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This usability study measured the ability of educators to master advanced computer programming concepts through the OWI Robotic Arm Trainer and PC Interface. Research findings revealed that the lack of prior computer programming experience did not impact the ability of each participant to successfully program his/her robotic arm. However, the absence of a detailed instructional manual detracted from the product’s usability. Future directions for research and the suitability of the robotic arm for use in an online teacher preparation course in robotics technologies are discussed at the conclusion of this paper.


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Bruciati, Antoinette D. "Using a Robotic Arm to Evaluate the Programming Ability of K-12 Educators." Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics 6.6 (2006): 100-105.