USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 8 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Game Development Workshop: How Our IT Students Promoting Critical Thinking

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Xin Xu, Thaonguyen Nguyen

In the past two years, we have recruited IT students to develop hands-on workshops using various software and hardware tools such as GameSalad, Scratch and MakeyMakey. These students have conducted multiple workshops to both college and high school students. The goals of these workshops are to promote problem-solving and logical thinking skills among non-IT students and to create an active learning environment to increase student engagement in general education IT courses. Workshop participants learn basic logic thinking and problem solving skills through pair programming while building a computer game. This presentation will share our experience of organizing such a project, which includes recruiting IT students, guiding students to develop hands-on materials for the workshops, and preparing students to conduct these workshops. Audiences of this presentation will have the opportunity to build a simple game using the materials developed for the workshops.

Wednesday April 8, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Room L

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