Enhancing student engagement through cloud computing coursework: challenges and opportunities in the time of COVID-19

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced universities world-wide to adjust to an online delivery model resulting in many unforeseen challenges for module delivery and student engagement. The Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Cloud Platform Development (CPD) final year undergraduate module requires hands-on lab work and coursework, and thus call for more deliberation and interventions to maintain student engagement. The module teaching material created at GCU is also taught at the African Leadership College (ALC), Mauritius using a flipped classroom model. However, for the current academic year, the ALC campus was closed, with the enrolled students spread over many countries and time zones in Africa, resulting in a compounding of the challenges for maintaining student engagement. In this study we describe the approaches and techniques employed at increasing the students’ engagement for the CPD coursework.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSERC '21: Proceedings of the 10th Computer Science Education Research Conference
EditorsDave Stikkolorum, Ebrahim Rahimi
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages110-112
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450385763
ISBN (Print)9781450385763
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2021
Event10th Computer Science Education Research Conference - Virtual conference due to pandemic
Duration: 22 Nov 202123 Nov 2021

Conference

Conference10th Computer Science Education Research Conference
Abbreviated titleCSERC 2021
Period22/11/2123/11/21

Keywords

  • artificial intelligence
  • online teaching
  • personal protective equipment
  • distance learning
  • Amazon web services (AWS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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