LACS and Use of Labs
Over the years, many sessions at LACS meetings have discussed the use of
labs in our courses:
Facilities: room layout, connectivity, table configurations to aid
Use of lab areas at various levels: open labs, closed labs,
Class organization: separate lab/lecture spaces, integration of lecture
and labs, etc.
Lab support: faculty, separate staff, students, ITS
Work load: teaching credit for faculty, academic credit for students
LACS largely considers use of labs within courses as a given.
Early articles by members highlighted/promoted the inclusion
of labs in introductory CS courses
My impression is that most of our introductory courses have a lab
Many of our upper-level courses have integrated labs.
Use of Labs in Higher Education
Lecture seems to remain the prevelant mode for many courses at
colleges and universities.
At ITiCSE conferences, most talks about college/university work assume
lecture as the classroom format.
Many talks at SIGCSE symposia involves use of lecture formats (e.g., how can
we enhance lecture).
Over the past decade, a lab experience has become common in CS1.
One or more early papers from LACS members highlighted labs in CS1.
I like to think the LACS-based papers had an influence.
created 20 July 2011|
last revised 22 July 2011