Demonstrating an Interactive Lecture Using Notes with Gaps

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Keeping the students in a computer science class, or any class, involved throughout the course of a lecture is a difficult challenge. I have found a method particularly useful in which I hand out notes to my students before the beginning of class. The notes have gaps in them that are filled in during the lecture with material that I provide or that I elicit from my students. I am currently testing this method in the classroom to see whether students do indeed learn more when taught using this method than when taught using other methods of lecturing, and whether they maintain their interest more when taught using this method than when taught using other methods of lecturing.

I use the gaps to elicit answers from students about information covered previously in the course so as to serve as an instant review, or to encourage students to get a quick understanding of some new points, to carry out a quick calculation, or to think about solutions of more difficult problems.

I will demonstrate my method during this presentation, pointing out how differences in subject matter and audience call for differences in approach.


Keywords: Interactive Lecture, Notes With Gaps, Guided Notes
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Tom M. Warms

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Abington College, Pennsylvania State University

Abington, PA, USA

I hold a B.S. in mathematics from MIT and a Ph.D. in linguistics and logic from the University of Pennsylvania. I have many years of teaching experience in a variety of fields--mathematics, computer science, philosophy, computational linguistics, information sciences and technology. My most recent publications are in computer science pedagogy.

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