Title

Revitalizing the introductory programming course

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Source of Publication

2011 IEEE GCC Conference and Exhibition, GCC 2011

Publication Date

6-9-2011

Abstract

In this paper we present our approach to revitalizing the introductory level programming course at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This course has been re-designed to make computer programming fun and accessible to female students who sign up for the IT program with no background in computing and in particular analytical and problem solving skills. The approach has been used at other universities and represents a marked departure from the use of a single programming language to employ multiple programming tools. The results we have obtained confirm the viability of the approach and is inspiring students to spend more time learning how to design and develop interesting applications that appeal to female students. In addition, ZU students have expressed a great deal of satisfaction and responded positively towards the new approach of learning how to program. © 2011 IEEE.

ISBN

9781612841199

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

First Page

545

Last Page

548

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

Keywords

Computer science education, object-oriented programming, programming environments

Scopus ID

79957999232

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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