Special Projects 2004

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 2004:

Creating Computer Exercises Involving Computer Security
Charles Ashbacher
Mount Mercy College
Award: $1,000
Award Date: February 2004

This project will develop software to demonstrate particular concepts in computer security: code obfuscation and steganography (in this case, the hiding of messages in image files). The final source code and documentation will be released as open source and posted on the SIGCSE web site

A Remote Program Viewer
Charles Dierbach (cdierbach@towson.edu)
Towson University
Award: $2,768
Award Date: May 2004

This project involves the development of a remote program viewer allowing two users anywhere across the Internet to view a common set of program files and interactively discuss. Such a tool would be useful for both student-instructor interaction, and collaborative learning by students. http://triton.towson.edu/~dierbach/RemoteViewer/Main.htm

Projects in Wireless and Ad-Hoc Network Simulation
Chris McDonald
University of Western Australia
Award: $2,700
Award Date: May 2004

This project will extend the existing cnet networking simulator to support the exciting new areas of mobile and ad-hoc networks through the addition of wireless Ethernet and Bluetooth communication links. New laboratory and project exercises, examining table-driven and on-demand protocols, will also be developed.

Towards the development of "best practices" for teaching information assurance courses
Rose Shumba (shumba@iup.edu)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Award: $2,853
Award date: July 2004

The aim of this project is to provide some groundwork towards the development of "best practices" for the teaching of information assurance courses. This will be achieved by the evaluation of the effectiveness of available CERT recommended security tools, developing hands-on laboratory exercises for the tools and then integrating the developed hands- on lab exercises and the theories and principles of information assurance courses. A student will be hired to assist with the project.

A visualization system to support software development comprehension: evaluation
Charles Boisvert (cboisver@ccn.ac.uk)
City College Norwich, UK
Award:$4896
Award Date: August 2004

eL-CID supports students' understanding of program development by visualising development history. This project aims to evaluate eL-CID with introductory programming students in a classroom setting. I will build a set of teaching examples and carry out a questionnaire evaluation, analyze forum transcripts and if conditions allow run a crossover study.

Designing and Evaluating Programs in Computer Science Education
Justus Randolph (justusrandolph@yahoo.com)
University of Joensuu, Finland
Award: $4,750
Award Date: August 2004

A research project to develop best practices in designing and evaluating programs in CS education is proposed. Research activities will include a systematic review of CSE programs and confirm tory case studies of the design and evaluation process of three CSE programs

A Course on Ethical Issues in Computing Linking Students at Villanova University and Universidade Nova de Lisboa
William Fleischman (william.fleischman@villanova.edu)
Villanova University and Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Award: $3,400
Award Date: December 2004

This project will support development of course materials and implementation of interactive videoconference sessions linking undergraduate students at Villanova University and Universidade Nova de Lisboa in discussions of ethical issues in computing. The project is seen as a means of broadening the perspectives of students at both institutions