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Collaborative Learning in Computer Studies

Written by: Mr. Gordon

In Mr. Gordon’s Grade 10 Introduction to Computer Studies class, students have the opportunity to work collaboratively using the ‘driver-navigator’ pattern, a technique widely used in the software industry. This approach involves two students working together on a piece of code, with one student designated as the ‘driver’ and the other as the ‘navigator’.

The driver is responsible for making changes to the code while the navigator ensures that the goals are being met and looks out for any errors that might occur. At regular intervals, the two students switch roles so that each student has a chance to both drive and navigate during the collaboration process.

Compared to individual coding, the driver-navigator pattern encourages more conversation and discussion between the two students, as they work together to solve problems and complete the coding task. This collaborative approach promotes better communication skills, problem-solving skills, and teamwork, which are all essential skills for success in the field of computer science.

The driver-navigator pattern also helps to build confidence in students who may feel intimidated by coding or working with others. And, it allows students to learn from each other and provides a supportive environment where students can explore coding in a more relaxed setting. We look forward to seeing the many different ways our students put their skills to use in the world of coding and computer science.
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