The impact of game design on students' interest in CS

Yolanda Rankin, Amy Gooch, Bruce Gooch
2008 Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Game development in computer science education - GDCSE '08  
We examine the effect of game design on students' attitudes, specifically interest in attaining a Computer Science degree, continued development of programming skills and experience in game design. Students in a Computer Science Survey course are given the task of applying software engineering principles in the context of game design. Using the Game Maker platform, students are divided into teams and participate in collaborative game design for 2.5 weeks. Pre and post survey results reveal that
more » ... game design can have both a positive and negative impact on students' attitudes about Computer Science, game design and further development of programming skills. Furthermore, it is imperative that assignments are carefully planned and cover appropriate material in respect to time constraints if the goal is to positively influence students' attitudes and lead to positive learning outcomes.
doi:10.1145/1463673.1463680 dblp:conf/fdg/RankinGG08 fatcat:mhnplv5qubd6dg5iyndsv3qs3e