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Date 16-2-2012
Time 10:30
Room/Location Sala conferenze (terzo piano)
Title Extreme Apprenticeship, a new way of teaching CS?
Speaker Prof. Gabriella Dodero
Affiliation Libera Universita' di Bolzano
Link https://www.disi.unige.it/index.php?eventsandseminars/seminars
Abstract Extreme Apprenticeship (XA) is a new methodology for teaching Computer Science, recently developed and being actively practised at the University of Helsinki. Papers about XA have been published, stressing the improvements over traditional lecture-based format of teaching, which can be gained with XA when teaching introductory programming courses. The XA methodology is based on Cognitive Apprenticeship, that is, a task is learned by apprentices looking at the master who is performing it, and then repeating a task under masterīs guidance. The seminar shall illustrate the basic principles and the main practices which have been adopted so far at the Universities of Helsinki and Bolzano, within introductory programming courses, and within Operating Systems lab respectively. Organizational practices at both universities, including considerations on costs and scalability to hundreds of students, and possible support obtainable from learning management systems, shall be illustrated. A blended implementation of XA shall also be presented, which has shown a new and promising direction for extending the applicability of XA, to situations where the interactions between apprentices and master cannot always take place in presence.
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