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PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Islam Almusaly


Friday, December 2, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Custom Keyboards for Inputting Programs on Touchscreen Devices
Blocks-based programming environments are widely used to teach learners programming concepts. The input mechanism of these programming environments, however, remains the same. They use the drag-and-drop approach as their primary input. Blockly is one of the popular blocks-based programming environments. We designed and implemented a custom-made keyboard for inputting blocks in Blockly. We are going to explore inputting blocks using this keyboard and compare it to the drag-and-drop approach. We are interested in finding how this keyboard affects the speed of blocks input. In addition, we want to find out the perceived workload of using such keyboard. Finally, we will conduct a survey to know the users' preference of the two input methods.

Co-Major Advisor: Carlos Jensen
Co-Major Advisor: Ronald Metoyer
Committee: Eric Walkingshaw
Committee: Kenneth Funk
GCR: Mike Pavol


Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
1114
Nicole Thompson
1 541 737 3617
Nicole.Thompson at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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