ERIC Number: EJ1099865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
A Web-Based Tutor for Java™: Evidence of Meaningful Learning
Emurian, Henry H.
International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, v4 n2 p10-30 Apr-Jun 2006
Students in a graduate class and an undergraduate class in Information Systems completed a Web-based programmed instruction tutor that taught a simple Java applet as the first technical training exercise in a computer programming course. The tutor is a competency-based instructional system for individualized distance learning. When a student completes the tutor, the student has achieved a targeted level of understanding the code and has written the code correctly from memory. Before and after using the tutor in the present study, students completed a software self-efficacy questionnaire and a test of the application of general Java principles (far transfer of learning). After completing the tutor, students in both classes showed increases in software self-efficacy and in correct answers on the test of general principles. These findings contribute to the stream of formative evaluations of the tutoring system. They show the capacity of the Web-based tutor to generate meaningful learning (i.e., understanding of concepts) at the level of the individual student.
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Computer Science Education, Information Systems, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Programming Languages, Competency Based Education, Teaching Methods, Individualized Instruction, Distance Education, Self Efficacy, Questionnaires, Computer Software, Academic Achievement, Instructional Effectiveness
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