In the past few years, there has been an increased interest in game-based learning as a powerful tool to stimulate students’ interest and promote their engagement in the learning process. In this paper, we discuss our experience in integrating gaming to teach a first programming course. The course is restructured and redesigned to allow teaching the basics of programming through games. Students actively use fundamental programming concepts learned to modify and create two dimension games using C# and XNA with .Net framework. This is an on-going work. Surveys and worksheets are developed to be used in assessing the effectiveness of the proposed approach.
Proceedings of the New Learning Technologies 2009 SALT® Conference
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Ichoua, S., “Integrating Games to Teach a First Programming Course”, in the Proceedings of the New Learning Technologies 2009 SALT® Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2009