<XML><RECORDS><RECORD><REFERENCE_TYPE>3</REFERENCE_TYPE><REFNUM>8619</REFNUM><AUTHORS><AUTHOR>Cutts,Q.I.</AUTHOR><AUTHOR>Jamieson,S.</AUTHOR></AUTHORS><YEAR>2007</YEAR><TITLE>Comparing Two Free Programming Projects used in Introductory Programming Courses</TITLE><PLACE_PUBLISHED>Proceedings of the 8th Annual HEA-ICS Conference</PLACE_PUBLISHED><PUBLISHER>N/A</PUBLISHER><LABEL>Cutts:2007:8619</LABEL><KEYWORDS><KEYWORD>Introductory</KEYWORD></KEYWORDS<ABSTRACT>A Free Programming Project (FPP) is a programming task chosen at will by a student. Whilst various forms of this style of project are common in the later stages of nearly all degree programmes, they are seldom seen in first year courses. This paper explores ideas of increased ownership and engagement, as well as opportunities for consolidation, as motivators for using such projects in first year. The structure and operation of two independent applications of the FPP concept in first programming courses are contrasted and evaluated, and the following key aspects are identified: managing expectations, choosing the right project, design issues, appropriate feedback, credit rating for the project, and inverted expectations of learning among students.</ABSTRACT></RECORD></RECORDS></XML>