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Thu 21 Mar 2024 16:35 - 17:00 at Meeting Room D136 - Communication & Help in Large Courses Chair(s): Sara Hooshangi

In computing courses, instructor involvement and social comfort are vital for resilience and belonging. We examine engagement with instructor emails aimed at strengthening the connection with students. We sent weekly emails from instructors to first- and upper-year computing students. These emails included reminders for the assignments due each week. Half of the students received reminders embedded in an informal message that contained approachable wording and relevant current course events, while the rest received a list of precise deadlines. This text had no emotional engagement from the instructor. We collected and analyzed email access and link click-rates, along with student survey responses about email preferences and engagement. We found that first-year students had lower email access and link click rates than upper-year students. While we did not find differences in first-year engagement based on the type of email, upper-year students appeared to be more engaged when receiving the intentionally informal version of the email. Understanding the message preferences of computing students can enhance instructor messaging and improve engagement. Strategies should be explored to boost first-year student engagement, while the higher engagement among upper-year students underscores the importance of instructor support in advanced courses.

Thu 21 Mar

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15:45 - 17:00
Communication & Help in Large CoursesPapers at Meeting Room D136
Chair(s): Sara Hooshangi Virginia Tech
15:45
25m
Talk
HelpMe: Student Help Seeking using Office Hours and Email
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Kevin Shukang Wang The University of British Columbia, Ramon Lawrence The University of British Columbia
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16:10
25m
Talk
Experience Report: Meet the Professor - A Large-Course Intervention for Increasing Rapport
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William Griswold UC San Diego
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16:35
25m
Talk
Student Interaction with Instructor Emails in Introductory and Upper-Year Computing CoursesGlobal
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Angela Zavaleta Bernuy University of Toronto, Runlong Ye University of Toronto, Naaz Sibia University of Toronto Mississauga, Rohita Nalluri University of Toronto Scarborough, Joseph Jay Williams University of Toronto, Andrew Petersen University of Toronto, Eric Smith University of Texas at Austin, Bogdan Simion University of Toronto Mississauga, Michael Liut University of Toronto Mississauga
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