Title: Studio-based learning via wireless notebooks: a case of a Java programming course

Authors: Miri Barak, Judson Harward, Steven Lerman

Addresses: The Department of Education in Science and Technology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. ' The Center for Educational Computing Initiatives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA. ' The Center for Educational Computing Initiatives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA

Abstract: This paper describes Studio-1.00, a project aimed at enhancing active learning techniques, interactive programming and the exploration of software development, by the use of mobile notebooks and electronic classrooms. We report on a study that investigated undergraduates| in-class use of wireless notebooks and their learning gains. The study was conducted for three semesters, using qualitative and quantitative methodologies for data collection and interpretation. The results indicated that Studio-1.00 had a positive effect on students achievements, especially for the intermediate/low academic level students or those who had little to no earlier knowledge of Java programming. The class observations revealed four main attributes that characterise studio-based learning: (a) hands-on, real-life problem-solving, (b) multi-interactions among learners and instructors, (c) knowledge sharing and (d) receiving immediate feedback. These attributes, which are suggested to enhance students learning gains, could not have been achieved without the inclass use of wireless notebooks.

Keywords: active learning; Java programming; studio-based learning; wireless notebooks; mobile learning; interactive programming; software development; electronic classrooms; e-learning; online learning; higher education; universities; problem solving; interaction; knowledge sharing; feedback; mobile organisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2007.011187

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2007 Vol.1 No.1, pp.15 - 29

Published online: 29 Oct 2006 *

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