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Posts from SIGCSE: Integrating ethics through mock trials

March 26, 2008

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Roxanne Canosa and Joan Lucas discuss ways of integrating ethics into computing teaching (pdf). This is increasingly important for computer science educators as several ABET criteria relate to ethics. They use a system of mock trials as a teaching technique. They see such trial as like a debate but is more structured; like a case […]

Posts from SIGCSE: snapshot of ethics in computing programmes

March 26, 2008

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Carol Spradling has done a survey of how undergraduate computing programmes incorporate ethics (pdf). Of her respondents (36% of 700), 88% include social and professional issues as part of their computing degree. It is primarily taught by computer science faculty, most of whom have had no special training (77%). She is pleased that the decision […]

Posts from SIGCSE: bring on Alice 3

March 15, 2008

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Wanda Dann, Dennis Cosgrove and co are hosting several hundred academics at the Alice tea-party today. We’ve used Alice for several years now in our introductory programming courses. Dale and Patricia have carefully measured learning outcomes (pdf). They, along with others, have found that students can get distracted by the building of characters (joining legs […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Marissa Mayer’s 9 lessons from Google

March 15, 2008

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Marissa Mayer is giving the keynote at SIGCSE. In her talk “Innovation, design and simplicity”, she’s talking about 9 lessons from Google. She’s given this talk before (Stanford podcasts)  but the insights for computer science education and the Q&A are new. Here’s my notes: 1. Creativity loves constraint Sometimes best ideas come from constraint. Eg […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Humanitarian FOSS project

March 14, 2008

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Ralph Morelli from Trinity College is leading a workshop at SIGCSE called “Teaching and Building Humanitarian Open Source Software” (with others including Heidi Elias and Janardham Iyengar).   This is an exciting move towards computing for sustainability. Humanitarian-FOSS is software that benefits humanity in some way. They use the word humanitarian in the broadest sense, so […]