This paper describes a project designed to promote problem solving and critical thinking skills in a general education, computing course at an open access institution. A visual programming tool, GameSalad, was used to enable students to create educational apps for mobile platforms. The students worked on a game development project for the entire semester, incorporating various skills learned throughout the semester. Pre and post quiz analysis showed a significant improvement in students’ ability to design comprehensive solutions to a given problem. Survey results also showed increased student engagement, high interest in computing and a “better” understanding of information technology.
Dekhane, Sonal; Xu, Xin; and Tsoi, Mai Y.
"Mobile App Development to Increase Student Engagement and Problem Solving Skills,"
Journal of Information Systems Education: Vol. 24
Available at: https://aisel.aisnet.org/jise/vol24/iss4/5