Intro to Java: Constructing Knowledge Through Coding
CS: Introduction to Java training emphasizes students applying and exploring the information presented, building knowledge of fundamental concepts in this programming language. This learn-by-doing approach encourages students to take a more active role and immerse themselves in the material.
A code editor accompanies each page with new concepts so students can see for themselves how the computer responds to code. In addition, the content provides code snippets to get Java CS students started as well as suggested avenues for investigation.
Students can receive immediate, rich computer programming feedback in their intro to Java course. In addition to correctness feedback (i.e. right or wrong), students will also see an explanation with the complete solution.
There are a wide variety of questions, all of which are auto-graded. This gives students learning to become Java developers a sense of their understanding of the material right after they are introduced to it and as they attempt harder and harder problems.
Lowering the Barrier to Entry
CS: Intro to Java 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.
In this Intro to Java course, 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.
Terms are stated as plainly as possible, and, when appropriate, incorporate images, tables, or lists to support learning. Students learn the fundamentals that support competency with more advanced topics, like Java visual programming.
Another way in which this 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. Using many small programs leads to students spending a sufficient amount of time on their work. They are less likely to wait until the last moment to begin their work.
Encouraging Customization Through Modularity
This Intro to Java CS content is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, it implements a modular format.
Natural break points occur in the curriculum where instructors can make the changes they deem necessary. Instructors can re-name, re-order, or remove units to build a unique Java course.
Using Codio's excellent content authoring tools, they can author new material. This modular approach gives instructors flexibility when designing the learner's experience..