Instead of taking the traditional bottom-up approach and building from basics to the harder stuff, Jordan said he has turned the traditional curriculum on its head and now begins his class with assignments that involve a lot of work behind the scenes, which lets him introduce more difficult concepts faster.
A graduate of UNC’s computer science program, Jordan said he was eager to find a teaching position for fall 2015.
“Teaching has always been something that’s kind of lingered in the background, you know? It’s always been something I thought would be awesome. It’s been a real joy,” Jordan said.
He said was overjoyed to hear UNC had an open lecturer position in its Department of Computer Science.
“I was on a camping trip in South Africa and just sort of ran out of the tent like, ‘Yes,’” Jordan said.
His dedication to his students doesn’t stop at the new curriculum.
Jordan said he has created an environment in which students feel like they can learn and have fun doing it. He said students’ homework includes creating emojis and moving DJ Khaled’s head around.
“The goal of these projects is really sort of a head fake. It seems silly and funny and fun to work on, but in the process of solving it, we’re pushing you way harder than we were last semester. It’s exciting to see folks off and running,” Jordan said.