From ACM Technews: http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/21095.html –
“Far from draining the field of the most talented IT workers, there is
a distinct possibility that the IT downturn may be weeding out
Nikolay V. Shilov and Kwangkeun Yi
“Training sessions are good opportunities to present students with
challenging programming problems that cannot be solved without
theoretical background in spite of simple formulation. The trainers
should provide students with background theory as soon as
students realize the programming complexity of these problems.”
– Kwangkeun Yi’s site has a lot of papers on formal methods. Puzzles for Learning Model Checking, Model Checking for Programming Puzzles, Puzzles for Testing Model Checkers seems interesting.
Andrea Beth Campbell and Roy P. Pargas
This paper is about mandatory laptop use in the classroom, but since
our labs are one-computer-one-student, the insights are useful. Here
were the uses they observed:
– posting instructional material online
– animating and demonstrating concepts
– collaborative learning exercises
– instant feedback
– automatic program execution and visualization
– evaluation and testing
The instant feedback thing looks particularly useful, and I will certainly try to write an online system for that – or adapt http://www.moodle.org, which greatly impressed me when I last checked it.
Amanda Miller, Judy Kay
I can’t find a free online URL for this, but it’s in the ACM Digital Library.
Maybe it might be a good idea to have compulsory group mentoring for freshmen computer science students…