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Author Shellington, W.A. ♦ Humphries, T.O. ♦ Morsi, R. ♦ Rizvi, M.A.E.
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2015
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Education ♦ Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations
Subject Keyword Games ♦ Syntactics ♦ Programming ♦ Java ♦ Graphics ♦ mobile computing ♦ computer science education
Abstract According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [1], computer science professions are among the fastest growing occupations in the U.S., and computer science occupations will add more than half a million new jobs in the next ten years. Simultaneously, universities in the U.S. and worldwide are seeing poor retention rates in computer science, with a major reason being that students often view the early courses in the subject as uninteresting and dull [2]. We have developed a mobile game that provides an engaging way for students to practice the basic syntax of C, C++ and Java. Learning programming language syntax is a tedious process. Practicing by actually programming is, of course, ideal, but we believe that a game which is fun for students to play in their spare time will help them get used to distinguishing correct syntactical constructs quickly. The initial version of the game was evaluated by a small population of first-year computer science students at Norfolk State University. The results showed that students enjoyed the game, and that a modest improvement in the students' abilities to identify correct and incorrect syntax was achieved.
Description Author affiliation: Norfolk State Univ., Norfolk, VA, USA (Shellington, W.A.; Humphries, T.O.; Morsi, R.) || Nazarbayev Univ., Astana, Kazakhstan (Rizvi, M.A.E.)
ISBN 9781479984541
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-10-21
Publisher Place USA
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Size (in Bytes) 1.04 MB
Page Count 4
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 4

Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library