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Developing a self-paced interactive package for introductory computer programming

Hobbs, V.J. and McGill, T.J. (1994) Developing a self-paced interactive package for introductory computer programming. Murdoch University

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Abstract

Teaching introductory programming can be a challenging task. Students can become too concerned with learning syntax at the expense of more general conceptual understanding. Distance education students in particular often have problems as the difficulty of the course content is compounded by the problems of isolation from other students and their tutor. Although instructional strategies for emphasising conceptual knowledge are well known for face-to-face instruction, there has been little attempt to apply them to the external situation. This paper describes the development of a supplementary package for external students designed to address some of these problems.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Information Technology
Series Name: Technical Report CS/94/07
Publisher: Murdoch University
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/17554
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