CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story identified Compder Scifflin as Compder Schifflin. The story has been updated with the correct spelling of the name. The Daily Tar Heel appologizes for this error.
Sitting in a large lecture on the first day of class can be intimidating. In a room of 300 or more students, sometimes you can barely see your professor at the front — how are you supposed to ask him questions when you don’t know his name?
In Kris Jordan’s COMP 110 classes, almost 300 students got a first-day introduction that set them at ease and gave them some laughs with their new teacher.
Both of Jordan’s classes opened with a familiar piano riff over a shot of the Bell Tower. There are shots of Jordan and his TAs goofing off or talking to each other. This isn’t just any computer science class - this is Compder Scifflin, and the class is watching the first episode of “The Office Hours.”
Jordan and his TAs produced an entire video based around popular NBC show “The Office” and its fictional company Dunder Mifflin. It included references to quotes from the show and several teaching assistants transforming into major characters. Jordan played the main boss, Michael Scott.
“People say college courses are about two things: midterms and exams,” Jordan said in the video. “Compder Scifflin isn’t about that. We’re about three things: having fun, learning how to write code, having fun and people.”
In the video, Jordan suddenly realizes it’s the first day of class. He immediately runs out of Sitterson Hall, past Phillips Hall, onto McCorkle Place and into Hanes Art Center, where the video stops and he immediately bursts into the classroom to applause from students.