SIGCSE, Keynote #1, Fred Brooks. (Yes, THAT Fred Brooks.) « Nick Falkner

March 2, 2012 at 7:34 am 1 comment

Nick is doing an amazing job with play-by-play blog posts of SIGCSE 2012 — I recommend reading there for what’s going on!

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr is a pretty well-know figure in Computer Science. Even if you only vaguely heard of one of his most famous books “The Mythical Man Month“, you’ll know that his impact on how we think about projects, and software engineering projects in general, is significant and he’s been having this impact for several decades. He’s spent a lot of time trying to get student Software Engineering projects into a useful and effective teaching form – but don’t turn off because you think this is only about ICT. There’s a lot for everyone in what follows.

His keynote on Thursday morning was on “The Teacher’s Job is to Design Learning Experiences; not Primarily to Impart Information” and he covered a range of topics, including some general principles and a lot of exemplars. He raised the old question: why do we still lecture? He started from a discussion of teaching before printing, following the development of the printed word and into the modern big availability, teleprocessed world of today.

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  • 1. nickfalkner  |  March 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Thanks, Mark! I’m still trying to sufficiently represent Hal’s talk this morning in a way that captures the fantastic nature of the talk without me having to write 5,000 words.


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