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.

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!