Teaching Computer Science via Gaming

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?

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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