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Why It's Hard and Why It's Unbalanced

For our fourth and final task, let's circle back to the papers circulated at the start of the course: Guzdial's on why it's hard to learn how to program, and Whitecraft & Williams' on the gender imbalance in computing. Please pick whichever interests you most, write a blog post discussing what you agree and disagree with (and how it relates to what you're doing with your learners), and add the link to this task description.  We'll discuss online in a couple of weeks.

Task Discussion

  • Eric G   March 14, 2012, 11:35 a.m.

    For those who haven't seen them, Audrey Watters has posted a series of interesting interviews with folks involved in computing education at various levels on her blog Hack Education .  Including most recently Laura Blankenship who I think is (or was?) taking this course.

  • Eric G   Feb. 23, 2012, 5:02 p.m.

    Hi Greg,

    We would like to discuss both of these articles on Mendicant University's internal mailing list. I know you said before that you thought it might violate the copyright to post to Google docs; what do you think about circulating them on a mailing list which is on our own server (using mailman software) ? Obviously, warning folks not to circulate them further. I think both articles would generate some useful discussion that I could bring back here, and also make people more aware of the research you've pulled together.



  • Greg Wilson   Feb. 24, 2012, 12:36 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Eric G   Feb. 23, 2012, 5:02 p.m.

    I believe this is OK --- please go ahead.