Engaging Students with Animated Learning Modules for Introductory Computer Science
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.
Presider: Eileen Dittmar, Capella University