A new learning paradigm: competition supported by technology
Pros of competitive learning
- contest can be enjoyable and increase motivation in the learning activity
- copied assignments are reduces as students avoid sharing solved assignments
- better performance
- winning increases motivation by enhancing perceived competence
- competing in teams, increases team spirit
- students can become highly anxious and stresses
- pressure decreasses intrinsic motivation
- too much focus on extrinsic rewards instead of learning
- difference in feelings between winners and losers
- negative relationships among classmats and teachers
Use of categories/tags may provide unwanted hints to solver.
Difficulty level difficult to assess, suggest use of popularity and success rate instead.
Students are asked to write a description of their algorithm and this is evaluated.
Programming style is evaluated if the program scored at least 50%
Training camp (11 days, 9 days of contests, 2 rest/excursion)
- announcement of results
- discussion of problems and solutions
- training session focused on solving unsolved problems during previous days