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Expertiza: Students Helping to Write an OOD Text

Expertiza: Students Helping to Write an OOD Text

Students in a masters-level object-oriented design class participated in several exercises related to improving a not-yet-published textbook in object-oriented design. Each student was asked, sometime during the semester, to improve an explanation from the book, to make up an example of a concept described in the book, and to create an exercise for a chapter in the book. Their contributions were peer-reviewed by other members of the class. A strong majority of the students (29 of 49) indicated that they learned a lot from doing the assignments, and 27 of 49 of them agreed or strongly agreed that the assignments were "enjoyable"--a good measure of their engagement. The textbook author found the feedback very helpful in revising the textbook.

Edward Gehringer, North Carolina State University
Luke Ehresman, North Carolina State University
Dale Skrien, Colby College

 
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