From: Kelvin Sung []

Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 7:34 PM

To: John Nordlinger

Cc: Ivan Lumala; Kelvin Sung

Subject: RE: Award Number: 15871 - Feb 2008 Progress Report (XNA Based Games-Themed Programming Assignments)


Re:       Award Number: 15871: Feb 2008 Progress Report

(XNA Based Games-Themed Programming Assignments)



Over the past month we have accomplished:


  1. In classroom assessment: this is on-going, progresses well and strong.
  2. XNA-based introductory programming class with games: we have completed the planning for this class and have constructed an initial set of materials. We are very excited by this class and believe there is a very interesting potential for attracting new population to the CS discipline. We are taking our materials and visiting all sophomore classes on campus to demonstrate to students how they can all build a game when learning how to program. We are optimistic this will be a success.
  3. Hosted John Nordlinger from MSR on a talk on the ethics of computer games. This is an important piece of informaiton linking the game-themed assignments to real world implication. The talk went amazingly well. After the talk, we had the opportunities to talk about the implications of different types of games and social responsibility we have as citizens.
  4. GDCSE and SIGCSE: between these two conferences we have 4 presentations, two for the papers, and two for the tutorials (including the full day workshop at SIGCSE). We have been (and still are) busy preparing for these presentations.