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ERIC Number: EJ797517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
MODeLeR: A Virtual Constructivist Learning Environment and Methodology for Object-Oriented Design
Coffey, John W.; Koonce, Robert
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v27 n2 p129-147 Apr 2008
This article contains a description of the organization and method of use of an active learning environment named MODeLeR, (Multimedia Object Design Learning Resource), a tool designed to facilitate the learning of concepts pertaining to object modeling with the Unified Modeling Language (UML). MODeLeR was created to provide an authentic, student-centered learning environment that embodies constructivist notions of learning. The context of this work is the study of object-oriented design in introductory and intermediate level programming classes where students typically do not have the opportunity to explore creation of large object-oriented systems or to perform collaborative work. The resource affords active, collaborative learning experiences in object oriented design with the goal of helping students to appreciate the need for design and to gain capability with UML. Students are required to create class diagrams, use-case diagrams and sequence diagrams. This article describes the MODeLeR environment, a method for its use, and a follow-on efficacy assessment from a pilot study (Coffey & Koonce, 2004). This article contains results of both a quantitative study and a qualitative evaluation of the resource. (Contains 3 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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