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Xinogalos, Stelios; Pitner, Tomáš; Ivanovic, Mirjana; Savic, Miloš – Education and Information Technologies, 2018
The choice of the first programming language (FPL) has been a controversial issue for several decades. Nearly everyone agrees that the FPL is important and affects students' subsequent education on programming. The study presented in this article investigates the suitability of various C-like and Pascal-like programming languages as a FPL.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Programming Languages, Computer Software, Questionnaires
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Giannakoulas, Andreas; Xinogalos, Stelios – Education and Information Technologies, 2018
Educational games are increasingly used in informal and formal educational settings for promoting active learning and gaining students' interest in cognitively demanding subjects, such as programming. However, empirical studies that investigate the true impact of educational games on teaching and learning programming, especially to small aged…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Video Games
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Xinogalos, Stelios; Satratzemi, Maya; Malliarakis, Christos – Education and Information Technologies, 2017
Teaching and learning programming constitutes a challenge. Although several teaching approaches and programming tools have been proposed, it seems that they have limited impact on classroom practice. This article investigates students' perceptions on five educational programming environments that are widely used and the features that any…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Programming, Introductory Courses, Student Attitudes
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Ivanovic, Mirjana; Xinogalos, Stelios; Pitner, Tomáš; Savic, Miloš – Education and Information Technologies, 2017
Technology enhanced learning (TEL) is increasingly influencing university education, mainly in overcoming disadvantages of direct instruction teaching approaches, and encouraging creativity, problem solving and critical thinking in student-centered, interactive learning environments. In this paper, experiences from object-oriented programming…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Higher Education, Teaching Methods
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Xinogalos, Stelios – Education and Information Technologies, 2016
Designing and deploying programming courses is undoubtedly a challenging task. In this paper, an attempt to analyze important aspects of a sequence of two courses on imperative-procedural and object-oriented programming in a non-CS majors Department is made. This analysis is based on a questionnaire filled in by fifty students in a voluntary…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Programming, Computer Science, Educational Strategies
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Chatzigeorgiou, Alexander; Theodorou, Tryfon L.; Violettas, George E.; Xinogalos, Stelios – Education and Information Technologies, 2016
The tremendous popularity of mobile computing and Android in particular has attracted millions of developers who see opportunities for building their own start-ups. As a consequence Computer Science students express an increasing interest into the related technology of Java development for Android applications. Android projects are complex by…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Computer Software, Computer Science Education