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Issue No.04 - April (2010 vol.43)
pp: 20-28
Nickolas Falkner , University of Adelaide
Raja Sooriamurthi , Carnegie Mellon University
Zbigniew Michalewicz , University of Adelaide
To attract, motivate, and retain students and increase their mathematical awareness and problem-solving skills, universities are introducing courses or seminars that explore puzzle-based learning. We introduce and define this learning approach with a sample syllabus and course material, describe course variations, and highlight early student feedback.
Puzzle-based learning, Engineering and computer science
Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz, "Puzzle-Based Learning for Engineering and Computer Science", Computer, vol.43, no. 4, pp. 20-28, April 2010, doi:10.1109/MC.2010.113
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