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Applying Second Language Acquisition to Facilitate a Blended Learning of Programming Languages

PI Lulu Sun

This research seeks to fundamentally change how students learn programming using Second Language Acquisition and Blended Learning (SLA-aBLe). This approach can be easily transferred to K-12 curricula, increasing access to STEM learning for diverse student populations. By developing an engineering faculty member's expertise in engineering education research, it will enhance communication and collaboration among faculty members and student researchers in different disciplines.

The project seeks to apply well-developed cognitive frameworks in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) to develop a new Blended Learning (aBLe) approach to teaching programming languages. This approach will accommodate a variety of learning needs and abilities, while potentially increasing student engagement in online components. It will provide better preparation for face-to-face classes that will emphasize the problem solving needed in other general education courses instead of just keywords, syntax, and symbols. It will also encourage the development of problem solving skills students need to persist in a lifetime of learning. Visit our project website: http://www.i-m.mx/sla/slaable/ for more details.

Research Dates

08/15/2015 to 08/15/2017


  • Christina Frederick
    Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
    Ph.D., M.S., University of Rochester
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    Aerospace Engineering Department
    M.S., B.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Lulu  Sun
    Engineering Fundamentals
    Ph.D., University of California-Riverside

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