Jeremiah Blanchard, PhD in Computer Engineering, TBD

Jeremiah Blanchard is a member of the INIT Lab and is working on a bridge between educational and production programming languages. He has a passion for the education and computer science fields and is particularly interested in the nexus of these important topics (and game development as it relates to these topics).

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Position in INIT Lab = Graduate Research Assistant
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Blanchard, J., Gardner-McCune, C., Anthony, L. 2015. Bridging Educational Programming and Production Languages. Paper for the “Every Child a Coder” workshop, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC’2015), Boston, MA, 21 June 2015. [Pdf]


Video for SIGCSE 2020: Dual-Modality Environments

As I was not able to present my paper (Dual-Modality Instruction and Learning: A Case Study in CS1) at SIGCSE 2020 due to travel restrictions and social distancing directives, I prepared a video presentation which can be watched at the link: I’ll continue to follow up on this work […]


Bridging Languages paper accepted to ICER Doctoral Consortium

This summer, I was accepted as a participant in the ICER2017 Doctoral Consortium. It was a fantastic experience! The ACM partially funded my trip through a travel reimbursement, so I was able to attend the ICER2017 conference in Tacoma, WA, where I had the chance to meet and exchange ideas […]


Bridging Languages Project: Middle school study

It’s been a long time since my last update, so there’s lots to cover! As a recap, I have been investigating hybrid environments, which provide multiple representations of the same code. In particular, I’ve been looking into Pencil Code, which is a bi-directional environment – it lets students go back […]


Bridging Languages Project: Progress and new initiatives

In the last blog post, I wrote about how we completed our study – of a summer camp in which kids learned how to make games in Scratch – and how we were analyzing the data. We’ve completed that analysis and hope to see it published soon. Our analysis focuses […]


Bridging Languages Project: Summer camp study

Over the summer, I ran a study with children ages 7-12 at a gaming summer camp in Winter Park, FL. The aim of this study was to begin to identify programming constructs students find motivating, and those they struggle with, in block-based environments. We ran the 1-week summer camp with […]