Title: A web-based course on Android programming for higher vocational students

Authors: Jingming Xie

Addresses: Information Engineering Institute, Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic College, 511483, China

Abstract: The mobile internet is a new and fast developing industry, which requires a lot of talent. The computer major in vocational colleges faces the difficulty of recruiting students and a low employment rate of graduates. The solution is to establish new courses in line with the development of IT industry. Android programming is an important technology of the mobile internet. Constructing a web-based course can propagate this new technology to higher vocational students. After analysing the learning characteristics of higher vocational students and the course characteristics of Android programming, this article proposes a framework for the web-based course on Android programming for higher vocational students and discusses how to design the course content by applying project-based teaching. The course embodies personalised learning, project-oriented teaching, mutual aid learning, and mobile learning. The result shows that the course is useful for students to study Android programming and majority of the students engage with the designed learning activities in the course.

Keywords: Android; Linux; operating systems; smartphones; mobile phones; cell phones; tablets; mobile computers; tablet computers; Open Handset Alliance; Google; web-based courses; project-based teaching; mobile learning; computer programming; higher vocational students; vocational colleges; student recruitment; employment rates; graduates; new courses; ICT; information technology; communications technology; new technologies; learning characteristics; course characteristics; course design; course content; personalised learning; project-oriented teaching; mutual aid learning; mobile learning; learning activities; engineering education; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; internet; world wide web; online courses; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2012.047051

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2012 Vol.22 No.1/2, pp.85 - 96

Published online: 25 May 2012 *

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