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MICHAEL LEE

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Gidget: Keeping Computer Programming Learners Engaged Online

NSF Awards: 1657160

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Graduate, Adult learners, Informal / multi-age

Programming is increasingly becoming a necessary 21st century skill. As more people turn to online resources to learn more about programming, it is necessary to provide resources that both measurably engage and teach the necessary concepts. Unfortunately, there are not enough teachers to help guide learners through difficult concepts or provide encouragement when learners become frustrated or disengaged. This work begins to address these gaps by providing learners a full introductory programming curriculum in the form of an online puzzle game. Users learn programming concepts by solving puzzles (debugging existing code). The game provides various help, including customized help messages, encouragement, and adaptive levels for more practice.

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