Teaching Novices Programming Using a Robot Simulator

Work in Progress
Louis Major

This research investigates the effectiveness of using simulated robots as tools to teach introductory programming. It has been influenced by the results of a Mapping Study and Systematic Literature Review which indicated that such a study would be valuable. A robot simulator has been developed after reviewing educational software guidelines. This has been implemented in a number of programming workshops. A range of participants have been involved including novice programmers in addition to trainee and in-service high school teachers. By its conclusion, over 95 participants will have taken part. The case study methodology has been used and this will help to ensure reliable and rigorous empirical research is undertaken. This project will contribute to knowledge by addressing the findings of the SLR, specifically the need to investigate the use of simulated robots as tools to teach programming.

Type of Publication: Paper
Conference: PPIG Doctoral Consortium 2012
Publication Year: 2012
Paper #: 1
TitleTeaching Novices Programming Using a Robot Simulator
Publication TypePaper
AuthorsMajor, L
PPIG Workshop: 
2012-11-WIP