Competitive and Collaborative Approach Towards a More Effective Education in Computer Science

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Competitive and Collaborative Approach Towards a More Effective Education in Computer Science


Tomas Cerny and Bozena Mannova

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Abstract To provide a computer scientists with good materials and interesting topics in a class does not mean that their education is of a high quality, students need to be motivated and evolve skills needed in a real-life employment. Social skills, communication, team work, collaboration and competition are valuable aspects they should know in other to be professionals in their future career. In this paper we look into experiences in competitive and collaborative learning in education and programming olympiads to improve a quality of education in our course. We provide criteria we applied for our course and present a student evaluation on the approach. Our approach showed increased motivation in students’ interest in the course. In addition students could handle a larger workload in the class as they were motivated to be better compare to others.