Perspectives on the Student Transition into CS1

Siegel, Angela A.; Zarb, Mark; Glassey, Richard and Hughes, Janet (2019). Perspectives on the Student Transition into CS1. In: Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - ITiCSE '19, pp. 168–169.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3304221.3325540

Abstract

As students transition into higher education, their experience can be quite new and foreign to them. This experience, while an individual one, consists of many concerns that are shared amongst these transitioning students. Partly as a result of these concerns, retention rates of first year Computer Science students suffer. Members of this panel have been involved in multi-year studies across Scotland as well as an international study looking at the student experience as they transition into undergraduate Computer Science. This panel hopes to discuss the transition into CS1 and implications for Computer Science retention rates from varied international perspectives as well as through the lens of online learning. It further hopes to discuss new ways that we might be able to better support first year CS student retention in light of collected transition data, as well as the current state of any implemented recommendations in previous work (you may want to rephrase this).

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