A Minimalist Approach To Object Oriented Programming Instruction
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Mkpong-Ruffin, I., Germany, C. & Seals, C. (2006). A Minimalist Approach To Object Oriented Programming Instruction. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2006 (pp. 1354-1359). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN) 2006
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Thomas Reeves & Shirley Yamashita
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We explore the use of Minimalist Tutorials to present these technical concepts usually found in introductory computer science courses, as we believe that the minimalist approach is more practical and appealing to the end user as opposed to traditional long-format tutorials. To be effective, the Minimalist tutorial should provide sufficient learnability and retainability of the material covered. Evidence of learnability and retainability is established if the student demonstrates what they learned by performing specific tasks. As such, our approach transformed a traditional tutorial with 213 pages covering 4 modules, into a customized 19 page tutorial encompassing all of the significant concepts contained in the original long-form tutorial. Also, we used formal observational and query techniques for our evaluation methodology and gathered significant information related to effectiveness, satisfaction, learnability and retainability
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