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Sat 23 Mar 2024 14:10 - 14:35 at Meeting Rooms B117-119 - Pedagogy - Projects and Capstone Chair(s): Dianna Xu

Group or team projects are an essential component of the software engineering curriculum. Earlier studies have explored how prior programming experience influences students’ team project performance and overall class performance in software engineering. However, few studies address the impact of prior programming experience on students’ contributions to team projects. Previous work has varied in its definitions of prior programming experience or skill, leading to inconsistent findings. In this study, we collected pre-class GitHub contribution metrics from 237 students (forming 79 teams of three) across two academic years to measure their prior programming experience and skills. We also mined students’ project repositories’ git logs to collect individual student contributions. A central question revolved around whether students with more substantial prior programming experience were indeed more active contributors to their project teams. Interestingly, our data indicated a positive correlation between prior programming experience and contributions to team projects. We further delved into team dynamics. Specifically, we questioned if teams made up of members with comparable skill levels exhibited a more even distribution of contributions. Contrary to expectations, our findings revealed no association between these two variables. Moreover, we investigated the team configurations that might encourage the rise of ``free riders"—students who contributed only minimally. This paper seeks to augment the body of research on computing education and assist educators in understanding how prior programming experience impacts students’ contributions in team projects.

Sat 23 Mar

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13:45 - 15:00
Pedagogy - Projects and Capstone Papers at Meeting Rooms B117-119
Chair(s): Dianna Xu Bryn Mawr College
13:45
25m
Talk
An Experience Report: Integrating Oral Communication and Public Speaking Training in a CS Capstone CourseMSI
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Shirin Haji Amin Shirazi University of California, Riverside, Mariam Salloum Univeristy of California Riverside, Annika Speer University of California, Riverside, Neftali Watkinson University of California, Riverside
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14:10
25m
Talk
How Pre-class Programming Experience Influences Students’ Contribution to Their Team Project: A Statistical Study
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Jialin Cui North Carolina State University, Runqiu Zhang University of Virginia, Ruochi Li North Carolina State University, Fangtong Zhou North Carolina State University, Yang Song University of North Carolina Wilmington, Edward Gehringer North Carolina State University
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14:35
25m
Talk
Pairing Ungrading with Project-Based Learning in CS1 for Inherently Flexible Course Design
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Gillian Smith Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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