From: Kelvin Sung
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 5:46 PM
To: Kelvin Sung; 'John Nordlinger'
Cc: 'Ivan Lumala'
Subject: Award Number: 15871 - April
2007 Progress Report (XNA Based Games-Themed Programming Assignments)
Award Number: 15871: April 2007 Progress
(XNA Based Games-Themed Programming
April 2007, we have accomplished the
- Finalized the design of an XNA assignment template
(this is incremental work from March):
- Assignment Specification: included in this
specification will be
i. Key concepts
iii. Suggested number of
lecture-hours before using this assignment
- Grading Rubric
- Pre/Post Tests
- FAQ for faculty/students: this would include frequently
asked questions and frequent mistakes
- XNA and regular C# implementations
- Step-by-step guide for faculty and student on the XNA
- Assessment form for external faculty evaluator
- Completed the draft of 2 XNA assignment
- Assignments: Burst-A-Bubble and Monte-Carlo
- Currently, we are refining these two assignment
- Completed a draft of XNA library for developing
programming assignments. This library has the following characteristics:
- Device independent: users can specific any coordinate
system to work in
- Graphics independent: users can draw circles,
rectangles at will and need not be aware of the underlying graphics
- Viewport and status: users can printout status
messages much like printing out status in a console.
- Dynamic Linking: the library is a DLL module. This
means users do not need to work with the source code of the library.
- We would like to send the assignment packages to
external faculty for first round of evaluation in late May/early June.
- Considering the “official starting
date” of our project is in June 2007, we are quite happy with the progress
we have made thus far. We are right on schedule for receiving feedback
from external faculty at the beginning of the summer where the bulk of the
work for the project will be completed.