Refactoring a CS0 course for engineering students to use active learning

Erno Lokkila (University of Turku Graduate School, University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Erkki Kaila (University of Turku Graduate School, University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Rolf Lindén (University of Turku Graduate School, University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Mikko-Jussi Laakso (University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Erkki Sutinen (University of Turku, Turku, Finland)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 18 September 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper was to determine whether applying e-learning material to a course leads to consistently improved student performance.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper analyzes grade data from seven instances of the course. The first three instances were performed traditionally. After an intervention, in the form of applying e-learning methodologies, more data were collected from four course instances. These data are then analyzed and compared.

Findings

The main finding of this paper is that the application of e-learning improved the overall grades and decreased the fail rates of students who took this course.

Originality/value

This paper demonstrates the efficacy of applying e-learning methods to an undergraduate course. This paper is of special interest to educators, who wish to improve and enhance their teaching.

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Citation

Lokkila, E., Kaila, E., Lindén, R., Laakso, M. and Sutinen, E. (2017), "Refactoring a CS0 course for engineering students to use active learning", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 182-195. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-01-2017-0010

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