Steve comes to UNL from the CS Department at Stanford University. His research areas lie in computer science education, with particular interests in program visualization and in trying to understand how students learn to program. He is most well-known for his work with Alice and developing Alice-related curricular materials. Along with Wanda Dann and the late Randy Pausch, he has written many technical papers on Alice, as well as two texts, Learning to Program with Alice (2012, Prentice-Hall) and Exploring Wonderland (2010, Prentice-Hall). The latter text, which includes Barbara Ericson as a co-author, integrates Alice and Media Computation into a single CS1 course. From 2007-2009, Steve worked in NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education, within its Education and Human Resources Directorate. There, he worked as a program manager, and worked on the CCLI, ATE, NSDL, SFS, and S-STEM programs.
It is probably best to check Google Scholar or the ACM Digital Library for the most recent list of his publications. Please send an e-mail if a paper is not available.
Office: Kauffman 123
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0690
email: stephen.cooper "at" unl "dot" edu
Not teaching in spring 2016.
By appointment. Please e-mail to set up a time to meet.