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Tedre, Matti; Simon; Malmi, Lauri – Computer Science Education, 2018
Computing education has been an important and sometimes contentious issue ever since the advent of modern computing. Debates about computing education have closely followed job markets, technological development, academic interests, societal concerns, and changes in the perception of computing. The themes in computing education debates can be…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Educational Objectives, Educational History, Computer Software
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Sorva, Juha; Lönnberg, Jan; Malmi, Lauri – Computer Science Education, 2013
Visual program simulation (VPS) is a new, interactive form of educational program visualisation, in which learners use graphical controls to direct a program's execution rather than simply watching an animation of it. In this article, we report on a qualitative empirical study of novice programmers learning through VPS. From an analysis of…
Descriptors: Visualization, Computer Uses in Education, Interviews, Observation
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Taherkhani, Ahmad; Korhonen, Ari; Malmi, Lauri – Computer Science Education, 2012
In this study, we examined freshmen students' sorting algorithm implementations in data structures and algorithms' course in two phases: at the beginning of the course before the students received any instruction on sorting algorithms, and after taking a lecture on sorting algorithms. The analysis revealed that many students have insufficient…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Classification, Mathematics, Computer Science Education
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Seppala, Otto; Malmi, Lauri; Korhonen, Ari – Computer Science Education, 2006
Data structures and algorithms are core issues in computer programming. However, learning them is challenging for most students and many of them have various types of misconceptions on how algorithms work. In this study, we discuss the problem of identifying misconceptions on the principles of how algorithms work. Our context is algorithm…
Descriptors: Programming, Abstract Reasoning, Misconceptions, Case Studies
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Karavirta, Ville; Korhonen, Ari; Malmi, Lauri – Computer Science Education, 2006
Automatic assessment systems generally support immediate grading and response on learners' submissions. They also allow learners to consider the feedback, revise, and resubmit their solutions. Several strategies exist to implement the resubmission policy. The ultimate goal, however, is to improve the learning outcomes, and thus the strategies…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Evaluation, Computer Managed Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Nuutila, Esko; Torma, Seppo; Malmi, Lauri – Computer Science Education, 2005
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method emphasizes students' own activity in learning about problems, setting up their own learning goals and actively searching for and analyzing information. In this paper, we describe and discuss our experiences on applying PBL, especially the seven steps method widely used in medical faculties, in an introductory…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Programming, Computer Science Education
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Surakka, Sami; Malmi, Lauri – Computer Science Education, 2005
This case study considered the syllabus of the first and second year studies in computer science. The aim of the study was to reveal which topics covered in the syllabi were really needed during the following years of study or in working life. The program that was assessed in the study was a Masters program in computer science and engineering at a…
Descriptors: Masters Programs, Computer Science, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries