The Institute of Coding (IoC) is a consortium of universities and employers, with a mission to develop the next generation of digital talent at degree level and above. The IoC will develop higher-level digital skills capabilities among those already in work as well as improve graduate employability. Its goals include developing specialist skills training in areas of strategic importance, boosting equality and diversity in technology-related education and careers and producing research, analysis and intelligence to anticipate future skills gaps.
At Manchester, we are developing tools and techniques for teaching industry relevant software engineering skills, by packaging our existing expertise and through new learner analytics to generate new expertise.
We have recently begun an extensive evaluation of our tool that recognises the major Git workflows from an examination of the commit and branching patterns in use in a Git repository. We’ve created a common framework for defining Git workflows that allows the relationships between different workflows to be clearly identified and understood. We want to see if the framework is precise enough to allow us to accurately identify the workflows in use on a project.
We’re pleased to welcome Fadi Arafeh to the IoC@UoM team, as a summer vacation project student. Fadi is working with us to adapt our RoboTA tool for course units outside the School of Computer Science. He’ll also be developing code for our Git Workflows project.
Caroline and Robert attended the 12th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE 2019) in Montreal, Canada, where they presented our work on using GitLab for Software Engineering Learning Analytics (preprint and poster).
This month, we gained a new member of our IoC team. Dr Sukru Eraslan joined us from the Middle East Technical University (METU) as a PDRA working on our Learning Analytics Pipeline for Software Engineering.
Sukru’s PhD, and later post-doctoral work, is on eye tracking for understanding how people navigate the Web, to help make it more accessible. We’re looking forward to using his skills in empirical analysis of how students learn core software engineering concepts, and running user trials in assessing the usefulness of the outputs of our analytics pipeline.
On Friday, 25th January, the IoC celebrated the 1 year anniversary of its official announcement. The team gathered for cupcakes and some creative photography. (Thanks to Jez Lloyd from our external affairs team for the photo, and to the IoC Hub team at Bath for the delicious cupcakes.)
We also celebrated two new members joining our team.
Kamilla Kopec-Harding is our data science expert. She’ll be working on our learner analytics platform, helping us to understand how undergraduates learn core software engineering concepts, so we can devise more effective teaching materials.
Peter Crowther was recently awarded his PhD from the University of Bristol. He joins the team as a research software engineer, and will be writing Python code to extend our RoboTA prototype to support our second semester course units. He’ll also be working on adapting RoboTA to get our industry competence profiles up and running.
We are pleased to welcome Julio Cesar Cortes Rios to the Manchester IoC team, as a post-doctoral research assistant. Julio is an experienced software architect and manager, who has worked on a range of projects, including fingerprint recognition and biometrics systems for the Mexican Government. He holds a BSc and an MSc in Computer Science from Universidad La Salle, Mexico, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester.
Julio will be dividing his time between the design and evaluation of the RoboTA continuous feedback and marking system, and work on our new learner analytics platform for software engineering.
The Agile Value Hunt Game in action in our 3rd year UG course unit
As part of our contribution for the Institute of Coding, we are working to package our existing teaching resources for reuse by others providing software engineering education and training. The first of these offerings is now available.
The Institute of Coding was formally launched with an event in the Peers’ Dining Room at the House of Lords, on 21st June 2018. Representatives of the academic partners met with industry stakeholders, current digital skills learners and government, to discuss the UK’s digital skills needs and how they might be met by the Institute. Baroness McGregor-Smith CBE hosted the event.
Over the summer, Chidera Unigwe joins our team as a vacation project student. His task is to develop an intelligent trouble-shooter wiki to help our students deal with problems they encounter in our software engineering labs.
Our second year software engineering course units require our students to get to grips with an industrial strength toolkit very quickly, including Git, GitLab, JUnit, Ant, Maven, Spring, Jenkins and Eclipse. Chidera will take staff expertise on the kinds of technical problems encountered, and their solutions, and convert them into a self-help resource that all our students can access whenever they need.
The trouble-shooter will be in use by our students from September 2018 onwards.