Computer Sciences Dept.

Deb Deppeler

Faculty Associate

5376 Computer Sciences
(608) 265-9452

photo from 3/22/2004 outside building


  • SIGCSE Conferences
  • Math Department WES Review Committee
  • Teaching and Learning Symposium
  • Expanding Your Horizons
  • Lilith Fair
  • Miscellaneous Workshops
  • Workshops


    ETector Talk by Dr Vivek Pai

    Friday, Feb 28th, 2014, 1:00-2:00 pm, 2310 Computer Sciences

    Introduction of ETector for documenting similarities between student program submissions. Created account and ran ETector analysis for Program 1 to compare with results from MOSS.

    MOOCs, UW-Madison and Learning

    Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6-7:15 pm Memorial Union, Tripp Commons

    This Roundtable will focus on preliminary lessons from UW's Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) pilot project. Speakers include Constance Steinkuehler (Department of Curriculum and Instruction, instructor of the MOOC "Video Games and Learning") and Clare Huhn (Office of Academic Planning and Instructional Research). Cheryl Diermyer (UW-Madison, MOOC Project Manager) will introduce the MOOC initiative and MC the event.

    Diversity Forum, Thursday Sep 30th, 2010 Memorial Union

    Welcome Remarks by UW-Madison Provost Paul DeLuca
    Opening Remarks by Vicki Washington, UW System Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    Cultivating Excellence, Nurturing the Seeds of Success, UW-Madison Strategic Diversity Update: Vice Provost Damon A. Williams

    Meeting the 21st Century Higher Education Access and Completion Challenge Through Policy: Responding to -and Navigating- the Courts of Law and the Court of Public Opinion Arthur L. Coleman, Managing Partner, Education Counsel LLC, Washington D.C.

    Attended keynote address and discussion on the race implications

    Go Big Read Panel Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Professors Dayle B. DeLancey and Susan E. Lederer, Department of Medical History and Bioethics

    The attendees described their own reactions to the race, economic, health, and ethic issues that the book raises. Many concerns, few solutions. Most discussion seemed focused on the case as an example of injustice to Henrietta Lacks and her family and other patients in the current healthcare system.

    The Art of Grading Roundtable, Wednesday Sep 29th, 2010

    Discussed the pros and cons of assigning grades using a curve and various question and test types. Many faculty were using statistics on individual questions and overall student performance to help drive their choices in how to assess student abilities. Most at the roundtable spoke against using a curve and instead expressed desire to assign based on which goals were met.

    Parallelism in MATLAB


    Frontiers in Education, Saturday Oct 13th, 2007

    Presented paper that I co-authored with Prof. Greg Moses and Mike Litzkow on our experience with using eTEACH and CourseBuilder to provide CS310/NEEP271 content more interactively on via the web.

    Test Writing Training ~ Engineering Centers Building

    Four sessions on writing questions and analyzing the results of scantron tests and the statistics returned by Testing and Evaluation. The dates of the sessions were: (10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26) 2004

    Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Richard Tapia of Rice Unversity

    • August 17th, 6-8pm. Dr. Tapia presented "A lifetime of Diversity - Challenges, Realities and Successes" and answered questions regarding the challenges that underrepresented minorities face in an academic environment.
    • Dr Tapia is a Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University
    • It is important to measure the retention and graduation rates rather than the acceptance rates alone when discussing the success or failure of various programs.

    Emerging Scholars Training Workshop

    • Aug 11-13, 2004 ~ attend workshop with Prof. Horwitz

    Peer Leader Training Workshop

    • May 24-26, 2004 ~ attend workshop with peer leader group

    Java 1.5 Teleconference

    Participated in McGraw-Hill's Java 1.5 teleconference on Java 1.5 which was held on Friday April 16th, 2004 from 1pm-2pm. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation is available.

    New in Java 1.5
    • Better I/O:
      • Scanner class for reading in all types of user input.
      • a printf method for formatting values in output.

    • Another for statement for arrays and collections:
    •     int [] intArray = { 5, 6, 7, 8, 3, 2, 15 };
          for ( int currInt : intArray ) sum += currInt;
          System.out.printf( "Average: %1.2f", sum / intArray.length );
    • Automatic wrapping of primitive types in their respective wrapper classes.

    • Addition of generic types (like templates in C++)

    • Addition of enum type:
    •    public enum StopLight { RED, YELLOW, GREEN };

    We also discussed various IDE options. I would like to consider Eclipse and JCreator.

    Java Symposium

    June 4-6, 2003 in Milwaukee, WI.


    • Test Driven Development by ????.
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    • JUnit to automate unit testing of Java programs.

    Web Accessiblity Workshops

    Attended DoIT's Accessibility Workshop in April 2003

    McGraw-Hill Publishers Focus Group, Fall 2002

    Participated in focus group with other educators in CS-1 from around the country

    GUI CS-1 Workshop, UW-Stout

    Program presenter Stuart Reges. Stuart presented work on using GUI programming projects to teach "Introduction to Programming" courses.

    Radical CS-1

    Participated in workshop at UW-Stevens Point in Fall 2001 with Jim Skrentny. Workshop presented work on using Design Patterns to teach "Introduction to Programming" course.

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