When constructing a course, pedagogy and content should reinforce goals. Yet, practices within a course have the potential to send rather different messages than intended. What follows are 7 discussion points:
It is not important what instructors cover in a course; rather it is important what students learn.
Many studies show that lecturing is much less effective than active learning in engaging students in material and helping them learn.
Example for another session: A lab-based approach to CS1 and CS2 that emphasizes collaborative learning — 33-47 labs; in one version, I lecture about 4 hours a month
created 23 April 2008|
last revised 15 June 2008