Mary Z. Last

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The decline in computing enrollments is a global concern that necessitates that every potentially successful computing student be targeted for support and development. The needs of technically experienced, highly capable first-term college students are unique, and no less challenging than the needs of their lesser-prepared peers. In order to attract(More)
Students of today need to be prepared to work in globally distributed organizations. Part of that preparation involves teaching students to work effectively in teams to solve problems. Students also must be able to work with individuals located at distant sites where there is no or very little face-to-face interaction. The Runestone project, an(More)
Just a few years ago, incorporating team projects in a course meant that all students had to be collocated, able to meet face-to-face. Now, distributed teams use the Internet and other technologies to work across time and distance. Instructors who include distributed team projects in their courses add the dimensions of collaborative technologies, language,(More)
This research in progress paper compares the characteristics of high and low performance distributed student teams doing software development in Computer Science. The distributed student teams were involved in a software development project that was part of a Computer Science course at two universities located in different countries.We developed a set of(More)
Service learning is an educational paradigm in which students take part in community service [4]. In service-learning projects, students apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in the classroom to the real-world problems of community-based, nonprofit organizations. The panel members will discuss their experiences with service-learning projects. They(More)
This report expands upon the work started by an ITiCSE 2005 Working Group, which established the groundwork for collecting and analyzing the oral histories of computing educators and provided a foundation for the Computing Educators Oral History Project (CEOHP). The main charge for the Working Group during ITiCSE 2008 was to begin analyzing the interviews(More)
In order to develop intellectual expertise, the student needs to learn how to perform sophisticated pattern identification, and how to employ effective study and test taking strategies. These cognitive requirements are complex and analytical, and formal instruction operates under challenging constraints. In order to help students succeed in their chosen(More)