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Supporting Active Learning by Introducing an Interactive Teaching Tool in a Data Structures and Algorithms Course

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Supporting Active Learning by Introducing an Interactive Teaching Tool in a Data Structures and Algorithms Course
Traditionally, theoretical foundations in data structures and algorithms (DSA) courses have been covered through lectures followed by tutorials, where students practise their understanding on pen-and-paper tasks. In this paper, we present findings from a pilot study on using the interactive e-book OpenDSA as the main material in a DSA course. The goal was to redesign an already existing course by building on active learning and continuous examination through the use of OpenDSA. In addition to presenting the study setting, we describe findings from four data sources: final exam, OpenDSA log data, pre and post questionnaires as well as an observation study. The results indicate that students performed better on the exam than during previous years. Students preferred OpenDSA over traditional textbooks and worked actively with the material, although a large proportion of them put off the work until the due date approaches. Keywords active learning; e-textbook; interactive textbook; da...
Tommy Färnqvist, Fredrik Heintz, Patrick Lamb
Added 09 Apr 2016
Updated 09 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where SIGCSE
Authors Tommy Färnqvist, Fredrik Heintz, Patrick Lambrix, Linda Mannila, Chunyan Wang 0003
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