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The effectiveness of brain-compatible blended learning material in the teaching of programming logic

Blended learning is an educational approach which integrates seemingly distinct educational approaches, such as face-to-face and online experiences. In a blended learning environment the classroom lectures can, for example, be augmented with learning material offered in a variety of technologically delivered formats. There exist extensive evidence that a blended learning approach which mixes face-to-face and online learning materials is substantially more effective than using only face-to-face educational methods. However, in order to be effective, blended learning course material should still be designed and presented according to sound pedagogical principles. This article presents the results of an experiment to augment the teaching of fundamental programming logic based on the pedagogical principles underpinning brain-compatible learning materials via e-learning delivery mechanisms. The research uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. Results show promise for this use of brain-compatible material in a blended learning context.

Uploaded by: Paul Webb
Author: Webb, Paul | ORCID:
Co-author: Van Niekerk, Johan
Institution: Nelson Mandela University | Centre: East and South African-German Centre for Educational Research, Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA)
Type: Journal article | English | Peer Reviewed
Subjects: Education

Published: Computers in Education | Volume 103 | Exeter: Elsevier Science, EISSN 1873-782X , ISSN 0360-1315
Date: December 2016 | Pages: 16-27
Copyright: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. | License: Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.