Learning Concurrency Concepts while Playing Games

Cornelia P. Inggs, Taun Gadd, Justin Giffard


We think that people will find it easier to learn concurrency concepts if they can play a game that challenges the player to solve puzzles using the same techniques required by a programmer to develop concurrent programs. This article presents two such games in which multiple threads of control are represented by multiple avatars that can perform actions concurrently in a game environment. The player controls the avatars by specifying a sequence of actions for each avatar to execute using a block-based visual syntax, independent of programming language. The avatars execute their actions in the game environment, showing the effect of every action.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Inggs C., Gadd T. and Giffard J. (2017). Learning Concurrency Concepts while Playing Games . In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: SGoCSL, ISBN 978-989-758-239-4, pages 597-602. DOI: 10.5220/0006374705970602

in Bibtex Style

author={Cornelia P. Inggs and Taun Gadd and Justin Giffard},
title={Learning Concurrency Concepts while Playing Games},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: SGoCSL,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: SGoCSL,
TI - Learning Concurrency Concepts while Playing Games
SN - 978-989-758-239-4
AU - Inggs C.
AU - Gadd T.
AU - Giffard J.
PY - 2017
SP - 597
EP - 602
DO - 10.5220/0006374705970602