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Alternative Learning Methods To The Traditional Lecture Approach In The Computer And Information Sciences Disciplines

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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ASEE Multimedia Session

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8.175.1 - 8.175.10



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Nancy Gautier

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Session 2793

Alternative Learning Methods to the Traditional Lecture Approach in the Computer and Information Sciences Disciplines

Nancy K. Gautier

University of South Alabama


This paper will present various alternative learning approaches that have been used to supplement the standard lecture approach to the teaching of new concepts in the Computer and Information Sciences disciplines. One approach includes students as acting participants in the delivery of the new concept. Another approach includes “hands-on” learning of the new theory. A third approach incorporates visual learning concepts. Even students who can easily comprehend new material benefit from visual tools that affirm and increase the depth of their understanding of concepts presented. A final approach uses guest speakers from industry whose career reflects the subject matter of the course. The speakers can provide information, give advice, and answer questions about career related topics; thereby, enriching students’ perspectives on various career paths. The guest speaker often reinforces material that has been presented or challenging assignments that have been assigned by the professor.

Computer and Information Science courses which have been taught using these approaches include: Introductory Computer Science, Programming courses, Information Management, Systems Analysis and Design, and Simulation and Modeling. This paper will provide specific examples of the alternative learning approaches used in those courses. Assessment of the students’ knowledge gained through the alternative delivery of course material will also be discussed. Some assessments have been given during the actual delivery to increase the students’ attention; thereby, increasing their retention of the new material. Other assessments have been done through a follow up question and answer session, an immediate quiz, a written summary, or as test questions.

In summary, this paper will present alternative learning methods to the traditional lecture approach in Computer and Information Science courses and provide specific assessments used during or following their delivery. This provides feedback to the professor on the success of the student’s retention and comprehension of the material.

I. Introduction

Alternative learning methods to the traditional lecture approach have been used to teach

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Gautier, N. (2003, June), Alternative Learning Methods To The Traditional Lecture Approach In The Computer And Information Sciences Disciplines Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12075

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