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ERIC Number: EJ878005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Learning Motivation in E-Learning Facilitated Computer Programming Courses
Law, Kris M. Y.; Lee, Victor C. S.; Yu, Y. T.
Computers & Education, v55 n1 p218-228 Aug 2010
Computer programming skills constitute one of the core competencies that graduates from many disciplines, such as engineering and computer science, are expected to possess. Developing good programming skills typically requires students to do a lot of practice, which cannot sustain unless they are adequately motivated. This paper reports a preliminary study that investigates the key motivating factors affecting learning among university undergraduate students taking computer programming courses. These courses are supported by an e-learning system--Programming Assignment aSsessment System (PASS), which aims at providing an infrastructure and facilitation to students learning computer programming. A research model is adopted linking various motivating factors, self-efficacy, as well as the effect due to the e-learning system. Some factors are found to be notably more motivating, namely, "individual attitude and expectation", "clear direction", and "reward and recognition". The results also suggest that a well facilitated e-learning setting can enhance learning motivation and self-efficacy. (Contains 10 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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