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9588-5275

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Date deposited: 19 Aug 2009 13:17
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:53

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Author: Su White ORCID iD
Author: Janet Carter
Author: Tony Jenkins

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