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Experiment with Peer Instruction in Computer Science to Enhance Class Attendance

Keet, C. Maria (2015) Experiment with Peer Instruction in Computer Science to Enhance Class Attendance. In Huillet, E., Eds. Proceedings 23rd Annual Meeting of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (SAARMSTE'15), pages 319-331, Maputo, Mozambique.

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Class attendance of computer science courses in higher education is typically not overwhelming. Anecdotal reports and the authors’ experiences with a low-resource mode of peer instruction indicated increased class attendance after a lecture with such concept tests. This has been evaluated systematically with a 3rd-year computer science module using a medium-resource, software-based, Audience Response System (‘clickers’). Results show there is neither a positive nor a negative relation between lectures with peer instruction (PI) and class attendance. The student participation rate in software-based voting decreased and some decline in lecture attendance was observed. Thus, PI itself could not be shown to be a useful strategy to enhance class attendance. Notwithstanding, the students’ evaluation of the use of PI was a moderately positive.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:audience response systems, computer science education
Subjects:K Computing Milieux: K.3 COMPUTERS AND EDUCATION
ID Code:1004
Deposited By:Keet, C. Maria
Deposited On:02 March 2015
Alternative Locations:http://www.meteck.org/files/saarmste15KeetPI.pdf