Towards Improving Introductory Computer Programming with an ITS for Conceptual Learning

  • Franceska XhakajEmail author
  • Vincent AlevenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10948)


Computer programming is becoming important in almost every profession. However, programming is still difficult for students to learn. In this work, we focus on helping students acquire strong conceptual and procedural knowledge of programing. We propose to create a new Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) that will support students in two types of conceptually-oriented activities: code tracing and code comprehension. Further, we propose to run a study to evaluate whether the ITS can support students’ conceptual learning and transfer to procedural learning of computer programming.


Conceptual learning Procedural learning Intelligent Tutoring Systems Computer Science education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human-Computer Interaction InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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