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Academics expend a large amount of time and effort to sustain and enhance the motivation of undergraduate students. Typically based on a desire to ensure that all students achieve their full potential, approaches are based on an understanding that students who are highly motivated will learn more. Furthermore, institutional rewards accrue from effective use… (More)
We employed a context-based teaching strategy using personal robots in an introductory computer science course. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First we describe our experiences using the IPRE (Institute for Personal Robots in Education) program to teach CS1. We then present our results from an initial study of its effectiveness. We compare the same… (More)
A problem in education today is being able to reach out to the students in innovative ways. While making it relevant and important for the students, we used twitter as a tool for student collaboration. A class in the USA and a class in Australia used twitter as a tool to collaborate within their courses as well as with each other for one semester. While… (More)
Learning how write and communicate effectively is a common challenge that spans most academic disciplines. "Can a model be developed that visually captures the structural and linguistic complexity of text?" This paper proposes a model for visualizing sentence complexity.