Multimedia-based visual programming promoting core competencies in IT education

V. J. Manzo, Matthew Halper, Michael Halper

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Abstract

Programming constitutes one of the core competencies demanded of any IT education. However, some students within certain specializations of this diverse discipline are inclined to question the need for programming. The use of a visual programming environment in the development of interactive multimedia applications can serve the dual purposes of getting students excited about programming and giving them the core knowledge they need. The visual language Max/MSP/Jitter ("Max"), geared toward music, audio, and video application programming, is introduced as an excellent vehicle toward achieving this goal. The foundational constructs of Max are introduced in a series of example programs dealing with music applications. Some details of an undergraduate IT course called "Interactive Music System Technology" that utilizes Max are presented. Overall, the use of Max in the undergraduate IT curriculum can enhance the student's experience (both in multimedia and in IT in general) and promote better programming skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGITE'11 - Proceedings of the 2011 ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education Conference
Pages203-208
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 21 2011
Event2011 ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education Conference, SIGITE'11 - West Point, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 20 2011Oct 22 2011

Publication series

NameSIGITE'11 - Proceedings of the 2011 ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education Conference

Other

Other2011 ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education Conference, SIGITE'11
CountryUnited States
CityWest Point, NY
Period10/20/1110/22/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Education

Keywords

  • Computer music
  • Digital audio
  • Multimedia
  • Programming language

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