Brief but good news

A happy surprise in my mailbox today, but first the background. We’ve been teaching Puzzle Based Learning at Adelaide for several years now, based on Professor Zbigniew Michalewicz’s concept for a course that encouraged problem solving in a domain-free environment. (You can read more details about it by searching for Puzzle Based Learning with the surnames Falkner, Michalewicz and Sooriamurthi – we’ve had work published on this in IEEE Computer and as a workshop at SIGCSE, among several others.) Zbyszek (Adelaide), Raja (Sooriamurthi, a Teaching Professor at CMU) and I teamed up with Professor Ed Meyer (Physics at Baldwin-Wallace) to put together a textbook proposal to help people teach this information.

Great news – our proposal has been accepted by an excellent publishing house who appear to be genuinely excited about the book! As this is my first book, I’m very excited and pleased – but it’s a great reflection on the strength of the team and our composite skills and background, especially with the inter-disciplinary aspects. I’ve seen a lot of exciting work come out of Baldwin-Wallace and, while this is my first time working with Ed, I’m really looking forward to it. (Zbyszek, Raja and I have worked together a lot but I’m still excited to be working with them again!)

Good news after a rather difficult week.

4 Comments on “Brief but good news”

  1. Mark Guzdial says:

    Congratulations! I’ll look forward to reading the book!


  2. Liz Phillips says:

    I have read at least one of your papers on this topic, Nick. I read one not long after meeting Matt Dunleavy, who has been experimenting with the educational value of augmented reality.
    I will want to read your textbook and apply what I learn from it to what I do in my classrooms. It may be something I want to talk about in my online digital literacy class or in the teacher prep course I adjunct.

    Congratulations to you and your collaborators, Nick! Looking forward to seeing your textbook!


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