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Using Visual Technologies to Promote Excellence in Computer Science Education

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Executive Summary

The purposes of this paper are to promote excellence in computer science by suggesting a cohesive innovative approach to fill well documented deficiencies in current computer science education, justify (using the authors' and others anecdotal evidence from both the classroom and the real world) why this approach holds great potential to successfully eliminate the deficiencies, and invite other professionals to join the authors in proof of concept research. The authors' experiences, though anecdotal, strongly suggest that a new approach involving visual modeling technologies should allow computer science programs to retain a greater percentage of prospective and declared majors as students become more engaged learners, more successful problem-solvers, and better prepared as programmers.

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