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ERIC Number: ED477102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
On the Effectiveness of a Programming Coach in a Distance Learning Environment.
Thomas, Pete
Previous research into the behavior of students while learning to program by automatically recording their actions has revealed that such recordings contain a wealth of information that can be collected together into a diagnostic tool that can support students' learning. The first step has been to construct the Coach, a software component that can be invoked on demand to provide a variety of support based on students' previous experiences. The Coach has undergone an initial stage of usability and usefulness testing to determine its effectiveness in practice. This paper describes the design of the Coach and reports on a small-scale experiment to assess its effectiveness with two groups of students. It was found that students did indeed turn to the Coach for help and that the control group also searched for help, but had to get it elsewhere. The paper also reports on other differences in behavior between the two groups. Includes seven figures and two tables. (Contains 17 references.) (Author)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), P.O. Box 3728, Norfolk, VA 23514. Tel: 757-623-7588; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: In: ED-MEDIA 2002 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Proceedings (14th, Denver, Colorado, June 24-29, 2002); see IR 021 687.