Access to mobile learning for novice programmers via social networking sites

Maleko, M, Hamilton, M and D'Souza, D 2012, 'Access to mobile learning for novice programmers via social networking sites', in Iven Mareels, Kaibang Yuan, Jianming Yong, Bin Xi (ed.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Science and Education (ICCSE) 2012, Melbourne, Australia, 14 - 17 July 2012, pp. 1533-1538.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Access to mobile learning for novice programmers via social networking sites
Author(s) Maleko, M
Hamilton, M
D'Souza, D
Year 2012
Conference name (ICCSE) 2012
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 14 - 17 July 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Science and Education (ICCSE) 2012
Editor(s) Iven Mareels, Kaibang Yuan, Jianming Yong, Bin Xi
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication United States
Start page 1533
End page 1538
Total pages 6
Abstract Mobile devices are fast being realised as tools to facilitate increased interaction among learners and improve engagement with subject material. We report results of a survey of students in their early stages of learning programming, about their perceptions of the use of mobile devices for accessing social networking sites for discussions, chats, brainstorming, and accessing designated learning materials uploaded to support their learning of programming. Students from three universities were surveyed, involving three distinct delivery contexts: traditional face-to-face; blended; and fully online. Our findings include among other things that instant access to discussions, increased interactions, instant feedback in a student-student context, and the ability to share ideas and views anytime, anywhere, were just some of the perceived advantages of using mobile devices and social networking sites for learning programming.
Subjects Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Interactions
Mobile devices
Mobile learning
Novice programmer
Social Networking Sites
DOI - identifier 10.1109/ICCSE.2012.6295355
Copyright notice © 2012 IEEE
ISBN 9781467302401
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