This past weekend I hosted the UCOSP code sprint at the University of Alberta. About 40 students and 7 project mentors came here for an intensive weekend-long session of software development.
UCOSP – the Undergraduate Capstone Open-Source Project – is a distributed software-engineering course that brings together undergraduate students across Canada (and sometimes North [...]
I, and, I know, many of my colleagues too, fret over designing our project-based courses. Courses in the computing-science sub-disciplines within the generally construed “systems/applications” area, like databases, software engineering, operating systems and architecture, frequently use projects.
I am a strong believer in learning-by-doing (the fundamental principle of constructivist pedagogical theories) and learning in teams [...]
I have had two interesting (and rather intense) professional experiences recently, which made me say to myself a few times “the Devil is in the Details”. And I wanted to reflect (i.e., think aloud) upon these experiences and so I went and looked at Wikipedia where the expression comes from. And there, I found that [...]
Christmas vacations are over but school has not started yet. I am finding myself in this buffer green zone between break and term, which looks peaceful on the calendar description but is actually brewing with activity. And this is my excuse for why I am late with this post, in case anyone cares for excuses. [...]
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