Teaching Programming with Graphics: Pitfalls and a Solution

Luca Chiodini, Juha Sorva, Matthias Hauswirth

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference article in proceedingsScientificvertaisarvioitu

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Many introductory programming courses employ graphics libraries that promote engagement and enable fun visuals. However, student excitement over graphical outputs is not a guarantee of conceptual understanding of programming, and graphics may even distract from intended learning outcomes. Our contribution is twofold. First, we analyze a selection of existing graphics libraries designed for novice programmers. We consider how these libraries foster clean decomposition, direct students’ attention to key content, and manage complexity; we find shortcomings in these respects. These shortcomings involve the libraries’ support for global coordinates and external graphics, as well as their rich APIs; we argue that these features, although powerful, are also potential pitfalls in student learning. Second, we present the design of a new graphics library, PyTamaro, which avoids the pitfalls with a minimalist design that eschews coordinates; we also outline a pedagogical approach that builds on PyTamaro’s strengths and deliberate limitations. We briefly discuss PyTamaro’s trade-offs in comparison to coordinate-based libraries. The work reported here paves the way for future empirical evaluations of PyTamaro and associated teaching practices.
OtsikkoProceedings of the 2023 ACM SIGPLAN International Symposium on SPLASH-E
ToimittajatMolly Q. Feldman, Michael Hilton
ISBN (elektroninen)979-8-4007-0390-4
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 18 lokak. 2023
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity - Cascais, Portugali
Kesto: 22 lokak. 202327 lokak. 2023


ConferenceACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity


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