Java Online–Recommendations for Design of Online Computing Modules

Grice, S.; Whaley, H.; Peiris, D. R. and Hughes, J. (2006). Java Online–Recommendations for Design of Online Computing Modules. In: 10th Anniversary Java and the Internet in the Computing Curriculum Conference, 3 Feb 2006, London.


This paper describes the development of a fully online version of a face-to-face Java module designed to overcome the well-known problems of online modules such as lack of student motivation and absence of social interaction. These problems can result from the use of materials created for a face-to-face experience without re-development into an appropriately interactive format. Face-to-face modules offer a wide variety of learning experiences for students. These were provided in the online module, with the exception of the human elements: a module tutor is judged to be essential to provide the human aspect for support and guidance. Further recommendations are made about module design and the use of technology to deliver deep understanding of complex topics such as object-oriented programming.

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