Supporting Active Learning by Introducing an Interactive Teaching Tool in a Data Structures and Algorithms
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2016), 2016, 663-668 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Traditionally, theoretical foundations in data structures and algorithms (DSA) courses have been covered through lectures followed by tutorials, where students practise their understanding on pen-and-paper tasks. In this paper, we present findings from a pilot study on using the interactive e-book OpenDSA as the main material in a DSA course. The goal was to redesign an already existing course by building on active learning and continuous examination through the use of OpenDSA. In addition to presenting the study setting, we describe findings from four data sources: final exam, OpenDSA log data, pre and post questionnaires as well as an observation study. The results indicate that students performed better on the exam than during previous years. Students preferred OpenDSA over traditional textbooks and worked actively with the material, although a large proportion of them put off the work until the due date approaches.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 663-668 p.
Computer and Information Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122401DOI: 10.1145/2839509.2844653OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-122401DiVA: diva2:866151
47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2016), Memphis, Tennessee, USA, March 2-5, 2016