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Flipping a Course on Computer Architecture

Suleman, Hussein (2016) Flipping a Course on Computer Architecture. In Gruner, S, Eds. Proceedings Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers' Association (SACLA 2016), pages 83-94, Cullinan, South Africa.

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This paper reports on an experiment with a flipped classroom for a Computer Architecture course. In a flipped classroom, students access content out of the classroom and then engage in a discussion in-class, rather than the other way around. This seemed like an ideal strategy for a course that can easily focus on the minutiae of architectural details and computer history. The results showed that students liked the interactive and practical aspects of the course but were particularly negative about pre-lecture readings. These results suggest that students need to learn how to learn in different ways, and move away from the exclusive strategy of in-classroom, content-centric lectures.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Flipped classroom
Computer architecture
Low resource environments
Subjects:B Hardware: B.0 GENERAL
C Computer Systems Organization: C.0 GENERAL
ID Code:1165
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:17 Febuary 2017
Alternative Locations:http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-47680-3_8