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Get Rid of Your Student’s Fear and Intimidation of learning a Programming Language

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2017 FYEE Conference

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Daytona Beach, Florida

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August 6, 2017

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August 6, 2017

End Date

August 8, 2017

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4

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https://peer.asee.org/29415

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Christina Frederick Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Daytona Beach Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4637-7842

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Dr. Frederick is currently a Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Human Factors and Systems Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dr. Frederick received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Rochester with a major in Psychological Development. She previously taught at the University of Rochester, Southern Utah University and the University of Central Florida. In 2000, Dr. Frederick joined the Human Factors and Systems Department at Embry-Riddle, where her work focused on applied motivation and human factors issues in aviation/aerospace. Dr. Frederick also served in various roles in University administration between 2004-2012, including Vice President for Academics and Research. Dr. Frederick’s current research interests examine how individual differences interact with technology to enhance educational engagement and performance. Dr. Frederick is the author of more than 50 research publications, 4 book chapters and over 60 regional, national and international conference presentations on a wide range of topics in human factors and psychology. She is active in a number of professional associations, and is a Consultant for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.

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Matthew Pierce Embry-Riddle Human Factors and Systems

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Andrew Calvin Griggs Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Lulu Sun Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Daytona Beach

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Lulu Sun is an associate professor in the Engineering Fundamentals Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she has taught since 2006. She received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Harbin Engineering University (China), in 1999, and her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Riverside, in 2006. Before joining Embry-riddle, she worked in the consulting firm of Arup at Los Angeles office as a fire engineer. Her research interests include second language acquisition in programming languages, flipped classroom, and virtual training. She is a professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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Li Ding Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Li Ding is a visiting professor of the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she has been since 2012. She received her Ph.D in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. She taught several undergraduate courses in engineering and in science, and she currently teach Introductory to Programming for Engineers. From a background of an engineer, she is transitioning into an educator, and has been working with other principle researchers on education studies since 2015.

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Abstract

Are your students afraid of taking programming language courses? Are they intimidated by the syntax, keywords, punctuations that you cover in the class? Have you thought about making a change? Have you thought about your first or second language learning experience and if you can apply it to facilitate programming language study? Do you want to learn how to effectively design a programming language course in a blended learning environment? In this workshop, we want to share our experience with you. We will show you how to apply second language acquisition to facilitate a blended learning of programming language based on our NSF funded project findings, our own second language experience, and blended learning design experience. Using this approach will place greater emphasis on problem solving techniques utilized in all courses. Participants will be engaged in proven strategies and techniques through active discussion, collaboration, and sharing of experiences. Discussion topics will range from programming language study and teaching experience, student perception and feedback, online course design and techniques. Collaboration will be conducted by allowing participants to work on different levels of programming problems and experiencing our project design. We will show the website, PowerPoint, videos, quizzes, surveys, and programming problems developed for this project. Each workshop participant will receive a project flyer and a flash drive, which includes our project materials. This workshop is being offered as a NSF project of Research Initiation Grants in Engineering Education under the division of Division of Engineering Education and Centers.

Frederick, C., & Pierce, M., & Griggs, A. C., & Sun, L., & Ding, L. (2017, August), Get Rid of Your Student’s Fear and Intimidation of learning a Programming Language Paper presented at 2017 FYEE Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/29415

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