Volume 7

Volume 7, Number 38

May 19, 2009

8 pages557 K bytes

Introductory Programming with ALICE as a Gateway to the Computing Profession

W. Brett McKenzie
Roger Williams University
Bristol, RI 02837 USA

Abstract: To help reinvigorate the Computer Information Systems (CIS) major in the face of declining student interest, a new curriculum with more welcoming entering courses was implemented at an undergraduate school of business. One of the courses, the introductory programming course, was redesigned to focus on object-oriented, event driven, programming using ALICE, a 3D programming environment developed at Carnegie Mellon University and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This presentation addresses the rationale for selecting ALICE, the subsequent course design, and expectations for the future course developments.

Keywords: computer programming curriculum, Alice programming language, introductory course description

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Recommended Citation: McKenzie (2009). Introductory Programming with ALICE as a Gateway to the Computing Profession. Information Systems Education Journal, 7 (38). http://isedj.org/7/38/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2006: §2743. ISSN: 1542-7382.)