Pair Programming & Projects in MOOCs and Comedy Faqbots by Sam Joseph

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:30 - 21:00 JST

Cerego Japan Inc.

Shibuya Infoss Annex 9F, 12-10 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo


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Join us on August 22 for a talk by Ninjava cofounder Sam Joseph on pair programming, MOOCs and comedy faqbots.

Pair Programming & Projects in MOOCs and Comedy Faqbots

There continues to be an explosion in free, high quality online courses from top tier educational institutions around the world. These Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are changing the face of higher education. Our speaker, Dr. Sam Joseph, is now facilitator for the BerkeleyX CS 169 Software Engineering courses being taught on EdX. As part of this Dr. Joseph is leading a charge to increase student engagement by use of real time chat, pair programming and group projects in the teaching of online software education:

Dr. Joseph is behind a Google Plus Pair Programming community that is being used by MOOC students and regular programmers alike to pair program on MOOC programming assignments and real world coding issues.

Furthermore he has started a series of open source projects for MOOC students to practice their programming skills on by interacting with real world customers:

And to fill in time left over he runs the "funniest computer ever"
competition, because at some point we've got to make computers have a sense of humor :-)

In this talk Dr. Joseph will review recent MOOC developments and talk about how synchronous chat, screen share and comedy faqbots can all make for a more engaging MOOC experience.

About the speaker

Sam Joseph, Ph.D. is the CEO & Founder of NeuroGrid Ltd., and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Hawaii Pacific University where he teaches Programming and Design for Mobile, Games, AI, Python, JavaScript and Software Engineering. His doctorate is in Cognitive Science from Edinburgh University and he also holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Joseph is the recipient of the Raymond-Hide prize for Astrophysics and a Toshiba Fellowship which originally brought him to Japan where he researched Software Agents, designed learning algorithms for Cerego Japan and Peer to Peer computing at the University of Tokyo. He has started a number of open source software projects, and is the author of numerous academic papers. He was previously an organizer of the Ninjava group, and subsequently organized the Honolulu Coders group in Hawaii and most recently the London Online Class meetup. He is also facilitator of BerkeleyX CS169 Software Engineering, being taught online through EdX.

Time and place

  • Date: August 22 (Thu)
  • Time: Doors open at 19:30 | Talk starts at 20:00
  • Place: Cerego Japan
  • Language: English


  • The building's main entrance locks at 20:00, so be sure to arrive before then!
  • There is no need to bring a Doorkeeper ticket with you.

We'll go for a drink at a nearby izakaya after the talk.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Best regards,

Zev and Errol

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