Engaging Students with Animated Learning Modules for Introductory Computer Science

ID: 40092 Type: Full Paper
  1. Jeffrey Stone and Tricia Clark, Pennsylvania State University, United States

Tuesday, October 22 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Location: Versailles 2 View on map

Presider: Eileen Dittmar, Capella University, United States

This paper reports on a three-year study involving the use of animated learning modules in an introductory Computer Science course (CS1). The Problem-Oriented Animated Learning Modules for Introductory Computer Science (PALMS for CS1) project uses animation, text, audio, and video to engage students and provide a set of curricula for CS1 students, many of whom are non-majors who may be lacking in problem-solving skills and confidence. The findings of this study show that the PALMS for CS1 materials successfully engaged students, but that engagement did not translate into a commensurate level of student success and retention. Increases in student confidence to solve word problems, carefully read problems, and to think abstractly were observed at different points in the study.

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