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  • Status
    Completed!
    Charlie McDowell

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 15, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    Spread the word about pair programming in case there are any hold outs.

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    Organization
    UCSC
    Department
    Computer Science
    Additional Activity Info

    In 2002 we published the results of a study of pair programming showing that using pair programming in an introductory programming course dramatically increased retention. Pair programming is now an NCWIT “Promising Practice” (http://tinyurl.com/pairprogrammingNCWIT).

    In 2011, Salleh, Mendes, & Grundy published “Empirical Studies of Pair Programming for CS/SE Teaching in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review” in which they reviewed 73 studies (all but 4 published since our first report). One conclusion was that “Almost all studies’ findings reported that students’ satisfaction was higher when using PP compared with working individually.”

    Just do it. I firmly believe any pair programming method is better than making them work alone and live in fear of being accused of copying if they talk to anyone about their program. You don’t need a complicated system. At the VERY least, make pair programming an option for those that want to use it.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Retaining
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Charlie McDowell

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    November 13, 2013
    Target Completion Date: 
    November 13, 2013
    Goal statement: 
    Providing more community for the women in classes where there are small numbers of women.

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    Organization
    UC Santa Cruz
    Department
    Computer Science
    Goal tag(s): 
    Retaining
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Charlie McDowell

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    November 13, 2013
    Target Completion Date: 
    January 10, 2014
    Goal statement: 
    We are trying to get 10 female students to visit their high school alma maters when they go home for the holiday break.

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    Organization
    UC Santa Cruz
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Santa Cruz
    State
    CA
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees