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12:28pm on Friday, 25th May, 2012:



I've finished marking CE317. It's amazing how many people can make it to the final year of a Computer Science degree and lack the ability to program.

There were another three students who misspelled lose as loose, despite my threat (which I acted on) of docking a mark from them when they did. One student did it then crossed it out, spelled it properly and wrote "(almost!)" next to it, which shows that I did manage to make an impression on at least one of them. A shame I can't give marks away for making me smile.

One of the questions involved coming up with a set of criteria for what is a virtual world, and then applying it to Angry Birds, Dungeons & Dragons, Counter-Strike, Minecraft, Facebook, Second Life and the city of Nottingham. There were seveal weird answers for the case of Nottingham: "it's not real", "I've never heard of it", "it has no mystical elves", "it's treated as real by its inhabitants", "it's not persistent". One student also claimed never to have heard of Facebook, despite its being spread across all news media earlier in the week because of its IPO.

Right, now to hand the scripts in so a colleague can check my adding-up.

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