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.

Welcoming Julio Cesar Cortes Rios to the Manchester Team

Photo of Julio Cortes RiosWe 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.

Welcome to the team, Julio!

New agile coaching game: The Agile Value Hunt Game

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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 Agile Value Hunt Game is a coaching game we have developed for use on our third year UG elective course on Agile Software Engineering. The game is used at the start of our workshop on agile approaches to requirements gathering, to help our students focus on understanding and delivering real value for customers.

If you make use of this game in your teaching, and have comments or suggestions for how the game or the instructions could be improved, please do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Institute of Coding Launched at the House of Lords

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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.

A Trouble-Shooter Wiki for Software Engineering Teaching

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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.

Welcome to the team, Chidera!