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Can Fragmentation Learning Promote Students’ Deep Learning in C Programming?

  • Lifeng Zhang
  • Baoping LiEmail author
  • Ying Zhou
  • Ling Chen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)

Abstract

In order to reduce students’ difficulties in programming learning, this study developed a mobile platform called Dquiz with the advantage of distributed effects, which can provide 2-3 multiple-choice questions per day. The study applied it to C programming courses and explored whether the system can improve students’ learning outcome and which factor influence the outcome. A total number of 74 freshmen were randomly divided into two groups. One group can practice every 3 days at least. The other students practice once a week. Both groups of students practice the same number of questions. The result showed that the students who used the platform several times a week score higher than students who used it once a week. The factors that affect students’ learning outcomes during their practice include intervals of platform usage, correctness and the total number of comments.

Keywords

programming learning practice platform mobile learning fragmentation learning 

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Acknowledgments

This research was supported by Open Funding Project of the Key Laboratory of Modern Teaching Technology, MOE of PRC(Grant No. SYSK201802).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lifeng Zhang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Baoping Li
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Ying Zhou
    • 1
  • Ling Chen
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty Of EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Modern Teaching TechnologyShaanxi Normal UniversityXi AnChina
  3. 3.Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Future EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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