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Title:Identifying Important and Difficult Concepts in Introductory Computing Courses using a Delphi Process
Author(s):Goldman, Ken; Gross, Paul; Heeren, Cinda; Herman, Geoffrey L.; Kaczmarczyk, Lisa; Loui, Michael C.; Zilles, Craig
Subject(s):computer science
Abstract:A Delphi process is a structured multi-step process that uses a group of experts to achieve a consensus opinion. We present the results of three Delphi processes to identify topics that are important and difficult in each of three introductory computing subjects: discrete math, programming fundamentals, and logic design. The topic rankings can be used to guide both the coverage of student learning assessments (i.e., concept inventories) and can be used by instructors to identify what topics merit emphasis.
Issue Date:2007-11
Genre:Technical Report
Other Identifier(s):UIUCDCS-R-2007-2917
Rights Information:You are granted permission for the non-commercial reproduction, distribution, display, and performance of this technical report in any format, BUT this permission is only for a period of 45 (forty-five) days from the most recent time that you verified that this technical report is still available from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science Department under terms that include this permission. All other rights are reserved by the author(s).
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-22

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