Computational Thinking in Augmented Reality: An Investigation of Collaborative Debugging Practices

Cheng Yu Chung, I. Han Hsiao

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Abstract

The uniqueness of Augmented Reality (AR) is its affordance to support learning abstract concepts by rich information, visualization and the integration of user-content interaction. Research has shown that abstract idea and invisible phenomena can be learned better with the support of AR. However, high complexity and conceptual Computational Thinking (CT), such as algorithm design and related programming concepts, are rarely studied empirically in the intersection with immersive technology. This study is aimed at addressing this issue and providing a piece of quantitative and empirical evidence to AR-supported Computer Science discipline-based learning. We designed a mobile AR-enabled application based on a CT framework and related AR affordances in the literature. This app can contextualize a programming debugging task and support program editing CT learning. A controlled laboratory study was designed and conducted. The result of statistical analyses shows that participants with the AR support made better quality of programs with lower errors and less amount of code edits, compared to those without the AR support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020
EditorsDaphne Economou, Alexander Klippel, Heather Dodds, Anasol Pena-Rios, Mark J. W. Lee, Dennis Beck, Johanna Pirker, Andreas Dengel, Tiago M. Peres, Jonathon Richter
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages54-61
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781734899504
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Event6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2020Jun 25 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020

Conference

Conference6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/21/206/25/20

Keywords

  • augmented reality
  • collaborative learning
  • computational thinking
  • computer science education
  • debugging practices
  • learn to code
  • mobile app

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Media Technology
  • Education

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