Supporting Creativity and User Interaction in CS 1 Homework Assignments
SIGCSE '15 Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
In this paper, we describe CS 1 programming assignments that encourage design creativity and that utilize user testing. All course assignments allowed for some student-defined specifications; some assignments required user tests to encourage interaction with other people. The open-ended nature of the assignments supported students' creativity and motivation to learn. The user tests provided a platform for students to share their creations and knowledge about computing with others. Both the creative aspect and sharing aspect of the assignments led to students taking ownership of their work. Overall, 41 of 44 (93.2%) students enjoyed the open-ended nature of the assignments and sharing programs with users also enhanced their understanding of their programs and computing concepts.
Author Supplied Keywords
Novice programmers, Motivation, User interaction, Creativity
Computer science--Study and teaching; Engineering students; Engineering--Study and teaching
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
VanDeGrift, Tammy, "Supporting Creativity and User Interaction in CS 1 Homework Assignments" (2015). Engineering Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 24.
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