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Teaching an International Distributed Discussion-Based Course
Software Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8657-2557
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Distribuerade realtidssystem (DRTS), Distributed Real-Time Systems)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1039-5830
Software Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, USA.
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science & Computer Engineering (FECS'19) / [ed] Hamid R. Arabnia, Leonidas Deligiannidis, Fernando G. Tinetti, Quoc-Nam Tran, CSREA, Computer Science Research, Education, and Applications Press , 2019, p. 149-154Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Small discussion-based courses pose several challenges. Low enrollments make the course difficult to justify and can restrict active discussions. Impromptu discussions are hard to encourage. Students come to class tired, not well prepared, reluctant to speak out, or not able to verbalize abstract thoughts fast enough to fully engage. Sometimes a few students dominate the discussions while other students stay silent. This paper describes a novel teaching model that was created to allow one professor to teach the same course at multiple universities. As the course design emerged, the asynchronous online distributed nature of the course turned out to not only solve the initial problem, but also other challenges of discussion-based courses. Instructors and students found this model led to more engagement, increased learning, and higher performance.

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CSREA, Computer Science Research, Education, and Applications Press , 2019. p. 149-154
Keywords [en]
experiment, teaching methodology, teaching applied research, teaching software engineering experiment
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Computer Sciences
Research subject
Distributed Real-Time Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-18044ISBN: 1-60132-498-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-18044DiVA, id: diva2:1381923
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The 15th Int'l Conf on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science & Computer Engineering (FECS'19). Las Vegas, USA, 29 July - 1 August, 2019
Available from: 2019-12-30 Created: 2019-12-30 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved

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