The Premier Award is given annually by the National Engineering Education Delivery System to recognize high-quality, non-commercial courseware designed to enhance engineering education. The award is sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, Autodesk, Mathworks, and Microsoft Research.
Brian Dorn is a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science and Professor Gary Leavens is his major advisor. He received the award as a co-presenter of Jerro in October at this year's conference in Savannah, GA.
Jeroo is a standalone software package designed to introduce students to the basics of object-oriented programming. It provides an engaging integrated development environment that consists of code editing facilities, execution mechanisms and program animation tools. The rich execution environment illustrates the semantics of fundamental control structures, clarifies the basic notions of using objects to solve problems and reinforces the use of methods. Jeroo provides two programming languages specifically designed to ease the transition to any of the following four general-purpose languages: Java, C++, C#, and VisualBasic.NET. Jeroo can be used at the college as well as the pre-college/high school levels. Author-conducted assessment indicates that all students, regardlesss of programming background or gender, found Jeroo a valuable tool; data also shows an improvement in retention, and boosted comfort and confidence levels among all students. Detaild information about Jerro can be found at here.