Groups in the Multi-Modal Classroom
Introduction and Settings
Setting of CS 421 (Programming Languages)
Design decisions we made
What we will try next time
CS 421, Programming Languages, Spring 2020 to Spring 2021
Online pre-class video (flipped classroom),
activities “in class”
Enrollment was usually over 300
Multiple time zones
Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning
Teams of four students; each gets a role
develop process skill such as critical thinking and teamwork
students construct their own knowledge
First semester: attendance was required
5% of the grade
Students could be excused for timezone or lousy internet
Eventually canceled attendance policy
Zoom breakout rooms
Zoom under Linux does not work well!
Random at first
Student formed groups later
Used ongoing SIIP project for student group work.
Once we canceled required attendance, it dropped to 5-10%.
Students actually blamed me on my ICES scores for them forgetting about the class.
Next time: will require attendance again, with excuses allowed.
I am starting to use
Roles were still possible; used a 20-sided dice to select the group that got to report
Next time: Group formation with
Need to think carefully how to handle missing students