Promoting active learning & leveraging dashboards for curriculum assessment in an OpenEdX introductory CS course for middle school

Abstract

Lack of teachers to teach computer science (CS) and pedagogically sound introductory CS curricula remain a significant challenge facing secondary schools attempting to teach CS. This paper describes our efforts to design and pilot an online 6-week middle/high school course using Stanford's OpenEdX platform. The pedagogy, curriculum and assessment are guided by learning theory. The course leverages OpenEdX features for contextual discussions and multiple-choice assessments that promote student learning and provide feedback. The paper reports on experiences in using instructor dashboards to identify targets of student difficulty and to aid curriculum redesign.

DOI: 10.1145/2556325.2567883

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@inproceedings{Grover2014PromotingAL, title={Promoting active learning & leveraging dashboards for curriculum assessment in an OpenEdX introductory CS course for middle school}, author={Shuchi Grover and Roy D. Pea and Stephen Cooper}, booktitle={L@S}, year={2014} }