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1.1.1: Strategies for Learning

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    Learning Objectives

    • Recognize appropriate study strategies in particular situations.

    Concepts in Computing is an online course, where the content will be presented in the form of both text and activities.

    While you will have more flexibility than in a traditional course, you will also have more responsibility for your own learning. You will need to:

    • Plan how to work through each unit.

    • Determine how to use the various features of the course to help you learn.

    • Decide when you need to seek additional support.

    What You Need to Know About Each Unit and Its Features

    Each unit in this course contains multiple modules. Each module has features designed to support you as an independent learner, including:

    • Learning Objectives: These are descriptions of what you should be able to do at the end of a section. A Learning Objective will allow you to direct your learning efforts and enable you to monitor your progress as you explore the content and engage in the activities.

    • Explanatory Content:

      This is the informational “meat” of every chapter. Consisting of short passages of text with information, examples, images and explanations, this explanatory content contains pieces such as:

      • Vignettes: The stories about situations people might encounter, and frame the content of a section in a "real-life" scenario.

      • Many Students Wonder sidebars: These sidebars serve two purposes: (1) to give a quick review of concepts, such as "highly specialized input devices," that are used in the Concepts of Computing material and (2) to provide additional material or background information that you may find surprising and interesting but that is not going to be assessed in the Quiz.

    • Learning Activities:

      There are different types of activities interspersed throughout the course. They include:

      • Learn By Doing activities: Learn By Doing activities follow the short explanations and examples. These activities give you the chance to investigate and practice key ideas. Learn By Doing activities have hints and feedback to guide you if you need it.

      • Did I Get This? activities: Did I Get This? activities are your chance to do a quick "self-check". These activities do not have hints, and often follow a Learn by Doing activity so that you can determine if you understand the key ideas. This will help you make sure you are ready for graded activities.

      • Quizzes: These are short assignments that are graded. There is a Quiz at the end of each Module and at the end of the Unit. The Quiz will show you and your instructor how well you understand the key concepts. If you read the information and do the activities in each Module, you should be ready for the Unit Quiz.

    • How to Seek Additional Support:

      This section discusses various strategies of finding additional support.

      • Use search engines for videos or text.

      • Use fellow students for support.

      • Ask your instructor

      • Contact tutoring center.

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