Free Talk Zone: Inclusive Pedagogy to Encourage Women in Computer Science

Arshia A Khan, Yichen Wei

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Abstract

This study, strives to understand the low retention and facilitate mechanisms to encourage the retention of women in the department of computer science at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Two interventions attempt to address the concern for the reason why women quit CS field-one, women are more inclined to solve real world problems either in the scientific or social field that can benefit humanity; and two, women are dependent on social networking and more inclined to share their feelings with others when compared to men. We verified both hypotheses by creating a Facebook discussion group among consented students in the introductory courses and replacing the traditional assignments with the ones that are designed closer to real-life problem in Fall 2015. By the end of the semester, we surveyed our participants to examine the effect of the two interventions. According to the results we got from our research, we can conclude that both building the online discussion platform and using more practical examples will help increase women's interest in studying computer science. A feedback mechanism was developed to help us continue our research in the future following these interventions, and improve our approach by the implementing the feedback.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, CSCI 2017
EditorsFernando G. Tinetti, Quoc-Nam Tran, Leonidas Deligiannidis, Mary Qu Yang, Mary Qu Yang, Hamid R. Arabnia
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1108-1114
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538626528
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 4 2018
Event2017 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, CSCI 2017 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2017Dec 16 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, CSCI 2017

Other

Other2017 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, CSCI 2017
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period12/14/1712/16/17

Keywords

  • Women in computing
  • encouraging women in computing
  • issues concerning women in computing
  • use of social media to encourage retention of women

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