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The Advantages of Teaching Soft Skills to CS Undergrads Online
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The Advantages of Teaching Soft Skills to CS Undergrads Online

On the added value of teaching an online soft skills course to undergrad computer science students.

Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning
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Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning

One does not get the impression the Google Translate and DeepL translation programs are self-learning and have made real progress.

CS Teachers, It's (Past) Time To Learn About Race
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CS Teachers, It's (Past) Time To Learn About Race

We need to send the message that we are willing to change CS education in order to address historic and systemic inequities.

The Remote Revolution Has to be Driven by Output, Not Salaries
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The Remote Revolution Has to be Driven by Output, Not Salaries

The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic has thrown us all for a loop and forced countless companies to shutter their offices, warehouses, and everything else.  Working...

Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?
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Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?

Is a skill-based, multi-level win-win, and (almost) zero-cost model for undergraduate science and engineering programs in a research university plausible?

Students Get the Idea They're Unwanted When There Are Enrollment Barriers: Touring the Best of SIGCSE 2020
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Students Get the Idea They're Unwanted When There Are Enrollment Barriers: Touring the Best of SIGCSE 2020

Best paper awardee at SIGCSE 2020 on the impacts on first-year students of competitive enrollment.

Holding a Conference Online and Live, Due to COVID-19
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Holding a Conference Online and Live, Due to COVID-19

A report on EDBT/ICDT 2020.

Learning Computational Thinking to Dominate the Music Industry
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Learning Computational Thinking to Dominate the Music Industry

Music can be a context for middle school students to learn about computational thinking and data science. In a game environment, students can play the role in which...

Computational Thinking or Computational Teamwork?
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Computational Thinking or Computational Teamwork?

Computational thinking can sound like "CS-minus." Is there a "CS-plus" that makes CS more attractive and approachable by all?

Contingency Plans for CS Students in Large Classes
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Contingency Plans for CS Students in Large Classes

Some of our students will get sick before the end of the term. We need a plan.

Powerful Online Learning is a Distributed System
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Powerful Online Learning is a Distributed System

In the midst of a pandemic, universities are now rapidly shifting to online and remote learning. Here, I will suggest a core metaphor for what powerful online learning...

Clean Code Isn't Enough; It Must Be Crystal Clear, Too
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Clean Code Isn't Enough; It Must Be Crystal Clear, Too

Writing clean code is a great start, but for programmers who really want to master their craft, you have to go further. You need to write clear code that other...

Beware of Hurting Our Weakest Students when Moving Classes Online
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Beware of Hurting Our Weakest Students when Moving Classes Online

Our weakest students should not be the ones bearing the greatest costs of moving classes online.

Getting a Program Right (6)
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Getting a Program Right (6)

Thanks for your patience.

Getting a Program Right (5)
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Getting a Program Right (5)

Are we there yet?

Getting a Program Right (2)
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Getting a Program Right (2)

Trying to fix a binary search attempt.

Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'
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Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'

Morgan Ames' book highlights the missing HCI design process for the XO Laptop 

Getting a Program Right (1)
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Getting a Program Right (1)

Why it is good to have a systematic approach to software verification.

There is More Than One Way to Become a Good Programmer
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There is More Than One Way to Become a Good Programmer

A recent Communications of the ACM article casts aspersions on the innovative concept of code academy, a fast-developing approach to teaching programming. The analysis...
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