Programming Learners’ Perceptions of Interactive Computer Tutors and Human Teachers
Ruiqi Shen, Donghee Wohn, Michael Lee, New Jersey Institute of Technology
iJET Volume 15, Number 9, ISSN 1863-0383 Publisher: International Journal of Emerging Technology in Learning, Kassel, Germany
People often learn programming in face-to-face courses or online tutorials. Interactive computer tutors---systems that provide learning content interactively---are becoming more common in online tools such as those teaching computer programming. Studies have shown that teachers, interactive computer tutors, and the combination of both are efficient and effective in teaching programming. However, there is limited understanding of the comparative perspectives of learners learning from these two different sources. We conducted an exploratory study using semi-structured interviews and recruited 20 participants with programming experience from both teachers and interactive computer tutors. Speaking with our participants, we surfaced factors that learners like and dislike from the two learning resources and discussed the strengths and weaknesses between the two. Based on our findings, we discuss implications for designs that programming educators and interactive computer tutor developers can use to improve their teaching effectiveness.
Shen, R., Wohn, D. & Lee, M. (2020). Programming Learners’ Perceptions of Interactive Computer Tutors and Human Teachers. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 15(9), 123-142. Kassel, Germany: International Journal of Emerging Technology in Learning.