Potential PhD Scholarship in the
Applied Gaming Technologies
It’s been a pleasure to be able to devote more of my time to research in the last year or so, and we’re now in the process of setting up a departmental research group in “Applied Gaming Technologies”. This new group will encompass my own research in game-based learning as well as colleagues who do existing research in gamification and serious games.
The group is also very interested in expanding our research interests into the field of novice programming – particularly as they apply to our own undergraduates learning to program games in C++ (in which we have an huge amount of practical expertise), but also to the younger students that we interact with as part of Computers at Schools and Games Britannia. Personally I have had a long-standing interest in novice programming tools (particularly GameMaker) and there is a lot of interesting research going on in this field linked to the UK government’s introduction of Computer Science into the school curriculum.
Sheffield Hallam University are offering another round of PhD scholarships this year, and so our research group has put forward a project proposal as follows:
“Rapid prototyping tools for teaching C++ game development C++ programming skills remain essential to the process of creating AAA videogame titles for mainstream console platforms like the PlayStation 4. These skills are highly prized throughout the IT industry, but developing the competencies required to build applications using C++ is a significant learning challenge. This project proposes to produce and evaluate a rapid-prototyping tool designed to scaffold the deep learning needed for such programming tasks. It will build on similar environments (e.g. BlueJ) by addressing their known limitations, and use the extensive experience of teaching game development within AGTRG (including on PS4 devkits) to enhance the learning experience through gamification.”
As usual applicants to to Hallam’s PhD scholarship scheme are welcome to propose their own projects too, but we think this would make a current and exciting PhD research project, and it would suit a student (or industry professional looking for a change of career) who has a strong software development background. We’re a friendly and enthusiastic bunch, with a crazy amount of cool toys at our disposal, so feel free to drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to discuss this further or have any questions…
6 Jan 2016 / Jake / 0