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Aires, João Paulo ; Aires, Simone Bello Kaminski ; Pereira, Maria João Varanda ; Alves, Luís M.

Active Methodologies in Incoming Programming Classes (Short Paper)

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Innovative approaches in teaching programming have been required to improve the success of incoming programming students. This work presents the initial results of a teaching strategy implemented in the Algorithms subject of a Computer Science course. Ninety-five students, enrolled in this subject during the first semester of the course, participated in the research. The reported activity is related with active methodologies of teaching and Problem-Based Learning, being developed on the first day of class in groups of up to five students. The activity was based in two actions: 1) answering a questionnaire associating computing elements to daily life routines; and, 2) even without programming concepts knowledge, develop a smartphone application. Each group received a questionnaire containing 19 questions, divided into four blocks. What can be perceived with the accomplishment of this work, was the enthusiasm, motivation and engagement of the students who, even being unknown from each other, organized themselves in the groups and researched the necessary strategies to complete the challenge. The teacher acted as an advisor in the teaching process, conducting the experiment in order to lead students to find the solution.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Aires, Jo\~{a}o Paulo and Aires, Simone Bello Kaminski and Pereira, Maria Jo\~{a}o Varanda and Alves, Lu{\'\i}s M.},
  title =	{{Active Methodologies in Incoming Programming Classes}},
  booktitle =	{Second International Computer Programming Education Conference (ICPEC 2021)},
  pages =	{8:1--8:9},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-194-8},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2021},
  volume =	{91},
  editor =	{Henriques, Pedro Rangel and Portela, Filipe and Queir\'{o}s, Ricardo and Sim\~{o}es, Alberto},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-142241},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.ICPEC.2021.8},
  annote =	{Keywords: Teaching Programming, Active Methodologies, Learning Innovation}

Keywords: Teaching Programming, Active Methodologies, Learning Innovation
Collection: Second International Computer Programming Education Conference (ICPEC 2021)
Issue Date: 2021
Date of publication: 01.07.2021

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