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Daytona Beach


Engineering Fundamentals

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Conference Proceeding

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Knowledge of computer programming is very beneficial and often required for engineering students. Unfortunately, students frequently experience fear and intimidation regarding introductory programming courses. Second language acquisition (SLA) techniques have shown promise as a means of content delivery in programming courses. Blended learning environments are also becoming increasingly popular in course frameworks. This workshop will discuss the application of second language acquisition in a blended learning environment (SLA-aBLe) and will examine the effectiveness of using SLA techniques to teach introductory programming. The proposed workshop will also share instructor experience(s), provide course materials, and review student outcomes from this two year study. Workshop participant involvement is encouraged through interactive elements of the presentation such as live polling, discussion, and a question and answer forum.


Daytona Beach, FL

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Frederick, C., Pierce, M., Griggs, A., Sun, L., Ding, L. “Get Rid of Your Student's Fear and Intimidation of learning a Programming Language”, the 9th First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference, Daytona Beach, FL, August 6-8, 2017.