Nifty assignments

Nick Parlante, Julie Zelenski, Ben Stephenson, Ali Malik, Phil Ventura, Michael Guerzhoy, David Reed, Josh Hug

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

I suspect that students learn more from our programming assignments than from our much worried-over lectures, with their slide transitions and attempts at live coding in lecture. A great assignment is deliberate about where the student hours go, concentrating the student's attention on material that is interesting and useful. The best assignments solve a problem that is topical and entertaining, providing motivation for the whole stack of work. Unfortunately, creating great programming assignments is both time consuming and error prone. The Nifty Assignments special session is all about promoting and sharing the ideas and ready-to-use materials of successful assignments. Each presenter will introduce their assignment, give a quick demo, and describe its niche in the curriculum and its strengths and weaknesses. The presentations (and the descriptions below) merely introduce each assignment. A key part of Nifty Assignments is the mundane but vital role of distributing the materials – handouts, data files, starter code – that make each assignment ready to adopt. The Nifty Assignments home page, nifty.stanford.edu, gathers all the assignments and makes them and their support materials freely available. If you have an assignment that works well and would be of interest to the CSE community, please consider applying to present at Nifty Assignments. See nifty.stanford.edu for more information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages912-913
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351034
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 21 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2018 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Feb 21 2018Feb 24 2018

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Volume2018-January

Conference

Conference49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2018
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period2/21/182/24/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

Keywords

  • Assignments
  • Education
  • Examples
  • Homeworks
  • Library
  • Nifty
  • Pedagogy
  • Repository

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