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|eLearning for Python Programming
For two years a project using blended learning with reusable learning objects ran in the department of Computing, Communications Technology and Mathematics (CCTM). This led to substantial improvements in retention and pass rates in students studying introductory Java programming. This successful approach was extended and applied to the extended degree (HITECC) module. These students study a simpler but still demanding computer language called Python, as a transition to entering year 1 on a degree.
A significant strand of the work was the development of quality (reusable) multimedia eLearning resources. The module booklet was adapted for online delivery through WebCT, and has links to the learning objects and additional resource materials.
The template for learning objects developed for Java was reused, and any applicable objects were being customised for the Python language. The learning objects and resources were developed so that subject staff could easily adapt the content with specific examples drawn from their areas of expertise. Incorporating this feature will also facilitate the generic reuse of learning object templates in other subject areas.
Last updated 21 December, 2010