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Is anybody there? Bootstrapping attendance with engagement

Teague, Donna M. & Corney, Malcolm W. (2011) Is anybody there? Bootstrapping attendance with engagement. In Williams, G., Statham, P., Brown, N., & Cleland, B. (Eds.) Ascilite 2011 : Changing Demands, Changing Directions, 4-7 December 2011, Wrest Point, Hobart, TAS.

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Abstract

The report card for the introductory programming unit at our university has historically been unremarkable in terms of attendance rates, student success rates and student retention in both the unit and the degree course. After a course restructure recently involving a fresh approach to introducing programming, we reported a high retention in the unit, with consistently high attendance and a very low failure rate. Following those encouraging results, we collected student attendance data for several semesters and compared attendance rates to student results. We have found that interesting workshop material which directly relates to course-relevant assessment items and therefore drives the learning, in an engaging collaborative learning environment has improved attendance to an extraordinary extent, with student failure rates plummeting to the lowest in recorded history at our university.

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ID Code: 48134
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: introductory programming, IT course, student engagement, attendance, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Donna Teague & Malcolm Corney
Copyright Statement: The author(s) assign to ascilite and educational non-profit institutions, a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction, provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The author(s) also grant a non-exclusive licence to ascilite to publish this document on the ascilite web site and in other formats for the Proceedings ascilite Hobart 2011. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
Deposited On: 19 Jan 2012 08:11
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2012 02:44

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