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Laughter over dread: early collaborative problem solving through an extended induction using robots.

Zarb, Mark; Scott, Michael

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Mark Zarb

Michael Scott



Abstract

Software development companies want new hires with strong interpersonal and problem solving skills. To ensure the development of such skills, they must be embedded throughout the curriculum. However, many students struggle to collaborate with peers and in self-regulated practice during the early stages of their course. Explicit scaffolding can, however, motivate such engagement. This tips and techniques session shows how an ice-breaker using LEGO EV3 robots at two UK institutions enhanced peer interaction and increased self-regulated practice over the first four weeks of 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Start Date Jul 15, 2019
Publication Date Jul 2, 2019
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
ISBN 9781450368957
Institution Citation ZARB, M. and SCOTT, M. 2019. Laughter over dread: early collaborative problem solving through an extended induction using robots. In Proceedings of the 24th Innovation and technology in computer science education annual conference 2019 (ITiCSE 2019), 15-17 July 2019, Aberdeen, UK. New York: ACM Press [online], pages 249-250. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/3304221.3325548
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3304221.3325548
Keywords Interpersonal skills; Teamwork; Problem solving; Induction; Communities of practice; Robots

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