Towards Enhanced Presentation-based Teaching of Programming: An Interactive Source Code Visualisation Approach
Roels, R., Mestereaga, P. and Signer, B.: "Towards Enhanced Presentation-based Teaching of Programming: An Interactive Source Code Visualisation Approach", Proceedings of CSEDU 2015, 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Lisbon, Portugal, May, 2015 best paper award
The teaching of programming concepts and algorithms very much depends on the mental models developed by scholars when learning how to program. There is a rich body of research on how to best teach programming. Nevertheless, many instructors follow a presentation-based approach where existing slideware such as PowerPoint or Keynote is used to show a sequential series of slides with static pieces of source code. Such a presentation-based approach based on existing slideware tools might not be optimal for the authoring as well as the delivery of programming courses. We outline how presentation-based eduction in programming can be improved by paying attention to existing research on how to best teach programming. We derive a number of requirements for more efficient source code visualisation in presentation tools and present an architecture as well as an extensible prototype for enhanced presentation-based teaching of programming. The presented interactive source code visualisation plug-in for the MindXpres presentation tool can be seen as a step towards enhancing existing slideware in order to achieve a more efficient and interactive teaching of programming concepts and algorithms. The ultimate goal of the presented approach is to present source code in a way that reinforces a user's mental model and thereby increases the knowledge transfer of presentations delivered in programming courses.