Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Woods, Michael John Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-05162011-222439 Title CloudSpace: A Web Development Environment for CS1 Courses Degree Master of Science Department Computer Science Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Back, Godmar V. Committee Co-Chair Edwards, Stephen H. Committee Co-Chair Tilevich, Eli Committee Member Keywords
- Web Technologies
- Virtual Machines
Date of Defense 2011-05-03 Availability unrestricted AbstractSince a massive decline of computer science graduates in 2002, computer science departments
have been unable to reach previous graduation rates. In wake of this dramatic loss of
graduates, researchers have been searching for the reasons students are avoiding computer
science and choosing other majors.
To combat this decrease in computer science graduates, the CloudSpace environment pro-
vides additional context to entry level computer science courses. This shift in context re-
moves boring assignments from the early computer science curriculum and replaces them with
more engaging web centric assignments. The CloudSpace environment presents a model that
maintains student’s focus on core computer science competencies while providing a highly
simplified web development toolkit to develop feature rich AJAX web applications. This the-
sis includes the rational and implementation of a cloud based hosting service and a highly
abstracted web tool kit that enables students to replicate modern web applications.
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