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Teaching operating systems using virtual appliances and distributed version control

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Teaching operating systems using virtual appliances and distributed version control
Students learn more through hands-on project experience for computer science courses such as operating systems, but providing the infrastructure support for a large class to learn by doing can be hard. To address this issue, we introduce a new approach to managing and grading operating system homework assignments based on virtual appliances, a distributed version control system, and live demonstrations. Our solution is easy to deploy and use with students’ personal computers, and obviates the need to provide a computer laboratory for teaching purposes. It supports the most demanding course projects, such as those that involve operating system kernel development, and can be used by both on-campus and remote distance learning students even with intermittent network connectivity. Our experiences deploying and using this solution to teach operating systems at Columbia University show that it is easier to use, more flexible, and more pedagogically effective than other approaches. Categ...
Oren Laadan, Jason Nieh, Nicolas Viennot
Added 28 May 2010
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where SIGCSE
Authors Oren Laadan, Jason Nieh, Nicolas Viennot
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