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There is a burgeoning trend of smartphone ownership in Africa due to the low costs of Android smartphones and the global increase in social media usage. Building upon our previous work that introduced a smartphone-based coding course to secondary and tertiary students in Ghana via an in-person program and an online course, this work introduced Africans in 37 countries to our online smartphone-based course in 2019. Students in this 8-week course read lesson notes, submitted assignments, collaborated with peers and facilitators in an online forum, and completed open and closed-ended surveys after the course. We performed qualitative and quantitative analyses on the data from the course. Out of the 709 students that applied, 210 were officially admitted to the course after passing the preliminary assignments. At the end of the course, 72% of the 210 students completed the course. Additionally, students' assignment submissions and self-reports showed an understanding of the programming concepts, with comparable performance between males and females and across educational levels. Also, students mentioned that the lesson notes were easy to understand and they enjoyed the experience of writing code on their smartphones. Moreover, students adequately received help from peers and facilitators in the course forum. Lastly, results of a survey sent to students a year after completing this program showed that they had developed various applications, wrote online tutorials, and learned several tools and technologies. We were successful at introducing coding skills to Africans using smartphones through SuaCode Africa. Show more
Book titleProceedings of the 10th Computer Science Education Research Conference (CSERC '21)
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PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
SubjectSmartphones; Mobile phones; Online course; Coding; Introductory programming; Processing; Africa
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