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Cilliers, Charmain B. – Computers & Education, 2012
Employers of computing graduates have high expectations of graduates in terms of soft skills, the most desirable of these being communication skills. Not only must the graduates exhibit writing skills, but they are expected to be highly proficient therein. The consequence of this expectation is not only performance pressure exerted on the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Student Attitudes, Programming, Writing Skills
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Hainey, Thomas; Connolly, Thomas M.; Stansfield, Mark; Boyle, Elizabeth A. – Computers & Education, 2011
A highly important part of software engineering education is requirements collection and analysis which is one of the initial stages of the Database Application Lifecycle and arguably the most important stage of the Software Development Lifecycle. No other conceptual work is as difficult to rectify at a later stage or as damaging to the overall…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Computer Software, Engineering
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Wang, Tiantian; Su, Xiaohong; Ma, Peijun; Wang, Yuying; Wang, Kuanquan – Computers & Education, 2011
Learning to program is a difficult process for novice programmers. AutoLEP, an automated learning and assessment system, was developed by us, to aid novice programmers to obtain programming skills. AutoLEP is ability-training-oriented. It adopts a novel assessment mechanism, which combines static analysis with dynamic testing to analyze student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Program Effectiveness, Learning Experience
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Vernadakis, Nikolaos; Antoniou, Panagiotis; Giannousi, Maria; Zetou, Eleni; Kioumourtzoglou, Efthimis – Computers & Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a hybrid learning approach to deliver a computer science course concerning the Microsoft office PowerPoint 2003 program in comparison to delivering the same course content in the form of traditional lectures. A hundred and seventy-two first year university students were randomly…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Undergraduate Students, Statistical Analysis, Lecture Method
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Carbonaro, Mike; Szafron, Duane; Cutumisu, Maria; Schaeffer, Jonathan – Computers & Education, 2010
Enrollment in Computing Science university programs is at a dangerously low level. A major reason for this is the general lack of interest in Computing Science by females. In this paper, we discuss our experience with using a computer game construction environment as a vehicle to encourage female participation in Computing Science. Experiments…
Descriptors: Females, Computers, Grade 10, Thinking Skills
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Dominguez, Cesar; Jaime, Arturo – Computers & Education, 2010
This paper describes an active method for database design learning through practical tasks development by student teams in a face-to-face course. This method integrates project-based learning, and project management techniques and tools. Some scaffolding is provided at the beginning that forms a skeleton that adapts to a great variety of…
Descriptors: Database Design, Student Projects, Attendance, Active Learning
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Efendioglu, Akin; Yelken, Tugba Yanpar – Computers & Education, 2010
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of two different methods on primary school teacher candidates' academic achievements and attitudes toward computer-based education, and to define their views on these methods. Both the first experimental group, programmed instruction (PI), and the second experimental group, meaningful…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Experimental Groups, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education
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Law, Kris M. Y.; Lee, Victor C. S.; Yu, Y. T. – Computers & Education, 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…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Undergraduate Students, Self Efficacy, Learning Motivation
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Yang, Heng-Li; Cheng, Hsiu-Hua – Computers & Education, 2010
Many companies have pursued innovation to obtain a competitive edge. Thus, educational reform focuses mainly on training creative students. This study adopted the concept of an affiliated network of projects to investigate how project embeddedness influences project team creativity. This work surveys 60 projects in a Management Information Systems…
Descriptors: Creativity, Innovation, Management Information Systems, Interaction
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Monteserin, Ariel; Schiaffino, Silvia; Amandi, Analia – Computers & Education, 2010
In CSCL systems, students who are solving problems in group have to negotiate with each other by exchanging proposals and arguments in order to resolve the conflicts and generate a shared solution. In this context, argument construction assistance is necessary to facilitate reaching to a consensus. This assistance is usually provided with isolated…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Problem Solving, Cooperative Learning, Artificial Intelligence
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Fernandez, Vicenc; Simo, Pep; Sallan, Jose M. – Computers & Education, 2009
The literature has frequently highlighted the usefulness of podcasting in higher education; however, there is an important gap between the theory on good practice in higher education and empirical studies about podcasting. With this in mind, we carried out an empirical study on an undergraduate degree course in Information Systems Management. The…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Study
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Uzunboylu, Huseyin; Cavus, Nadire; Ercag, Erinc – Computers & Education, 2009
Mobile learning or m-learning, a relatively new concept, has attracted the interest of educators, researchers, and companies developing learning systems and instructional materials. This study investigated the use of integrating use of mobile technologies, data services, and multimedia messaging systems to increase students' use of mobile…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Information Technology, Environmental Education
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Toral, S. L.; Barrero, F.; Martinez-Torres, M. R. – Computers & Education, 2007
This paper presents an exploratory study about the development of a structural and measurement model for the technological acceptance (TAM) of a web-based educational tool. The aim consists of measuring not only the use of this tool, but also the external variables with a significant influence in its use for planning future improvements. The tool,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Computer Assisted Instruction, Internet, Higher Education