December 30th, 2004

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Getting Students To Do Useful Stuff

At the request of an Indian student, I have worked out a formal document containing my term project proposals for students completing a Masters in Computer Science, specializing in Distributed Systems:

For a long time, I've considered it an awful practice that students should have term projects consisting of toy programs and rigged demos following the MWRO principle: many write, run once. Instead, they should be encouraged to systematically participate in actual useful real-world projects, and if possible free software projects, that make academic peer review possible. I never could do anything about it when in French universities, so maybe this is a godsend opportunity to move things in the right direction.