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1 A Step Back from Coding An Online Environment and Pedagogy for Novice Programmers Andrew Scott, Mike Watkins, Duncan McPhee. University of Glamorgan

2 Overview Novice Programming Issues, Flowchart Visualisation and Flowchart Based Programming Environments The Programming Tool and Online Capability Scaffolding Based Pedagogy Summary Question and Answers

3 Novice Programming Issues The syntax and semantics of the programming language Program design and problem solving The development environment Paradigm specifics such as objects Sequence Selection Iteration first

4 Flowchart Visualisation of Computer Programs The need for visualisation Why Flowcharts? What about UML Activity Diagrams? Flowchart Animation Utility of Flowcharts

5 Flowchart Based Programming Environments Raptor, Flowchart Interpreter, and Flint – Utilise flowcharts for Animation and Program Creation – No facility to generate code Structured Flowchart Editor – Flowcharts and code generation – No animation features – No program execution features Evaluations demonstrate the effectiveness of flowchart visualisation and animation

6 The Progranimate Programming Aid Visualises the programming task – Flowcharts and computer code representations, – Program animation and execution Removes the Complexity of writing code – Automatically generated code in multiple languages – Code animation in sync with flowchart animation It Is un-intimidating - easy to use and learn – Removes the initial confusion and intimidation associated with professional environments

7 A Quick Progranimate Demo Hyperlink to Progranimate Web Start

8 WWW Integration Can now be deployed via Java Webstart Can also be deployed as an applet – The tool can be visually customised in a number of ways Files can be program loaded locally or via the Internet Ideal as the centre piece of an online tutorial Examples, Iteration Tutorial Biggest Number Program

9 Vygotsky’s Theory of Social Development Scaffolding Instructional Strategy – Tutor modelling behaviour or concept for student, – Student imitating tutors behaviour – Tutor fading out instruction and support – Independent problem solving ability Zone of Proximal Development

10 Teaching Pedagogy Covers the basics of – Sequence – Selection – Iteration Combining the use of – Scaffolding Pedagogy – Programming tool – Online Instructional Environment

11 Pedagogy Overview 1. Basic programming structures and concept demonstration 2. Guided problem solving 3. Assisted problem solving 1. Step1 2. Step2 3. Step3 4. Un-assisted problem solving

12 Pedagogy Summary Suitable for the first semester of an introductory course in computing Ideal as a valuable precursor to an introductory programming course A solid foundation for more complex programming topics such as objects

13 Conclusion Proposed a solution to the problems of novice programmers – Visual Programming Tool Visualised the programming task, Removed the impact of writing confusing syntax, Overcome the hurdles associated with the development environment, – Scaffolding pedagogy and online instructional environment Further work

14 Any Questions


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