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Outsourcing Academic projects

Came across this post,”UK students outsources IT coursework to India” on Cnet News (UK), which discusses recent findings showing that UK students at the high school and university level were contracting out some of their programming assignments. Is this simply the globalization of cheating, or a more sinister trend.   According to the article even final dissertations are being outsourced with milestones being met by the off site developers. Be it at a shockingly low rate of around $200 (100 UK pounds). One would think a college final dissertation/project would be worth more than that.

This would be a disturbing trend if left unchecked.  Aren’t these individuals robbing themselves of the joy of actively engaging in trying to solve the problem, or what about those long hours spent hunting for that illusive bug.   Some might argue that going out and hiring a programmer in India or Romania, is solving the problem. It is a practical solution to some extent, and depending on the type of work you do after graduation, it’s probably what you will end up doing anyway.

It might be a  small fraction of individuals who stoop to such lengths to weasel out of an assingment, however wouldn’t this behaviour have a knock on effect of negatively impacting both the overall value and perception of a Computing education.

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The humanitarian FOSS Project is a subject of a brief article on called “Humanitarian projects and open source: Working together to revitalize computer sciences” article by author Tina Gasperson on March 26.

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Computer science graduating class of 2007 smallest this decade

But turnaround possible as new enrollments show signs of leveling off

“March 5, 2008 (Computerworld) Enrollments in computer science programs, which plunged after the dot-com bust, may have leveled off, according to new data from the Computing Research Association (CRA). The group follows year-over-year enrollment and graduate trends at 170 Ph.D.-granting institutions.”

Have we hit the bottom of the curve this year and can we start seeing improvements in CS department enrollments? Will the current economic situation in the US have a positive or negative impact on Computer Science enrollments. Most trends that get cited on a regular basis indicate the IT job market to have positive growth, indicating new job opportunities should open up for recent graduates in the field.

Source: Computer World

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