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Some have proposed that realistic problem situations are better for learning. This issue contains two articles that examine the effects of “making it real” in computer architecture and human-computer interaction.
Context as Support for Learning Computer Organization
Allison Elliott Tew, Brian Dorn, William D. Leahy, Jr., Mark Guzdial
Article No.: 8
The ubiquity of personal computational devices in the lives of today's students presents a meaningful context for courses in computer organization beyond the general-purpose or imaginary processors routinely used. This article presents results of...
We describe the implementation of a six-week course to teach Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) to high school students. Our goal was to explore the potential of HCI in motivating students to pursue future studies in related computing fields....