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A proposal of Android Programming Learning Assistant System with implementation of basic application learning

Yan Watequlis Syaifudin (Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan)
Nobuo Funabiki (Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan)
Minoru Kuribayashi (Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan)
Wen-Chung Kao (National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan)

International Journal of Web Information Systems

ISSN: 1744-0084

Article publication date: 8 October 2019

Issue publication date: 17 April 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

With rapid increase of Android devices and application systems, there is a strong demand for Android application programmers. A lot of schools are offering Android programming courses to meet this demand. However, Android programming can be different from the conventional one because it needs interactive functions through interfaces with users, which makes the study more difficult. This paper aims to propose an Android Programming Learning Assistance System, namely, APLAS, to assist the Java-based Android programming study and education.

Design/methodology/approach

By adopting the test-driven development method, APLAS is designed to achieve independent learning without the presence of teachers. Using JUnit and Robolectric, the answers from the students are automatically marked in APLAS. To cover extensive materials in Android programming, APLAS offers four stages where each stage involves several topics.

Findings

To evaluate the effectiveness of APLAS, we implemented the Unit Converter assignment that covers the first two topics, namely, Basic user interface in the first stage and basic activity in the second stage. Through solving the assignment, it is expected to learn basic application development. Forty novice students of an IT department in Indonesia were asked to solve both topics separately.

Originality/value

The results show that APLAS is useful and helpful for the self-study of Android programming, as they could complete codes with good execution performances.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are very grateful to Mr Pramana Yoga Saputra and Mr Rudy Ariyanto from State Polytechnic of Malang, and Mrs Inggriani Liem from Del Institute of Technology, for great helps in directing the students to solve the first APLAS assignment for evaluations. Yan Watequlis Syaifudin is also with State Polytechnic of Malang, Indonesia.

Citation

Syaifudin, Y.W., Funabiki, N., Kuribayashi, M. and Kao, W.-C. (2020), "A proposal of Android Programming Learning Assistant System with implementation of basic application learning", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 115-135. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWIS-08-2019-0038

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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