Category Archives: GEDI

Move to the Dark Side

I have officially moved my blog away from blogs.lt.vt.edu to my own website: hazyblue.me, which eventually will host not only my blog, but also my teaching philosophy, CV and other professional- related tidbits. I hope that everyone will follow me … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in ECE2524, GEDI, GRAD 5104, vtclis13

ToDo: Make ECE2524 Obsolete

Why would I want to eliminate the course that I’ve been teaching the past four semesters, that I have put so many hours into to update content, create new assignments, written (and re-written each semester… another topic altogether) a set … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in ece2524s13, engineering education, GEDI, programming, vtclis13

Both sides of auto-grading argument miss the point

A recent story in the New York Times covers a software program by nonprofit EdX that will soon be available for free to any institution that wants to use it. Using sophisticated machine learning algorithms to train its artificial intelligence, … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in education, GEDI, grading, technology, vtclis13

How will we build a Third System of education?

I have recently been reading about, as Mike Gancarz puts it in Linux and the Unix Philosophy, “The Three Systems of Man”. This is, to my understanding, a fairly well documented and often-observed concept in software design, possibly first referenced … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in ece2524s13, education, GEDI, learning, linux, second-system, third-system, unix, vtclis13

Structure, Language and Art

In a recent post tylera5 commented that the last time he wrote poetry was in high school, and wasn’t expecting to have to write a poem for a programming course. I got the idea for a poetry assignment from a … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in ECE2524, engineering, expression, GEDI, language, poetry, programming

What Makes Good Software Good?

The first day of class (ECE2524: Introduction to Unix for Engineers) I asked participents the  open ended question “What makes good software good?” and asked them to answer both “for the developer” and “for the consumer”. I generated a list … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in ECE2524, engineering, GEDI, software, word cloud

A Matter of Standards

Last night on my bike ride home from PFP class I mentally prepared a “todo list” of things to get done in the couple of hours I’d have  before getting too tired to be productive.  In a classic example of … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in ASCII, engineering, GEDI, internationalization, PFP, standards

Industrialized Learning: Knowledge != Information

To comment on Dan’s post titled Industrialized Learning?? I agree the the industrialization of the search for knowledge is a scary thing indeed, and in many respects the structure of our education system has suggested a trend in that direction (for more … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in comment, diggingdeeper, GEDI, information, knowledge, technology

The Freedom to be “Technologically Elite”

Also in response to Kim’s recent post.  I think the conversation about access and the issue of digital inclusion is a very important one to have, and we need to continue to be aware of how the tools and technologies … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, comment, GEDI, kimcowgill, open source software, technology