From: Kelvin Sung []

Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 11:35 PM

To: John Nordlinger

Cc: Ivan Lumala; Kelvin Sung

Subject: Award Number: 15871 - Nov-Dec 2007 Progress Report (XNA Based Games-Themed Programming Assignments)


Re:       Award Number: 15871: Nov/Dec 2007 Progress Report

(XNA Based Games-Themed Programming Assignments)



Due to mid/end of quarter rush, we missed reporting the project progress in November 2007. The project is progressing well with initial in-classroom assessments start to appear. In November and December 2007, we have accomplished:


  1. GDCSE: Our paper submission to GDCSE was accepted (25% accepted). Mike Panitz and Kelvin Sung will attend the conference in late February.
  2. Journal of Game Development (JOGD): Our GDCSE paper was selected as one of the best papers, and we are invited to submit a full length paper to the Winter 2008 issue of JoGD. We have written and submitted a 24-page paper detailing our project. We were told that the reviewing process will be expedited and  we should know the status of the submission by mid/end January 2008.
  3. Assessment Forms and Procedures: we have refined and obtained final approval for all of our survey forms. We have refined our assessment procedures to ensure privacies of participating students.  
  4. Assessments: we have begun using and collecting results from using the assignments. We will wait for feedback from the Winter/Spring of 2008 and begin analyzing the data in early Summer.
  5. New games class: we have designed and finalized a new games class to be offered in Spring 2008, where we will use the assignments and infrastructure (library, XBOX etc.) from this project. This new class will be interesting because while the ultimate goal is for students to learn about concepts in program development, students will build interactive games and develop game-like applications on the XBOX console.
  6. XNA 2.0: we have updated all our materials to XNA 2.0. We do expect some bugs in this transition, but we are optimistic that the problems will be minor.