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Gameful Computational Thinking

Inspired by CS for All?  The Programming Systems Lab, led by Professor Gail Kaiser, is building a collaborative game-based learning and assessment system that infuses computational thinking in grade 6-8 curricula.  For the Spring 2018 semester, we’re recruiting students interested in collaborating as a Scrum team to operationalize an MVP which includes several features:
  • A gameful direct instruction system that embeds Parson’s Programming Puzzles in Scratch
  • A gameful constructionism mode that integrates scoring systems for play and automated formative assessment through Blockly
  • A gameful intelligent tutor that provides hints on-demand and just-in-time via clustering, sequential pattern mining, and behavior detection algorithms
  • A gameful affinity space that enables curricula assimilation with quest management and learning metrics using Node.js and Angular
Our projects with students from previous semesters have resulted in the development of a rich architecture and we anticipate a productive period ahead with opportunities for co-authorship of publications that document results from field studies with grade 6-8 students.  Participants will register for 3 credits of COMS E6901, section 028.  CVN students are welcome.  To learn more, please contact Jeff Bender, jeffrey.bender@columbia.edu.
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