An Integrated Approach to Teaching Introductory Programming
Java Programming Laboratory (JPL) is a cloud based, integrated learning environment used for teaching introductory Java programming at Griffith University, Australia. JPL incorporates a number of features found in other successful programming learning environments and builds upon them with a range of innovative features. Learning to program is a threshold concept area for ICT students and success in this endeavour is paramount for student progression and retention. JPL provides a database that tracks individual students' successes and progression through scaffolded programming exercises and assessment items and gives students immediate feedback on their use of programming language syntax and correctness of problem solutions. A data querying and visualisation facility allows analysis of the database to provide real-time performance indicators from the overall course / problem level down to the individual student / specific problem level. Programming instructors and curriculum designers will find that this facility allows a responsive approach to student engagement, assistance and progression; as well as course problem tuning in a just-in-time manner.
Second International Conference on e-Learning and e-Technologies in Education (ICEEE)
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