Reaching out to Diverse Learners with Non-Formal Workshops on Computing Concepts and Skills

Joslenne Peña, Mary Beth Rosson

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Abstract

Females, racial minorities, and other diverse individuals face many challenges in learning to program. Researchers have investigated these challenges for many years, yet participation by these groups continues to be low. Our action research project is investigating a non-formal learning activity for female and gender-diverse faculty, staff, and students in a university setting. Using surveys, observations and focus groups, we probed learners' experiences, to examine the short-and longer-term impacts of the workshop. We observed increases in self-efficacy and predictions of future use of programming; trepidation about computing decreased. We discuss the need to offer learning spaces for skills that can empower members of these groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2019
EditorsJustin Smith, Christopher A. Bogart, Judith Good, Scott D. Fleming
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages193-197
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728108100
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event2019 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2019 - Memphis, United States
Duration: Oct 14 2019Oct 18 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC
Volume2019-October
ISSN (Print)1943-6092
ISSN (Electronic)1943-6106

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityMemphis
Period10/14/1910/18/19

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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Peña, J., & Rosson, M. B. (2019). Reaching out to Diverse Learners with Non-Formal Workshops on Computing Concepts and Skills. In J. Smith, C. A. Bogart, J. Good, & S. D. Fleming (Eds.), Proceedings - 2019 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2019 (pp. 193-197). [8818931] (Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC; Vol. 2019-October). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/VLHCC.2019.8818931