Being a Woman in Computer Science – A Cautionary Tale, Part 3 of 3, Now

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute  This is the conclusion of yesterday’s post. It picks up where the other left off, after I was driven out of my position at the University. It took a long time to come to terms with what was done to me. … Continue reading

Being a Woman in Computer Science – A Cautionary Tale, Part 2 of 3, Working in the Field

Approximate Reading Time: 5 minutes  This is a continuation of yesterday’s post. It picks up where the other left off, at the end of my student days. I defended my Master’s Thesis and just continued on where I was. My thesis examined the introductory CS … Continue reading

Being a Woman in Computer Science – A Cautionary Tale, Part 1 of 3, The Student Years

Approximate Reading Time: 6 minutes I no longer consider myself to “in” computer science, although I will always consider myself both an academic and a computer scientist. (There’s an older version of part of this story here.) I grew up at a time when women … Continue reading

How I Got Into Computer Science (Many Happy Years)

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Next week I am meeting with a bunch of young women in our department‘s CS and CIS programs, so I’ve been thinking about how I got into computer science, and why I stayed. Here’s my tale of how I got … Continue reading

Gamification 101[21]: Reaching Out to My Students

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This is the continuing saga of my current iteration of a gamified course (#21). In a previous post I said I would send out personal emails to all my students, telling them how they are doing and what they need to do to … Continue reading

Gamification 101[20]: Bona Fide Criterion-Referenced Assessment

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes If we really intend to assess people according to described criteria, and if we really want to let go of the simpler time-referenced assessment, then we should be willing to accept evidence created by our students regardless of when, where, or why it was created, right?

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Gamification 101[19]: Mid-Term Reality Check

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes This is Part 19 in my continuing saga of my current iteration of a gamified course. We have just passed the midway point in the course and things are mostly going well. We’re in week 7 out of 13. Attendance: … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: ‘This change will be the end of the Open University as we know it’ | Education | The Guardian

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Just because we can doesn’t always mean we should. Yes, it is true that more and more people are taking courses online via MOOCs, but do we really know how successful that is? There are a whole host of problems … Continue reading