A Terrific and Dismal View of What Influences CS Faculty to Adopt Teaching Practices

Mark Guzdial, Sept 30, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to the study summarized here (but paywalled, so we can't evaluate it for ourselves), the major variable determining whether computer science teachers use a new pedagogical too is "whether students liked it." As one teacher comments (language warning) "You can do something that you think, ‘Wow! If the learning experience was way better this term, the experiment really worked.’ And then you read your teaching reviews, and it’s like the students are pissed off because you did not do what they expected."

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