ERIC Number: EJ1071578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
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App Development Paradigms for Instructional Developers
Luterbach, Kenneth J.; Hubbell, Kenneth R.
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v59 n5 p31-39 Sep 2015
To create instructional apps for desktop, laptop and mobile devices, developers must select a development tool. Tool selection is critical and complicated by the large number and variety of app development tools. One important criterion to consider is the type of development environment, which may primarily be visual or symbolic. Those distinct environments give rise to competing development paradigms. This work contrasts LiveCode and MoSync, tools from the two paradigms, which enables informed tool selection. Contrasts are drawn with respect to prerequisite knowledge requirements for development, differences in the development of user interfaces, as well as differences in computer programming and app deployment. To maximize utility of the contrasts, this article considers the differences in apps developed for the same instructional purpose. Using a drag and drop technique with feedback, users learn to identify paintings created by Rembrandt. Additionally, the apps provide a method for storing results in a database.
Descriptors: Instructional Development, Computer Oriented Programs, Computers, Handheld Devices, Selection Criteria, Programming, Differences, Comparative Analysis, Computer Interfaces
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