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Work in progress — An immersion course concentration in mobile web computing

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In the modern world of computing, diverse mobile devices connect to the internet and typically share data stored within the cloud. To live and succeed in this world, it is imperative that all majors, especially engineering majors, have an in-depth, not introductory, understanding of topics in mobile web computing. This paper explores the design and development of an immersion concentration of courses in these topics as part of general education at our institution. The concentration consists of courses that introduce hands-on programming of mobile devices; the issues in and the impact of architectural and distributed computing; and finally secure data management, privacy, and legal issues in mobile web computing. All of these courses focus on developing critical thinking, modern communication, contemporary issues, and life-long learning issues in the context of hands-on mobile computing. This work-in-progress paper motivates this effort, discusses the main features of the proposed courses, outlines some of the challenges being faced, and summarizes the current status of this ongoing effort.

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Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2011

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12-15 Oct. 2011