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Socially Engaging Students in Large Classes

Celine's SIGCSE 2015 Talk
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Celine Latulipe

on 24 February 2017

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Transcript of Socially Engaging Students in Large Classes

CS1: where we lose students
"I hope this class doesn't have any programming. I hate programming."
- 3rd year CS major
Lightweight Teams in our new CS1 workshop:
Lightweight Teams is equivalent to handing freshmen students 4 new friends on a platter
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UNLOCK
SOCIAL
LEARNING
Socially Engaging Students in Large Classes
Celine Latulipe

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Lightweight Teams:

Teams of students who work together on
low-stakes

activities
throughout the semester
Teamwork - Grade Stress = Social Learning
Teams of 5, randomly assigned
Fixed seating plan
Active learning activities

ightweight teams
Our Experiment

We used lightweight teams in our new CS1 class:

Fall 2013 (enrollment 92)
Spring 2014 (enrollment 65)


Detailed mid- and late-semester anonymous feedback surveys
40-45 questions per survey
Likert scale responses
Open-ended responses

Grade performance in follow-up course
Data Collection
Celine Latulipe
College of Computing and Informatics
clatulip@uncc.edu
In large, introductory classes
lightweight teams
help students practice communication and soft skills, develop community, and promote social learning

Prep Work
Pair Programming Lab
3 Hour Workshop
A Week in a Flipped CS Class
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