Thursday, April 10, 2014

Diversity and MOOCs? Who Knew?

Thanks to Mark Guzdial for pointing this out to me via his great computing education blog, but this post gave me pause -- we intend (or at least I intend) for technology and computing to provide more access, and thus more diversity, but might the tool(s) "bake in" (or exacerbate?) existing biases and inequities?

I think this is the most troubling question posed in the blog post: "What is the difference between the pattern recognition afforded by big data, and profiling on the basis of gender, race or class?"

My initial response involves how we use this profiling/pattern recognition information -- computer programs recognize, people profile (whether they admit it or not).  Our choice is how we use this information, and it seems we need to tread with caution.

What's yours?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Should I stay or should I go ...

After years of working on access for all groups, esp. women, it is also worth noting the issue of retention in the tech industry, reminded of this issue by this article.  I suppose knowledge of the issue is the first step.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Leveling the playing field ...

So here is an article suggesting some ways to help those in the academy, not just computing ... IMHO, we need to implement these and more to help get as many competent (computing) scientists working!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Meritocracy vs. Privilege

Just handing off to a story from NPR on the realities of women in technology, especially startups -- the evidence suggests it is more than merit. Tell Me More is devoting the month of March 2014 to talking about women in tech, and we would love your ideas via Twitter @NPRAllTech or @TellMeMoreNPR.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gender and the AP .. and a Lesson on Visualizing Data

Barbara Ericson has recently studied the test taking patterns for AP Exams in various disciplines in terms of number of taker and gender, see this article by Brian A. Danielak which adjusts the visualization of the data to really see not only the gender issue(s), but the dearth of test takers in AP CS Exams taken (boding dimply for the future ...).  In other words, it seems we need more computing students, including women (and minorities, people with disabilities, ...).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Barbara Ericson makes an impact

Photo of Barbara Ericson
Hi all -- just a quick note and shout out to my friend Barbara Ericson for a few news reports that emerged after her 2013 study of CS AP testing, Mark Guzdial has a few links at his blog, I think I found another at Entrepreneur -- hoping more is discussed at SIGCSE 2014 in a few weeks (where the 2008 theme is still relevant)!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gender and gaming

One of my former students and current friends had some interesting remarks about the gaming industry and gender.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

For your holiday shopping

I have only been to the website, but I am strongly considering these toys for my nieces and nephews, my kids are likely to old.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

More than just diversity in computing; Math Braille inventor dies

Looks like it permeates a few science fields, more evidence, experience at

Also, I saw that the developer of Braille for Mathematical Expression recently died, Abraham Nemeth made Science/Math more accessible for the Blind.