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Breaking the Textbook Paradigm: Increasing Access by Removing Words

We examined the importance of interactivity in programming education.

Breaking the Textbook Paradigm
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We unpacked how students learn to program best.

For over a decade, computing education has evolved from textbooks to ebooks to interactive learning experiences with animations, built-in IDEs, and autograders. 

This paper uses data from a computing education platform used in dozens of US universities and thousands of students to explore the relationship between how much time students spend reading compared to the amount of text in the reading assignment.

We find that even without fine-grained details, learning experiences where students are spending more time actively coding as opposed to reading result in higher performance.

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