Increasing adoption of smart learning content for computer science education

Peter Brusilovsky, Stephen Edwards, Amruth Kumar, Lauri Malmi, Luciana Benotti, Duane Buck, Petri Ihantola, Rikki Prince, Teemu Sirkiä, Sergey Sosnovsky, Jaime Urquiza, Arto Vihavainen, Michael Wollowski

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    Abstract

    Computer science educators are increasingly using interactive learning content to enrich and enhance the pedagogy of their courses. A plethora of such learning content, specifically designed for computer science education, such as visualization, simulation, and web-based environments for learning programming, are now available for various courses. We call such content smart learning content. However, such learning content is seldom used outside its host site despite the benefits it could offer to learners everywhere. In this paper, we investigate the factors that impede dissemination of such content among the wider computer science education community. To accomplish this we surveyed educators, existing tools and recent research literature to identify the current state of the art and analyzed the characteristics of a large number of smart learning content examples along canonical dimensions. In our analysis we focused on examining the technical issues that must be resolved to support finding, integrating and customizing smart learning content in computer science courses. Finally, we propose a new ar- chitecture for hosting, integrating and disseminating smart learning content and discuss how it could be implemented based on existing protocols and standards.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationITiCSE-WGR 2014 - Working Group Reports of the 2014 Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Conference
    PublisherACM
    Pages31-57
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Print)9781450334068
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2014
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Uppsala, Sweden
    Duration: 23 Jun 201425 Jun 2014
    Conference number: 19

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
    Abbreviated titleITiCSE
    CountrySweden
    CityUppsala
    Period23/06/201425/06/2014

    Keywords

    • Classroom management
    • Computer science education
    • Dissemination
    • Educational research
    • Educational tools
    • Intelligent tutoring systems
    • Smart learning content
    • Teaching with technology
    • Technology adoption
    • Technology integration

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    Brusilovsky, P., Edwards, S., Kumar, A., Malmi, L., Benotti, L., Buck, D., Ihantola, P., Prince, R., Sirkiä, T., Sosnovsky, S., Urquiza, J., Vihavainen, A., & Wollowski, M. (2014). Increasing adoption of smart learning content for computer science education. In ITiCSE-WGR 2014 - Working Group Reports of the 2014 Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Conference (pp. 31-57). ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2713609.2713611