The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has announced the launch of EngageCSEdu, a program that encourages the development of more inclusive learning environments in introductory computer science (CS) courses by helping faculty to easily share their most effective retention practices.
EngageCSEdu offers thousands of projects, homework assignments, and other course materials that are searchable by a variety of CS-related topics. "EngageCSEdu takes the guesswork out of finding best practices for ensuring introductory CS students receive an engaging education," says NCWIT CEO Lucy Sanders. "Thanks to Google's generous support, we're offering a platform for educators to exchange peer-reviewed materials that encourage CS students to persist in the major, leading to a more diverse workforce to create products and services more representative of a broad U.S. population."
Although the U.S. Department of Labor estimates 1.2 million computing-related job openings by the year 2022, current college graduation rates in computing indicate only 39 percent of these jobs can be filled by U.S. computing undergraduates.
EngageCSEdu is a viable way to help a broader set of students complete computer science degrees, according to Google Director of Education and University Relations Maggie Johnson.
From KTEN.com (TX)
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