Title: A V-Book framework of learning programming

Authors: Chan Wai Nelson, Andy Tsang

Addresses: Department of Computing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China. ' Department of Information Technology, North Coast Institute, TAFE NSW, Australia

Abstract: This paper proposes the framework of a Virtual Book (V-Book) model for learning computer programming. The framework attempts to provide a dynamic and versatile environment for individual learning as well as for peer learning through the internet. There are three important entities in the V-Book model, namely the content component, the assessment component and the communication component. The content component will be implemented in the form of a computer assisted learning media. The assessment component will be implemented in the form of multiple-choices assessment and computer program assessment. Both of these assessments are online so that the learner will receive real time feedback. The communication component provides a platform which will be implemented in the form of a number of communication channels. These channels can be a chat room, demo room, whiteboard and/or a forum. A prototype of the V-Book has been developed for the purpose of studying the feasibility and operations of the V-Book model.

Keywords: virtual books; v-books; computer programming education; web-based learning; online learning; e-learning; internet; computer assisted learning; multiple-choice assessment; communication; constructivist learning model.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIOME.2006.010492

International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2006 Vol.1 No.4, pp.343 - 362

Published online: 25 Jul 2006 *

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