Title: Development of a project-based cooperative learning environment for computer programming courses

Authors: Hui-Chun Chu, Gwo-Jen Hwang

Addresses: Department of Computer Science and Information Management, Soochow University, 56, Sec. 1, Kui-Yang St. Taipei 100, Taiwan. ' Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 43, Sec.4, Keelung Rd., Taipei, 106, Taiwan

Abstract: One of the important objectives in computer courses is to train students to develop systems cooperatively. Although several existing online systems have provided discussion forums or chatting rooms, more functions need to be provided for conducting project-based cooperative learning activities, such project management, cooperative learning group management, assistance seeking and group working area. In this paper, a cooperative learning system is proposed to assist teachers in conducting project-based cooperative learning activities on the internet. Experimental results show that the system can fulfil the need of students and teachers, and is helpful in enhancing the learning efficacy of students.

Keywords: project-based learning; cooperative learning; computer courses; computer-assisted learning; project management; group management; assistance; advice; group working areas; computing education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2010.035029

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2010 Vol.8 No.3, pp.256 - 266

Published online: 01 Sep 2010 *

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