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Secret Ninja Testing with HALO Software Engineering

Jonathan Schaffer Bell; Swapneel Kalpesh Sheth; Gail E. Kaiser

Title:
Secret Ninja Testing with HALO Software Engineering
Author(s):
Bell, Jonathan Schaffer
Sheth, Swapneel Kalpesh
Kaiser, Gail E.
Date:
Type:
Technical reports
Department:
Computer Science
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Series:
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports
Part Number:
CUCS-031-11
Publisher:
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
Software testing traditionally receives little attention in early computer science courses. However, we believe that if exposed to testing early, students will develop positive habits for future work. As we have found that students typically are not keen on testing, we propose an engaging and socially-oriented approach to teaching software testing in introductory and intermediate computer science courses. Our proposal leverages the power of gaming utilizing our previously described system HALO. Unlike many previous approaches, we aim to present software testing in disguise - so that students do not recognize (at first) that they are being exposed to software testing. We describe how HALO could be integrated into course assignments as well as the benefits that HALO creates.
Subject(s):
Computer science
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