From: Kelvin Sung [KSung@uwb.edu]
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)
Award Number: 15871: Nov/Dec 2007 Progress
(XNA Based Games-Themed Programming
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
- GDCSE: Our paper submission to GDCSE was accepted (25%
accepted). Mike Panitz and Kelvin Sung will attend the conference in late
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.