Teaching Computer Science via Gaming
26 July 2008 1 Comment
There is yet another lucrative initiative to attract more computer science graduates, the Gaming in Computer Science Initiative from Microsoft. This paper indicates:
…educators are turning to inventive and often unconventional classes to attract and ultimately teach the next generation of computer scientists. By offering a variety of game-inspired courses, colleges and universities are beginning to see a resurgence of interest in computer science, and are attracting a more energetic and engaged crop of students.
Apparently this has led to beneficial outcomes:
The schools we’re working with, the ones offering game-based courses, in some cases are seeing over a 100 percent growth in enrollment. It’s unprecedented the way students are responding to the gaming courses.
A lot of this work uses C# and the XNA games framework. Is this worth a try?