Constructing Knowledge Through Coding
CS: Introduction in C++ emphasizes the importance of students applying and exploring the information presented. With Codio's interactive interface, a code editor accompanies each page with new concepts. This way, students can actively see how the computer responds to code, rather than simply showing the end result. In addition, the Intro to C++ course content provides code snippets that allow students to become familiar with the language, as well as suggested avenues for investigation.
We believe in the value of active feedback, which is why students receive immediate, rich feedback. In addition to feedback on the validity of a specific answer, students will also be provided with an explanation that includes the complete solution, as well as the steps that reached that destination. There are a wide variety of questions - all of which are auto-graded, giving students a sense of their understanding of the material right after they are introduced to it and as they attempt more complex and more challenging problems.
Lowering the Barrier to Entry
Codio’s Introduction to C++ content reflects the need for computer science education to meet students where they are. Like any specialized community, computer science has its own jargon. The formal teaching of computer science should not burden students with the assumption that they are fluent in this special language.
Because C++ is such a good entry-level general-purpose programming language for beginners, the material is presented in smaller units that are more manageable for the students. The same vocabulary and concepts are covered, but in a more approachable way - state things as plainly as possible, and, when appropriate, use images, tables, or lists.
Another way in which this computer programming content is more approachable is that it uses many small programs instead of one large program. Research shows that a variety of smaller problems increase student performance and reduce stress. By employing a series of small programs, students spend adequate amounts of time on each module, rather than waiting until the last moment to complete one big lift.
Encouraging Customization Through Modularity
The Intro to C++ Course content is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, it implements a modular format. Natural breakpoints occur in the curriculum where instructors can make the changes they deem necessary. Instructors can re-name, re-order, or remove units.
Using Codio's excellent content authoring tools, they can author new material. This modular approach gives instructors flexibility when designing the learner's experience.