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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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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.

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

Conference Name 24th Innovation and technology in computer science education annual conference 2019 (ITiCSE 2019)
Conference Location Aberdeen, UK
Start Date Jul 15, 2019
End Date Jul 17, 2019
Acceptance Date Mar 11, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 2, 2019
Publication Date Jul 2, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 27, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 27, 2019
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Pages 249-250
ISBN 9781450368957
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3304221.3325548
Keywords Interpersonal skills; Teamwork; Problem solving; Induction; Communities of practice; Robots
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/329633

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