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Desire unmatched by skills equals disempowerment for computing students

July 20, 2010


At the CITRENZ conference last week Dobrila and Mike Lopez presented an interesting paper on sustainability worldviews of incoming students at Manukau Institute of Technology (pdf). Their paper aimed to replicate our study of Otago Polytechnic students (summarised in post “Can’t rely on geeks” here, from original paper). This replication aimed to cement the generalisability […]

Look out for new slogan: “Computing empowers you to do good”

June 3, 2009


Despite strong career prospects, computing education continues to suffer low student intakes and the rates for women are crazy low (Taulbee report).   “Something is wrong with perceptions of computing” can be heard around the halls of every campus and computing conference.   The truth may be that something is wrong with computing.   There’s a report […]

Sustainability strategies poorly supported by operational processes

February 27, 2009


As a facilitator of wider sustainable change, computing can have a far bigger impact than its own footprint.  But we’ve a long way to go.  Sophie Hallstedt finds that even in companies that have adopted sustainability as core strategy, there is little evidence of the decision systems needed to enable these goals.  In one chapter of […]

Biomimicry as a super systems metaphor for software engineering?

September 4, 2008


This post is from a paper we presented recently.   It combines ideas from several earlier posts (especially this one).  Mann, S. , Smith, L.G. (2008)  Biomimicry as a super systems metaphor for software engineering? Supplmentary Proceedings of the 21st NACCQ. 287-296 Abstract This paper examines the use of biomimicry in software engineering.  By adopting […]

Posts from SICSE: Lazowska suggests green IT as next space race

April 3, 2008


Ed Lazowska is chair of the Computing Community Consortium. He gave the last keynote at SIGCSE (slides here). He describes the 20 greatest engineering achievements of the 20th Century. Computing is listed, as are electronics and the internet. Perhaps even more important though is the role of computing in ALL of the other achievements from […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Differentiated learning through reading

March 27, 2008


Leigh Ann Sudol from Carnegie Mellon takes a different approach to get students thinking about bigger pictures: she makes them read. In forging connections, she describes a reading assignment and the impact of that assignment on getting students thinking about computer science and its connections to their life. She sees that: students are entering with […]

Ignored reading pile in summer of swimming

January 14, 2008


So, back at my desk after an incredible summer. Hottest on record, lots of swimming. How much of the summer reading pile got read? None. Not a diddle. Until yesterday that is, when I looked at the pile I’ve ignored all summer. Then I ignored it some more and went for another swim. But I […]