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Experiences Using a Cyber Learning Environment in CS1 Classrooms

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Technical Session 7: Online and Distributed Learning

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Computers in Education

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13

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https://peer.asee.org/32791

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Otto Borchert Missouri Southern State University

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Dr. Borchert received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Dakota State University in 2015 and has been teaching introductory computer science courses for four years (at Gonzaga, North Dakota State University, and Missouri Southern State University). His research interests include immersive virtual environments for education, mobile app development, and STEM education through technology. He is currently an assistant professor in the Computer Information Science department at Missouri Southern State University.

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Abigail Byram Virginia Commonwealth University

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Abigail Byram is an undergraduate senior at VCU interested in improving Computer Science education, especially for underrepresented groups.

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Debra Mardell Duke Virginia Commonwealth University

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Debra Duke is an Instructor and the Undergraduate Director in the Computer Science Department of the College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. Debra received her Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. She worked as a Software Developer at mDimension Technology making use of her experience in several programming languages, database design and development, software engineering, and web application development.
She began teaching computer science at Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia in 2009 and moved to VCU in August 2016.
Debra has served on the advisory board for Lighthouse for Computer Science (LH4CS). The goal of the Lighthouse project is to improve computer science diversity through faculty professional development. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Council for the Deep Run High School’s Center for Information Technology in Glen Allen, Virginia, where she provides program support and assists in curriculum development for their technology-based preparatory program for future computer scientists.

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Alex David Radermacher North Dakota State University

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Alex Radermacher is a lecturer at North Dakota State University. He teaches introductory programming courses as well as upper-level software engineering courses including the department's Senior Capstone Design course. His research interests include student learning, software testing, and software development processes.

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Mourya Reddy Narasareddygari North Dakota State University

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Mourya Reddy is a Phd Candidate in Software Engineering at North Dakota State University. Her present research work is related to Computer Science and Software Engineering education. Her research is focused on experiences at using a wide array of learning engagement strategies (e.g., Gamification, Social Interaction …) in the context of a Cyber learning platform.

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Gursimran Singh Walia North Dakota State University

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Gursimran S. Walia is an associate professor of Computer Science at North Dakota State University. His main research interests include empirical software engineering, software engineering education, human factors in software engineering, and software quality. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society. Contact him at gursimran.walia@ndsu.edu

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Abstract

The Software Engineering and Programming Cyber Learning Environment (SEP-CyLE) is a web-based platform to supplement standard course materials in CS1, CS2, software engineering, and software testing courses. In SEP-CyLE, students complete learning objects (LOs) and tutorials that cover topics which are not always discussed directly in lecture or in labs. SEP-CyLE also includes a series of learning and engagement strategies to encourage and instruct students. This experience report provides a brief background on the platform as well as information on how SEP-CyLE can be used by students and faculty. The paper continues by relaying specific successes and failures of using SEP-CyLE in CS1 courses at two separate research universities. The paper concludes with a discussion of the process for developing new learning objects for SEP-CyLE and their use in CS1 courses with an eye towards future modules and work to be done.

Borchert, O., & Byram, A., & Duke, D. M., & Radermacher, A. D., & Narasareddygari, M. R., & Walia, G. S. (2019, June), Experiences Using a Cyber Learning Environment in CS1 Classrooms Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32791

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