Overcoming the Fear of Coding: A Qualitative Analysis of the Remix Approach
Wednesday, June 21 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: Whitney
Presider: John Maune, Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan
Abstract: This paper explores the use of the remix approach to teach computer coding to students seeking a graduate degree and certification in Library and Information Studies. The goals of the paper are to 1) share the sequence used to teach computer coding with the Mozilla’s Thimble, and 2) to use the constant comparative method to examine reflective essays written by students who had just completed a five week unit on computer coding. The remix approach helped to reduce student anxiety, create a sense of independence and ownership of student projects, led to affective change in perceptions of coding, and students reported having fun in the process.