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Bringing static code to life: The instructional work of animating computer programs with the body

  • Author(s): Flood, VJ
  • Deliema, D
  • Abrahamson, D
  • et al.
Abstract

© ISLS. In this preliminary report, we propose a previously unidentified role that instructors’ gestures may play in helping students evaluate existing computer code. We find that instructors use gesture to animate processes encoded in the static inscriptions of computer programs in order to make invisible, dynamic phenomena perceptible to students. Our findings contribute to a better understanding of the embodied instructional work of teaching programming.

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