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Design of an educational multimedia library to teach Python to non-technical university students

Valente, Andrea; Marchetti, Emaneuala; Wang, Jingyun

Authors

Andrea Valente

Emaneuala Marchetti



Abstract

Starting from our teaching experience and previous research on programming for non-technical university students in Japan and Denmark, we identify an unarticulated dependency of programming materials from other technical domains, which causes a knowledge domain mismatch in learners. We approach this mismatch on two fronts: by defining a novel way to structure beginners courses that moves away from the classic bottom-up approach based on math-related problems, and instead leverages on multimedia as a motivational and powerful general-purpose domain to ground programming and scaffold its understanding; and via the design and implementation of new Python library that simplifies multimedia programming. We are currently organizing tests of both multimedia library and the new course structure in Japan and Denmark.

Citation

Valente, A., Marchetti, E., & Wang, J. (2020). Design of an educational multimedia library to teach Python to non-technical university students.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name International Conference on Learning Technologies and Learning Environments (LTLE) 2020
Start Date Sep 1, 2020
End Date Sep 15, 2020
Online Publication Date Sep 15, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Sep 21, 2020
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1139801
Publisher URL https://www.iaiai.org/conference/aai2020/conferences/ltle-2020/