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An Analysis of User Engagement in Relation to Computing Workshop Activities

An Analysis of User Engagement in Relation to Computing Workshop Activities

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGCSE '15
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages469-474
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450329668
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StatePublished - 24 Feb 2015
Event46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - Kansas City, United States

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Conference46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Abbreviated titleSIGCSE 2015
CountryUnited States
CityKansas City
Period4/03/157/03/15
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Abstract

Computing is now one of the fastest growing fields of employment, with a large bias placed on developing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in schools. However, due to the fast pace of technology development, it is increasingly difficult for schools to keep up with the latest computing methodologies. A possible solution is the use of university outreach programmes, whereby local universities can provide training workshops on areas that can be challenging for schools to implement. This can be problematic, as there is a perceived lack of interest in the methods used to interact with secondary school pupils on a university level.

This paper introduces a week long 'Easter Computing School', comprising of five workshop sessions on different topics. These sessions were analysed in terms of user engagement, to better understand aspects that are important to secondary school pupils. It was found that a combination of theory and interactive workshop sessions can provide the highest levels of engagement and their use is encouraged in future workshop design.

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