Share Paper: Challenges of student attendance in student-directed learning: a case study

  1. David Whittinghill, Purdue University, United States
  2. Brantly McCord, Purdue University, United States
  3. Ronald Erdei, University of South Carolina Beaufort, United States
Wednesday, November 6 4:15-4:35 PM Bacchus

Abstract: This paper considers historical patterns of attendance in an undergraduate video game development course sequence. The course in question is divided into two types of lessons: 1) a set of rote, pre-defined individual exercises, followed by 2) an open-ended, student-directed, group-based game development project, with the rote instruction occurring early in the semester and the student-directed work occurring after the midterm exam. While attendance rates went up after the midterm, the rate of tardiness also went up – dramatically. This observed trend ran counter to the instructors' expectations as it was assumed the early lessons that required greater instructor-to-student transmission ...