Analysis of Learner Performance on a Tutoring System for Java
Henry H. Emurian (University of Maryland-Baltimore County, USA), Jingli Wang (University of Maryland-Baltimore County, USA) and Ashely G. Durham (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), USA)
Copyright: © 2003
This chapter presents a teaching methodology, programmed instruction, that provides a series of interactive and cumulative learning experiences that teach a student how to understand and write a simple Java Applet. Fine-grain performance records of three students’ interactions with the tutoring system show the individual patterns of skill acquisition and retention over five successive observational occasions. The tutoring system is also used as the first technical exercise in a course entitled “Graphical User Interface Systems Using Java.” Performance and self-reported ratings of programming confidence by 17 graduate students show the benefit of programmed instruction to generate a history of competency and confidence in all students. The positive initial experience prepares and motivates information systems students for the presentation and mastery of advanced programming techniques.