[Chicago] teaching intro programming to geoscience undergrads, via swc list

Jeremy McMillan jeremy.mcmillan at gmail.com
Thu May 21 16:41:19 CEST 2015

Thanks Sheila! They appear to have some awesome curricula taking shape. We
should consider conducting some workshops. I'd pitch in!

I just did some exploratory data analysis to troubleshoot some performance
issues for a client, and I used iPython notebook. Multiple coworkers have
expressed interest in learning Python after I've shared similar work with
them, so I've just started looking for some didactic material. I'm really
excited to take a deeper look at Software Carpentry now.

On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 8:28 AM, sheila miguez <shekay at pobox.com> wrote:

> I'm on the Software Carpentry discussion list, and this post and link to a
> paper looks interesting. It's a write up of experiences teaching
> programming using python to geoscientist undergrads.
> The swc list is focused on pedagogy for teaching best programming
> practices to >= grad students, but people are curious about other
> populations too.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Gorman, Gerard J <g.gorman at imperial.ac.uk>
> Date: Wed, May 20, 2015 at 11:50 PM
> Subject: [Discuss] teaching intro programming to undergrads
> To: Software Carpentry Discussion <discuss at lists.software-carpentry.org>
>  Hi
>  We finally got around to writing up our experiences with teaching
> introductory programming programming using python. Our interest is teaching
> students outside of cs where there is already a busy curriculum. It
> basically tracks 5 years experience from teaching using a traditional
> lecture style (which was a disaster) to a software carpentry style (which
> the students *love*).
>  Recently there was some discussion on the list about teaching
> undergraduates and literature supporting choice for first programming
> languages etc. We have tried to provide sufficient coverage of the
> literature to support these choices - hopefully any of you making the case
> in your own faculty might find these references useful.
>  The preprint is here:
> http://arxiv.org/abs/1505.05425
>  We have just submitted it for review and so will have another round of
> editing before final publication. Please let me know if you have any
> comments, criticisms suggests, citations missed etc.
>  Regards
> Gerard
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