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AgentCubes: Raising the Ceiling of End-User Development in Education through Incremental 3D
Department of Computer Science

Now that we have end-user programming environments capable of empowering kids with no programming background to build games in a matter of hours, a new quest for raising the ceiling of end-user development is emerging. Environments not only focusing on programming, but also including rich media such as 3D, could work as compelling tools for introducing information technology at the K-12 level, addressing even the problem of dwindling numbers of computer science student enrollments at universities. The new challenge is raising the ceiling without raising the threshold. Based on our experience with AgentSheets, which has been used worldwide for computational science and game design applications, we created a new authoring tool called AgentCubes. This article discusses the notion of Incremental 3D as a design approach for media-rich end-user development with low threshold and high ceiling in education.

Alexander Repenning is a computer science professor at the University of Colorado and the founder of AgentSheets Inc. Repenning's research interests include education, end-user programmable agents, and artificial intelligence. He has worked in research and development at Asea Brown Boveri, Xerox PARC, Apple Computer, and Hewlett Packard. Repenning is the creator of the AgentSheets simulation and game-authoring tool. He has taught game design nationally at Stanford, the MIT Media Lab, and University of Colorado as well as internationally in Europe and Japan. His work has received numerous awards including the Gold Medal from the mayor of Paris for "most innovative application in education of the World Wide Web" and "best of the best innovators" by ACM. Repenning is an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences, the European Commission, the National Science Foundation, The Japanese Ministry of Education and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)