Novis: A notional machine implementation for teaching introductory programming

Berry, Michael and Kölling, Michael (2016) Novis: A notional machine implementation for teaching introductory programming. In: Fourth International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LATICE 2016), March 31st - April 3rd, 2016, Mumbai, India. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Comprehension of programming and programs is known to be a difficult task for many beginning students, with many computing courses showing significant drop out and failure rates. In this paper, we present a notional machine imple- mentation, Novis, to help with understanding of program- ming and its dynamics for beginning learners. The notional machine offers an abstraction of the physical machine de- signed for comprehension and learning purposes. Novis pro- vides a real-time visualisation of this notional machine, and is integrated into BlueJ.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: BlueJ; notional machine; program visualisation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.76 Computer software
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Computing Education Group
Depositing User: Michael Kolling
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 14:25 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2016 15:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54393 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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