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Using an e-learning tool to overcome difficulties in learning object-oriented programming

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dc.contributor.advisor Sanders, Ian Essa, Saadia Fahim 2016-09-16T05:47:26Z 2016-09-16T05:47:26Z 2016-03
dc.identifier.citation Essa, Saadia Fahim (2016) Using an e-learning tool to overcome difficulties in learning object-oriented programming, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study was motivated by the need to overcome the pedagogical hindrances experienced by introductory object-oriented programming students in order to address the high attrition rate evident among novice programmers in distance education. The initial phase of the research process involved exploring a variety of alternative visual programming environments for novices. Thereafter the selection process detailed several requirements that would define the ideal choice of the most appropriate tool. An educational tool Raptor was selected. Lastly, the core focus of this mixed method research was to evaluate undergraduate UNISA students’ perceptions of the Raptor e-learning tools with respect to the perceived effectiveness in enhancing novices’ learning experience, in an attempt to lower the barriers to object-oriented programming. Students’ perceptions collectively of the Raptor visual tool were positive and despite the fact that the sample size was too small to achieve statistical significance, these quantitative and qualitative results provide the practical basis for implementing Raptor in future. Thus providing learning opportunities suited to learner interests and needs, can lead to an enormous potential to stimulate individuals’ motivation and development in creating a more positive learning experience to overcome barriers in programming and enhance concept understanding to address the diverse needs of students in distance education that could lead to a reduced dropout rate. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 211 leaves) : color illustrations
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject E-learning en
dc.subject Object-oriented programming en
dc.subject Distance education en
dc.subject Mixed methods en
dc.subject Visualisation tools en
dc.subject Algorithm visualisation tools en
dc.subject Raptor en
dc.subject Novice programmers en
dc.subject Web-based learning en
dc.subject Computer science en
dc.subject.ddc 006.8
dc.subject.lcsh Object-oriented programming (Computer science)
dc.subject.lcsh Visualization -- Data processing
dc.subject.lcsh Information visualization
dc.subject.lcsh Distance education -- Computer-assisted instruction
dc.subject.lcsh Continuing education -- Web-based instruction
dc.subject.lcsh Computer science
dc.title Using an e-learning tool to overcome difficulties in learning object-oriented programming en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Computing M. Sc. (Computing)

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