Steve comes to Nebraska from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University (where he also held a courtesy appointment in the School of Education). 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.
The Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education (TLTE) department's Innovative Learning Technologies group maintains a site for students interested in pursuing Masters and Doctoral degrees.
Office: Kauffman 123
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0690
email: stephen.cooper "at" unl "dot" edu
RAIK 163 - Innovation Processes.
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