Last week I was fortunate to attend a seminar at Schloss Dagstuhl. It was a unique, immersive, possibly once-in-a-lifetime experience of computer science flavoured academic inquiry. Seminar 18061 was titled: Evidence About Programmers for Programming Language Design. That’s quite a mouthful, but the basic idea is this – too often, design choices that go into new programming … More Dagstuhl Seminar 18061: Evidence about programmers for programming language design
I am conducting a survey of Introductory Programming modules (courses) at third-level institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you happen to teach a current Introduction to Programming course (during any semester) I would really appreciate if you would be willing to complete the survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Ireland_CS1). If you don’t teach on an intro course, but … More Calling Irish Third-Level Intro to Programming Lecturers!
Last Tuesday I attended a consultation session for the Leaving Certificate Computer Science Curriculum. This is Ireland’s shot at putting CS on the pre-university curriculum, specifically the Irish Senior Cycle – which leads right up to where secondary school and university meet. I am particularly interested in this as I teach, research, and am pretty … More Irish Computer Science Leaving Certificate Curriculum Consultation Update
I remember reading Matt Jadud‘s thesis and being struck by a paragraph on punched cards, repeated here with kind permission: In 1967, the Univac 1107 system running at Case University (later to become Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio, boasted an impressive turnaround-time of 12 hours on most jobs. Lynch reports that “A user … More Learning from instantaneous feedback designed for experts, provided by a machine
Recently I had ‘one of those moments’ in my CP1 lab. I am a little embarrassed to say that I spent the last few minutes of this session staring at a C function written by a student that wasn’t behaving the way it should. The students were asked to write a function that returns max value … More A killer novice bug
I have been teaching this semester in Beijing. The language of instruction is English but most of my students are not fluent – improving English is part of the program here. Two of my modules are CS1 and Computer Organization. Early on in this semester in both courses I encouraged students to look up a … More A great resource for non-native English speakers studying computing