The impact of Problem-Oriented Animated Learning Modules in a CS1-style course

Jeffrey A. Stone, Tricia K. Clark

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5 Scopus citations

Abstract

CS educators face many challenges in teaching basic computer programming to first-year students. As a result, faculty must find new and interesting ways to engage students and to provide opportunities for student success. This paper reports on a two-year study involving the Problem-Oriented Animated Learning Modules for Introductory Computer Science (PALMS for CS1) project. PALMS for CS1 is a set of animated learning modules designed to enhance student engagement, success, and retention through the use of computer animation, video, audio, and storytelling. The results of this study indicate that PALMS for CS1 has been successful in engaging introductory students but more work remains to improve student success and retention. Marked improvement in student success and retention was seen during the second year of the study, though success and retention are still a challenge for traditionally underrepresented groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE'11 - Proceedings of the 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Pages51-56
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 19 2011
Event42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2011 - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2011Mar 12 2011

Publication series

NameSIGCSE'11 - Proceedings of the 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Other

Other42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityDallas, TX
Period3/9/113/12/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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