[ILUG] Linux @ college
John P. Looney
john at antefacto.com
Wed Oct 3 15:28:35 IST 2001
On Wed, Oct 03, 2001 at 02:30:46PM +0100, Colm Buckley mentioned:
> However, it was *the* *students* *themselves* who caused this idea to
> run into trouble - the ICT students in particular, who were due to be
> introduced to the Unix environment in third year, strongly resisted
> the notion of doing development work in any other environment than the
> Windows platform, to the extent that the course plans had to be
> altered. This was about two years ago; I don't know what's happened
> since then; although I've heard rumours that the situation hasn't
> changed much.
That's really nasty. Though, I can imagine the students side of things.
They want stuff to put on their CVs. Big problem though when they have to
adapt to something else...they'll not adapt, and try and use whatever tech
they know to do the job.
The result ? Another ecommerce platform done on an old version of IIS, in
old VBA, with an old SQL server, because that's all they know.
It is the teachers responsibility, and tell the students "No, we know
better than you, and want to give you the fullest set of mental tools we
can to let you compute efficently". There are "applied" courses...DCU's
main computer course is supposed to be "applied" - is it that students
sniff money, so want them to be glorified training courses ?
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