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Different Ways to Teach CS Students

Date of Event: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
162 Amundson Hall


For the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

Free parking tickets will be handed out in the meeting.

Meeting Announcement:


November 1st, 2018

5:30-8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting.

Amundson Hall room 162 (Next to Keller Hall - Look for signs)
Minneapolis, MN

A map is available here.

This Month’s Meeting:


Different Ways to Teach CS Students


John will lead a discussion on effective ways to teach IT and CS skills. He will start with a short presentation on what he has seen in regards to IT teaching over his career and what he now thinks is going to be the most effective way to teach IT skills. Bring your thoughts to the meeting for discussion.

Speaker: John Columbus - Assistant Professor - Dunwoody College of Technology

John Columbus has spent over 30 years in the IT industry performing many different roles. He also spent time over those years teaching adult education at night. As an assistant professor in Software Engineering at Dunwoody and starting his Ed. D. journey at UW-Stout, he is exploring how students are taught IT skills and which techniques are more likely to be effective. 

Program Manager: 

Jim Plasek, Unisys

Twin-SPIN Mission Statement:
The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.  

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC). See

2018 Sponsors:

Facility Sponsor
University of Minnesota, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

$2,000 Sponsors
University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC)

$500 Sponsors

$100 Sponsors

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