Perl 6 - the future is here, just unevenly distributed

IRC log for #webwork, 2012-04-02

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02:09 mgage_ hi
02:11 mgage_ aubreyja:hi
02:11 aubreyja Hi - how's it going?
02:12 mgage_ well, I've been catching up -- going to the conference in New Orleans was fun, but I've been paying for  it since then.  Almost finished with taxes today -- and I'm caught up with creating answers for homework
02:13 aubreyja ah, taxes… :)
02:13 aubreyja we're just starting back from spring break tomorrow
02:14 mgage_ the Conference at Tulane was called the Clifford lectures -- and about half of it was on using topological persistence and complexity to analyze data
02:14 aubreyja ah cool
02:15 mgage_ one person Monica Nicolau -- who works on with Gunnar Carlsson at Stanford has been analyzing gene sequences with regard to breast cancer and found two new types of gene/breast cancer interaction. Previously they had assumed 3.  she and the carlsson group spotted a pattern that had been hidden from the standard methods.
02:16 aubreyja it would be neat to find someone in math ed interested in exploring such techniques - there is someone is psychology here that has worked with Jan Segert on this I think
02:17 mgage_ anyway -- she seemed interested in analyzing the webwork data -- or at least taking a preliminary look -- so I sent here a few samples of what an instructor can see on a webpage.  -- I'm going out to Robert Osserman's memorial conference on April 21 -- so I may get a chance to talk to her and to Gunnar briefly then.  I have to fly out and fly back on one weekend because it's very near the end of the semester here.
02:18 mgage_ she's not in math ed, but she does seem to understand how to look for patterns in data -- originally she was a knot theorist (Shaneson's student)
02:19 aubreyja great!  I sat in on a course on this, and I have some basic idea of how things work - I'd be interested to hear what she has to say
02:20 mgage_ I want to make semi-final plans for two code camps this week.  will you have some time to bat ideas back and forth perhaps on tuesday?  I've posted a pretty long list of potential people, also potential areas for czars, both of them in that flowy outline.  I might have also listed some projects -- but we need to narrow down to something pretty concrete and to decide who should come
02:21 aubreyja yep, I'll be available
02:22 mgage_ I talked to vicki about this some and we think we can hold one here -- focused on the instructor user interface -- for about 10K,  thinking of inviting 6 people who travel and at least four more people who are "local" and won't need much for funds
02:22 aubreyja I'm planning on a less busy rest of the semester now that I have this course redesign project basically under wraps (we'll see how that plan works out!)
02:22 aubreyja so I should have more time to devote to this than recently
02:23 mgage_ simultaneously plan a code camp for later in the summer focused more on content -- macros, modelcourses (getting them actually done and advertised), sage integration.  things like that.
02:23 mgage_ what did you redesign?
02:23 mgage_ not sure where the second code camp would be held -- could be here, but it would be nice to have it somewhere else.
02:24 aubreyja I got an internal grant to redesign our finite math course along the lines of what they do at illinois (a "flipped classroom") along with compiling my notes into a custom ebook
02:24 mgage_ planning two at once helps a little bit with making choices because there are a lot of desirable things to get done and we can't do all of them in one sitting.
02:24 aubreyja it's gone pretty well but kept me very busy. But now our pearson rep isn't talking to me :)
02:25 mgage_ cause you won't be using their finite math book?
02:26 aubreyja yeah, that and our college algebra course is moving from mymathlab to webwork
02:26 mgage_ aah.  I think that NC state may be moving to webwork also -- that will be interesting
02:29 mgage_ one more thing for you to look at - arnie and John Hsu (ionparticle) have been contributing patches to openwebwork -- Arnie's are mostly small bug fixes.  Hsu has been extending the capabilities of xmlrpc.  you might go the site and review some of the pull requests.  I've accepted most of them so far -- the last one of Hsu's I've made some comments on -- you might like to add some as well.  he's done a good job of modeling how a pull
02:29 mgage_ should be submitted.  I don't usually write enough information myself.
02:30 mgage_ the network graph for webwork2 and pg at openwebwork (and also at my site) gives you an interesting overview of what has been happening with the project.
02:33 aubreyja I saw those go by - I'll have a look at them this week too
02:38 mgage_ I just sent you a summary
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