Programming Nation – A Learning And Teaching Programming Club


  • Foad Motalebi School of Engineering and Science Curtin University, Sarawak


Programming Club, Learning and Teaching Programming, Programming Facilitator


Learning and teaching programming would be beneficial to University students from any field. This is the motivation to establish a programming learning club at Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia. An advantage of a programming club is that participation in it would be motivated through the bonafide desire to learn rather than an extrinsic motivation . The club’s constitution will be formed. The main idea behind this club will be to learn programming through learning and teaching, believing in the concept that one can learn more when one teaches. The club's instructors will facilitate the first training sessions. After finishing a programming module, a student will be encouraged to facilitate another training of the same module for a new set of students. Before a student can facilitate training, he or she has to add one page of material to the ‘Lesson Notes’. After the training, the student facilitator, if so chooses can get feedback about his or her training from his or her students. Students will also be encouraged to form program development teams. A report at the end of the year will show the total classes taken and the success of the club's initiatives. The report would check if the computer programming knowledge of individual members has improved and it would check if students have started developing programs.


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How to Cite

Motalebi, F. (2014). Programming Nation – A Learning And Teaching Programming Club. Asian Journal of Computer and Information Systems, 2(6). Retrieved from