Educational Technology

March 19, 2011

Computer science programs use mobile apps to make coursework relevant

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Jenna Johnson, Washington Post

A Virginia Tech software engineering class in 2009 was discussing world problems and how computer science might offer solutions when a student piped up with a personal gripe. “You know what I hate?” the student said, according to assistant professor Eli Tilevich, who was teaching the class. “I never know when the bus is coming.” As Virginia Tech and other universities train a new generation of computer scientists, professors are asking students to create programs that address real-life problems, often through handy, smartphone-ready apps. It’s a break from traditional coursework such as sorting lists of numbers or re-creating programs that already exist.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/06/AR2011030603757.html

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