Under Pressure: How to do More and Better with Less by Using Google Docs at Third Level

Dr Chris Meudec

IT Carlow

Computing and Networking Dept.

May 2014

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Under Pressure etc. : Background

  • Teaching Software Development: fastest changing practical technology
  • Contact time increase
  • Student numbers increase

How to do More with Less?

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Under Pressure etc. : Previously

  • Personal website with powerpoints
  • Mixture of Lectures and Practicals

  • But:
    • Inefficient updating of teaching material
    • Poor students practical skills
    • Poor students participation

How to do Better with Less?

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Under Pressure etc. : New Setup

  • Entirely Computer Lab Based:
    • 46 students
    • No Lectures
    • More Self-learning
    • Practicals

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Under Pressure etc. : New Setup

  • Google Doc
    • Cloud based office tool, so: anything, anywhere, anytime
    • Correcting and Enhancing the Material on the fly
    • Easy, quick Quizzes and Outcomes discussion
    • Group Work A, B, C ...

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Under Pressure etc. : New Setup

  • Commenting Google Doc
    • Student comments on everything, anonymously or not, while in class or at home:
  • increases participation
  • historical record of discussion

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Under Pressure etc. : Issues

  • Over-reliance on Google
  • 50 max editors
  • Last year’s comments:
    • delete?
    • update course?
    • keep?
  • Effect of new approach not quantified

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Under Pressure etc. : Conclusions

  • Better for me
  • Better for the students

  • The entire course is online
    • please visit and comment!

  • Try the approach for yourself …

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Under Pressure: How to do More and Better with Less by Using Google Docs at Third Level

Dr Chris Meudec

IT Carlow

Computing and Networking Dept.

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