Luther College student researches online webservice

September 6, 2017

Runestone Interactive was founded in 2011 by Brad Miller, Luther College professor of computer science. Tyler Conzett, Luther junior of Galena, Illinois, maintained and developed features for Runestone Interactive’s online webservice for his summer research project at the college.

Conzett, the son of Don and Cathy Conzett, of Galena, is a 2015 graduate of Galena High School. He is majoring in computer science at Luther.

“[Research] has broadened my view of what working in the field of computer science is like and allowed me to apply my knowledge from Luther into a real-world application,” said Conzett.

Conzett worked with Brad Miller, professor of computer science, on his project “Runestone Interactive.”

Runestone Interactive provides tools and content for creating interactive computer science courseware and hosts a growing number of open source interactive textbooks written by award winning authors. Through continued development, Runestone Interactive would be able to serve more users and become more accessible to the public.

The group’s collaboration is one of 26 summer student-faculty research projects funded through Luther’s College Scholars Program and Dean’s Office. Luther’s Student-Faculty Summer Research projects provide students an opportunity to research topics of interest alongside Luther faculty. This program is one of a wide selection of experiential learning opportunities at Luther intended to deepen the learning process and that are part of Luther’s academic core.

The results of the project will be presented at Luther’s Student Research Symposium in 2018.

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