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Paula Sanjuan EspejoFollow

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Authors' Class Standing

Paula Sanjuan Espejo, Sophomore

Lead Presenter's Name

Paula Sanjuan Espejo

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Lulu Sun

Abstract

Introduction to Computing for Engineers, EGR 115, has proven to be a challenging course for many students, especially if it is their first contact with programming languages. The purpose of Second Language Acquisition applied to a Blended Learning environment (SLA-aBLe) is to make the process of learning MATLAB in hybrid courses more intuitive. The hybrid course material aims to enhance students’ understanding of the logic orientated concepts by integrating Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theory into programming language study. For this purpose, four topics were redesigned to include narrated PowerPoint slides, online quizzes, online discussion board, and think-pair-share lab exercises. Utilizing students’ feedback and data analysis, the research team is going to further improve course materials for subsequent terms. Based on the principles of SLA theory, the effectiveness of past applications and the improvements will be illustrated and future work will be discussed.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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An Innovative Approach: Teaching Programming Languages Using A Second Language Acquisition Theory

Introduction to Computing for Engineers, EGR 115, has proven to be a challenging course for many students, especially if it is their first contact with programming languages. The purpose of Second Language Acquisition applied to a Blended Learning environment (SLA-aBLe) is to make the process of learning MATLAB in hybrid courses more intuitive. The hybrid course material aims to enhance students’ understanding of the logic orientated concepts by integrating Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theory into programming language study. For this purpose, four topics were redesigned to include narrated PowerPoint slides, online quizzes, online discussion board, and think-pair-share lab exercises. Utilizing students’ feedback and data analysis, the research team is going to further improve course materials for subsequent terms. Based on the principles of SLA theory, the effectiveness of past applications and the improvements will be illustrated and future work will be discussed.

 

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