A proposal for enhancing the motivation in students of computer programming

San Miguel González, Beatriz and Aguirre Herrera, Sandra and Álamo Ramiro, José María del and Cortés Sack, Mónica (2012). A proposal for enhancing the motivation in students of computer programming. In: "5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2012)", 19/11/2012 - 21/11/2012, Madrid, Spain. pp. 1-8.

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Title: A proposal for enhancing the motivation in students of computer programming
Author/s:
  • San Miguel González, Beatriz
  • Aguirre Herrera, Sandra
  • Álamo Ramiro, José María del
  • Cortés Sack, Mónica
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2012)
Event Dates: 19/11/2012 - 21/11/2012
Event Location: Madrid, Spain
Title of Book: 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2012)
Date: 2012
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Educational resources, self-assessment, screencasts, automated grading, moodle, tutorials, on-line assessment
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Sistemas Telemáticos [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Computer programming is known to be one of the most difficult courses for students in the first year of engineering. They are faced with the challenge of abstract thinking and gaining programming skills for the first time. These skills are acquired by continuous practicing from the start of the course. In order to enhance the motivation and dynamism of the learning and assessment processes, we have proposed the use of three educational resources namely screencasts, self-assessment questionnaires and automated grading of assignments. These resources have been made available in Moodle which is a Learning Management System widely used in education environments and adopted by the Telecommunications Engineering School at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). Both teachers and students can enhance the learning and assessment processes through the use of new educational activities such as self-assessment questionnaires and automated grading of assignments. On the other hand, multimedia resources such as screencasts can guide students in complex topics. The resources proposed allow teachers to improve their tutorial actions since they provide immediate feedback and comments to students without the enormous effort of manual correction and evaluation by teachers specially taking into account the large number of students enrolled in the course. In this paper we present the case study where three proposed educational resources were applied. We describe the special features of the course and explain why the use of these resources can both enhance the students? motivation and improve the teaching and learning processes. Our research work was carried out on students attending the "Computer programming" course offered in the first year of a Telecommunications Engineering degree at UPM. This course is mandatory and has more than 450 enrolled students. Our purpose is to encourage the motivation and dynamism of the learning and assessment processes.

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Item ID: 38707
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/38707/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:38707
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 07 Dec 2015 18:44
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 18:44
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