Title page for ETD etd-05162011-222439


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Woods, Michael John
Author's Email Address mjw87@vt.edu
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
  • Education
  • CS1
Date of Defense 2011-05-03
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Since 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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