Special Projects 2005

Since 2003 SIGCSE has awarded a limited number of Special Projects Grants each year. These grants help SIGCSE members investigate and introduce new ideas in the learning and teaching of computing. Projects must provide some clear benefit to the wider disciplinary community in the form of new knowledge, developing or sharing of a resource, or good practice in learning, teaching, or assessment.

Here is a list of the awards given in 2005:

Programming External RAM via a PC Parallel Port
David Heise (dheise@ccis.edu)
Columbia College
Award: $2,000
Award Date: March 2005

This project will create the hardware and software tools for Computer Architecture students to load programs onto the processor they construct for the course from a PC parallel port, obviating the tedious process of programming machine code using switches.

Software Architecture Improvement through Test-driven Development: An Empirical Study
David Janzen (DJANZEN@bethelks.edu)
Bethel College
Award: $4,635
Award Date: May 2005

Test-driven development promises to improves software through both design and testing. This project will perform a series of empirical studies that will examine the efficacy of test-driven development, explore its place in the undergraduate curriculum, and evaluate an educational approach called test-driven learning.

Training to Persist in Computing Careers
Kristi Honaker (pace_nsf@vt.edu)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Award: $4,900
Award Date: July 2005

We will develop a Career Resilience toolkit and training module designed to help students cope with computing career stressors. The project's ultimate goal is to retain minority computing students by encouraging the development of soft skills and coping strategies. The toolkit will include step-by-step modules SIGCSE members can facilitate.

Creating a Disciplinary Commons in Computer Science Through the use of Course Portfolios
Josh Tenenberg (jtenenbg@u.washington.edu)
Award date: August 2005

Training to Persist in Computing Careers
Kristi Honaker (klh1967@vt.edu)
Award date: August 2005

Software Architecture Improvement through Test-driven Development: An Empirical Study
David Jenzen
Award date: August 2005

Programming External RAM via a PC Parallel Port
David Heise (dheise@ccis.edu )
Award date: August 2005

A Course on Ethical Issues in Computing Linking Students at Villanova University and Universidade Nova de Lisboa
William Fleishmann (william.fleischman@villanova.edu)
Award date: August 2005

Designing and Evaluating Programs in Computer Science Education
Justus Randolph (justus.randolph@cs.joensuu.fi)
Award date: August 2005

Creating a Disciplinary Commons in Computer Science Through the use of Course Portfolios
Josh Tenenberg (jtenenbg@u.washington.edu)
University of Washington, Tacoma
Award: $4,990
Award date: August 2005

The Portfolio Commons involves the collaborative production and peer review of course portfolios by faculty teaching at both 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities in western Washington state. The goals are
to document and share knowledge about student learning in CS and to improve the quality of CS teaching by incorporating scholarly practices for making teaching public, peer-reviewed, and amenable for future use
and development by other CS educators.

Seeing the Coding Process: Increasing Novice program Development Skills through Video Enhanced Case Studies
Simon Gray (SGRAY@wooster.edu)
Award date: November 2005

Creating a SIGCSE Presence in the Former Soviet Union
John Impagliazzo (John.Impagliazzo@hofstra.edu)
Award date: November 2005

First International Workshop on Phenomography in Computing Education Research
Raymond Lister (raymond@it.uts.edu.au)
Anders Berglund
Award date: November 2005

Knowledge Construction of Abstract Concepts in Introductory Computer Science
Tim Yuen (tyuen@mail.utexas.edu)
Award date: November 2005

A Methodological Review of Computer Science Research 2000 - 2005
Justus Randolph (justus.randolph@cs.joensuu.fi)
Award date: December 2005

Accessible Software Engineering for the Visually Impaired (ASEVI)
Stephanie Ludi (salvse@rit.edu)
Award date: December 2005