Tinkering in Informatics as Teaching Method

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Our university offers an IT-based design programme, with an engineering background in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Its focus on design and creativity, as well as the diversity of the students, requires an approach in informatics courses different from classical computer science programmes. While tinkering is an increasingly popular approach in STEM stimulation and education outside university, we argue that also in an academic setting a tinkering mindset has a relevant contribution. In this paper, we identify key elements in setting up tinkering sessions and report on their implementation for a course on algorithms. We will present and discuss results and observations of our teaching method, that are promising to continue and extend the tinkering approach in an academic setting
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2020
Event12th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2020 - Online
Duration: 2 May 20204 May 2020
Conference number: 12


Conference12th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2020
Abbreviated titleCSEDU
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  • Tinkering
  • Programming education
  • Teaching methods


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