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Evaluating Student Opinion of Constructivist Learning Activities on Computing Undergraduate Degrees

By John Colvin and Alan Phelan

Abstract

This paper discusses the student-focused learning activities employed by a number of computing lecturers at the University of Worcester to encourage learning amongst 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates. These activities include on-line discussions, variations on group discussion and presentational activities, students undertaking and analysing computer simulations, and the completion of a structured series of programming activities. The paper introduces the background to these learning activities, documents them and then analyses the approach adopted by members of staff. This is followed by a review of the feedback from both students and academic staff. Finally, the paper comments on the awareness of the academics of the term ‘Constructive Alignment’

Topics: QA75, LB2300
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.eprints.org:8

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