Evaluating the Efficacy of Peer-Created Worked-Example Videos in a Computer Systems Course

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Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, Volume 39, Issue 8
author = {Kim, Grace and Green, Dylan and Matthews, Suzanne J.},
title = {Evaluating the Efficacy of Peer-Created Worked-Example Videos in a Computer Systems Course},
year = {2024},
issue_date = {April 2024},
publisher = {Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges},
address = {Evansville, IN, USA},
volume = {39},
number = {8},
issn = {1937-4771},
abstract = {Worked examples are an educational tool widely used in introductory computer science classes, primarily for programming and code-tracing concepts. Prior research supports the use of worked examples as a scaffolding mechanism to help students build a solid foundation before tackling problems on their own. Whether breaking down the intricacies of code or explaining abstract theoretical concepts, worked examples offer a structured approach that nurtures a deeper understanding during self-study. This study explores how peer-created worked examples, shown through detailed step-by-step videos, aid student learning in an intermediate-level computer science course, namely computer systems.Our results suggest that worked-example videos are a useful study aid for intermediate computer science courses, such as computer systems. Students who watched the worked-example videos found them to be very helpful, and ranked them as the top study aid for succeeding on quizzes. Additionally, students with access to worked-example videos performed moderately better on quizzes compared to students without worked-example videos. Our results and experiences also suggest that worked-example videos are beneficial to the students who created them as well as their peers who use them.},
journal = {Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges},
month = {May},
pages = {83–97},
numpages = {15}