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HCC Teaching Concept in Summer Term 2020

News from Apr 16, 2020

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Teaching Concept

In the summer term 2020, the HCC team adapts the flipped classroom concept for all their courses. Lage et al. [2] proposed in 2000 the flipped classroom concept, motivated by understanding students as individuals with distinctly different learning styles. Quite seldomly, students have the opportunity to select a course by considering the teaching style of the instructor. At the same time, it is difficult for instructors to change their style to the individual needs of students flexibly. Furthermore, studies from psychology, sociology, and pedagogics have shown that students have different learning styles. Research has shown that the flipped classroom can lead to an increased learning performance of students. A meta-study has summarized the key benefits (Giannakos et al., 2014 [1]). Students appreciated to learn independently and the concept in general. Instructors noticed increased levels of engagement and more discussions. Students studied more cooperatively, and they developed better learning habits.

We want to benefit from these advantages. The Coronavirus Corvid-19 pandemics gives us the opportunity for this; this semester term, we invert the classroom. We provide activities that are usually carried out inside the classroom, now Online. 

We developed an individual teaching concept for each course in the summer term of 2020. We do not aim perfection in our teaching approaches, but we want our students to study successfully - even remotely. 

In the following, we describe the concept for each course that is provided by the HCC research group. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail or meet us in our consultation hour Prof. Dr. C. Müller-Birn (Thur 1 to 2 PM) or Alexa Schlegel (Mon 2 to 3 PM).

Course BSc./MSc. Human-Computer Interaction

General information to this course can be found on our website, all resources are provided on GitLab. The registration to this course and all communication is facilitated via Whiteboard. The course Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) consists of a lecture and an exercise/lab for which we organized the following systems for this online semester 2020.  

Concept of the Lecture

The lecture takes place asynchronously based on slides with an audio track mainly (selected lectures are with a video). At the beginning of each week, we provide the slides in two versions as the slides as PDF only and as video with an audio track. Please work through the lecture at your own pace thoroughly. We provide recommendations for additional readings for each lecture. On Thursday, during the time of the lecture, we will meet in our HCI-conference room on Webex to discuss your questions. All students registered in Whiteboard, get an invitation to the HCI-conference room. The lecture will provide the methodological foundations that can be applied and practiced in the lab.

Concept of the Exercise (Lab)

An exercise is a synchronous event, thus, we meet every Tuesday in our HCI-conference room on Webex. All students registered in Whiteboard will be invited for Webex and GitLab.

Students will work in groups on specific design projects. The final project results will be presented on 16.07 (live stream of demo videos of the prototypes). The final date for the project report (in the form of a blog post) will be 30.07. (subject to change). The exercise will consist of regular live sessions via FU Webex during the exercise time (Tuesday 16-18). This time is organized as workshop sessions: we will recap the results of the last exercise, work on projects and homework assignments. All assignments will contribute to the final project report. The exercise is organized on GitLab. All course material, course schedule per session, assignments instruction and submissions are done via GitLab. For Q&A we will use GitLab issues and we will provide consultation hours via Webex.

Software Project Coding Openness

General information for this course can be found on our website. For coordination and collaboration, we will use Github. For our regular meeting, we use a conference room in FU's Webex. All in Whiteboard registered students get an invitation automatically.

For the software project Coding Openness, we focus on supporting the open-source software development of the Corina-App. There exist different, partly conflicting approaches and our goal is to make these different approaches transparently available and to explain its functioning to not-technical experts and laypeople. Based on these explanations we want to improve the interpretability of the provided solution. Our progress will be tracked on Github.

Seminar Human-Centered Machine Learning

General information about the seminar can be found on our website. The seminar will consist of regular live sessions via FU Webex during the seminar time (Mondays 10-12) and regular homework assignments, which will contribute to your final seminar paper. The seminar presentations are done via short videos. The seminar is organized on GitLab. All course material, course schedule, assignments instruction, and submissions are done via GitLab. For Q&A we will use GitLab issues and we will provide consultation hours via Webex.

All students registered in Whiteboard will be invited for Webex and GitLab.

Course BSc. Non-sequential and distributed programming

General information to this course can be found on our website, all resources are provided on Whiteboard. The course consists of two lectures per week and one tutorial for which you have to sign up on Whiteboard. In the following, we describe our technical setup for the summer term 2020.   

Concept of the Lecture

The lecture takes place asynchronously based on slides with an audio track mainly (selected lectures are with a video). At the beginning of each week, we provide the slides in Whiteboard in two versions: version 1 are the slides only in a PDF and version 2 are the slides with an audio track. Please read the lecture at your own pace thoroughly. During the time of the lecture, you can ask your questions by using the Forum on Whiteboard. The lecture will provide methodological foundations. These foundations are practically discussed in the tutorial and applied in the exercise sheets.

Concept of the Tutorials

Tutorials are organized in a synchronous manner. Each tutorial has its own conference room on FU's Webex. All registered students get in the invitation for the corresponding tutorial. All assignments and resources are provided on Whiteboard

References

[1] Giannakos, Michail N., John Krogstie, and Nikos Chrisochoides. "Reviewing the flipped classroom research: reflections for computer science education." Proceedings of the computer science education research conference. 2014. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/2691352.2691354

[2] Lage, Maureen J., Glenn J. Platt, and Michael Treglia. "Inverting the classroom: A gateway to creating an inclusive learning environment." The Journal of Economic Education 31.1 (2000): 30-43.

Some further information also in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipped_classroom

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