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The Use of HFOSS Projects in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Open Source Day

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Software Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Software Engineering Division

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Diversity

Page Count

12

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https://peer.asee.org/31131

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15

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Cam Macdonell MacEwan University

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Cam Macdonell is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at MacEwan University.

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Heidi J.C. Ellis Western New England University

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Heidi Ellis is a Professor in the Computer Science and Information Technology department at Western New England University. Dr. Ellis has a long-time interest in software engineering education and has been interested in student participation in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) since 2006. She has received multiple NSF grants supporting research into student participation in HFOSS.

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Darci Burdge Nassau Community College

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Darci Burdge is Assistant Chair and Professor of Computer Science at Nassau Community College. She has worked to increase students understanding of software development and the impact it can have on society. She is especially interested in broadening the perspective of the introductory Computer Science student beyond the programming concepts typically taught in these courses. She uses HFOSS projects as a means to providing real-world experience and finds that students are motivated, showing increased participation in classroom discussion especially among women. She is Co-PI on an NSF-funded project to assist faculty who are interested in involving students in HFOSS projects.

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Lori Postner Nassau Community College

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Lori Postner is a Professor of Computer Science at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. She is Co-PI on an NSF grant focused on helping faculty to incorporate student participation in HFOSS (Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software) projects in their CS curriculum.

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Gregory W Hislop Drexel University (Computing and Informatics)

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Gregory Hislop is a Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. His scholarly interests span computing education research, information technology for teaching and learning, and software engineering. Prior to coming to Drexel, Dr. Hislop spent 18 years working in government and industry, where his efforts included software development and support, technology planning and evaluation, and development and delivery of technical education.

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Abstract

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest meeting for women in technology. The Open Source Day, a hackathon using humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS) projects, has been held in conjunction with the conference for the past seven years. Open Source Day provides an unusal opportunity to survey a large number of women as they contribute to HFOSS projects. More typically, the small number of women computing students makes it difficult to measure the impact of HFOSS participation on women’s attitude toward computing. Although geared toward students, the Open Source Day attracts women of all skill levels and backgrounds. This paper reports on a pre/post survey designed to understand women’s opinions of HFOSS participation and how those opinions may change when working on a humanitarian project. The results demonstrate HFOSS has wide-spread appeal among women and that women have interest in humanitarian applications of computing. Our survey participants represented 28 different countries, across age groups, work experience and programming background.

Macdonell, C., & Ellis, H. J., & Burdge, D., & Postner, L., & Hislop, G. W. (2018, June), The Use of HFOSS Projects in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Open Source Day Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31131

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