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dc.contributor.authorFlushman, Tanya R.
dc.contributor.authorGondree, Mark
dc.contributor.authorPeterson, Zachary N. J.
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-29T00:16:16Z
dc.date.available2015-07-29T00:16:16Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/45637
dc.description.abstractWe describe a novel approach to delivering an introductory computer science course for first-year undergraduates, using computer security topics to explore core CS concepts. Our course is a first attempt at merging aspects of capture the flag-style challenges, puzzle-based learning, and alternate reality games (ARGs), with the goal of improving student engagement, increasing awareness of security as a discipline and professional opportunity, and providing context for the social relevance of security to our lives. Our challenges synthesize hands-on problemsolving, immediate feedback on incremental progress, scaffolded learning, a loosely-connective narrative, and a sense of intrigue to draw students into active engagement with course material. In this paper, we motivate the use of ARG characteristics to connect course tasks, we discuss our goals, course design, and a mixed-method evaluation of our objectives (using reflective journaling, cognitive interviews, and pre- and post-surveys using an adaptation of the Computer Attitude Scale instrument), and summarize our preliminary findings.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported, in part, through an Intel-NSF-GTISC Security Education Micro-grant, by Google through a CS Engagement Small Award, and by the US National Science Foundation under awards #1140561 and #1419318.en_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThis is Not a Game: Early Observations on Using Alternate Reality Games for Teaching Security Concepts to First-Year Undergraduatesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Science (CS)


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