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SIGCSE TS 2023
Wed 15 - Sat 18 March 2023 Toronto, Canada

This program is tentative and subject to change.

Thu 16 Mar 2023 11:35 - 12:00 at 801A - Upper-Division Course Design and Context Chair(s): Susan Fox

Several educational studies have argued for the contextualization of assignments, i.e., for providing a context or a story instead of an abstract or a symbolic problem statement. Such contextualization may have beneficial effects such as lower dropout rates and higher student engagement.

In the domain of database education, textbooks and educators typically provide an example database for context. This toy example is then used to introduce key concepts related to database design, and for students to execute queries against. However, it remains unstudied what kinds of database contexts are engaging for novices.

In this paper we study which aspects of database domain and complexity students find engaging, through analyzing student reflections on a database creation assignment. We identify six factors regarding engaging domains, and five factors regarding engaging complexity. The main factor for domain-related engagement was Personal interest, while the main factor for complexity engagement was Matching information requirements.

Our findings can be used by database educators and book authors to design engaging exercise databases targeted for novices.

This program is tentative and subject to change.

Thu 16 Mar

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10:45 - 12:00
Upper-Division Course Design and ContextPapers at 801A
Chair(s): Susan Fox Macalester College
10:45
25m
Paper
GILP: An Interactive Tool for Visualizing the Simplex AlgorithmIn-Person
Papers
Henry Robbins Cornell University, Samuel Gutekunst Bucknell University, David Shmoys Cornell University, David Williamson Cornell University
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11:10
25m
Paper
Measuring the Impact of a Computational Linear Algebra Course on Students' Exam Performance in a Subsequent Numerical Methods CourseIn-PersonGlobal
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Hongxuan Chen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Matthew West University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , Sascha Hilgenfeldt University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mariana Silva University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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11:35
25m
Paper
Students’ Perceptions on Engaging Database Domains and StructuresIn-PersonGlobal
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Daphne Miedema Eindhoven University of Technology, Toni Taipalus University of Jyväskylä, Efthimia Aivaloglou University of Leiden
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