Registration Now Open Atlanta, GA September 20-23, 2017

2017 Tapia Conference

Using Learning and Engagement Strategies in Software Engineering and Programming Courses (LESSEP17-3)

Friday, September 22, 2017 — 3:30PM - 5:00PM



The Using Learning and Engagement Strategies in Software Engineering and Programming Courses (LESSEP) workshop introduces participants to various online learning and engagement strategies (OLESs) and how these strategies are used in SEP-CyLE (Software Engineering and Programming Cyberlearning Environment). These OLESs include collaborative learning, gamification, problem-based learning and social interaction.

Students pursuing STEM degrees, including CS/IT degrees, face several barriers towards the completion of their degrees including: (1) low passing rates in gateway courses, (2) lack of preparation for courses throughout the degree programs, and (3) a lack of student engagement, particularly when using online environments. Each of these barriers can be overcome through the use of online learning and engagement strategies (OLESs) as we present in this workshop.

The focus of the workshop will be to introduce participants to (1) using SEP-CyLE in the classroom, (2) using various combinations of OLESs in the classroom to improve student learning, and (3) forming a community of instructors that contribute to the use and development of digital learning objects (DLOs). At the end of the workshop participants should: (1) be able to use SEP-CyLE in their classes, e.g., setting up courses, accessing student reports, and assigning DLOs; (2) have an increased knowledge of OLESs and how they can be used to improve student learning; and (3) be able to create and review DLOs in SEP-CyLE.

Workshop Organizers:
Peter J. Clarke, Florida International University
Debra L. Davis, Florida International University
James Kiper, Miami University
Edward Jones, Florida A&M University