Assessing the usability of students object-oriented language with first-year IT students: a case study

McArdle, Eugene, Holdsworth, Jason, and Lee, Ickjai (2013) Assessing the usability of students object-oriented language with first-year IT students: a case study. In: Proceedings of the 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, pp. 181-188. From: 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: augmentation, application, innovation, collaboration, 25-29 November 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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This paper describes our "objects-first" programming environment from the perspective of HCI in education. We argue why a syntactically simple domain-specific programming language allows first-year IT students to focus on core programming skills such as code reading, writing, and debugging. We present a case study of first-year IT students at our regional university. The results suggest that simplified language design helps a student develop transferable skills and conceptual knowledge when compared with traditional approaches.

Item ID: 31282
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: objects-first; programming environments; domain-specific; programming languages; pedagogic IDE
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ISBN: 978-1-4503-2525-7
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2014 06:11
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080199 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0803 Computer Software > 080308 Programming Languages @ 50%
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