Title: Effects of a personalised ubiquitous learning support system on university students' learning performance and attitudes in computer-programming courses

Authors: Sasithorn Chookaew; Dechawut Wanichsan; Gwo-Jen Hwang; Patcharin Panjaburee

Addresses: Institute for Innovative Learning, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand ' Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University, Chanthaburi, Thailand ' Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan ' Institute for Innovative Learning, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Abstract: To encourage university students to take computer-programming courses, this study proposes a personalised ubiquitous learning support system based on multiple sources of personalised information. Two groups (experimental and control) of low-achieving students were recruited in this study. The 26 students in the control group used the conventional learning support system, while the 28 students in the experimental group learned with the proposed system. The groups were compared in terms of their computer-programming learning performance. The experimental group's attitudes towards the proposed system and the relationship between their attitudes and learning performance regarding the proposed system were also investigated. The results show that the students who learned with the proposed system had better learning performance than those who learned with the conventional system, and had a positive attitude towards the proposed system.

Keywords: computer programming; personalisation; ubiquitous learning; learning guidance; personalised learning; learning support systems; higher education; student performance; computer education; university students.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2015.074207

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2015 Vol.9 No.3, pp.240 - 257

Received: 24 Aug 2015
Accepted: 07 Sep 2015

Published online: 18 Jan 2016 *

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