ICER 2015 Doctoral Consortium


ICER 2015 - dedicated to the study of how people understand computational processes and devices and how to improve that understanding- takes place in Omaha, Nebr., Aug. 9-13. The 2015 doctorial consortium, with 20 Ph.D. students, was the largest gathering of computing education students in the conference's history.

GT computing education experts present work on learning methods, broadening diversity and more

Aug. 10, 2015

The ACM International Computing Education Research Conference, ICER 2015, and the first IEEE Broadening Participation in Computing Research Conference, RESPECT 2015, take place this week and include new research by Georgia Tech faculty and graduate students from three colleges, including computing, architecture, and liberal arts.

ICER - dedicated to the study of how people understand computational processes and devices - takes place in Omaha, Nebr., Aug. 9-13. RESPECT - focused on improving diversity in the computer science education community - follows immediately, Aug. 13-14, in Charlottesville, N.C..

Mark Guzdial, professor of Interactive Computing, is co-chair of the Doctoral Consortium at ICER 2015, which set a record for most participants in a computing education doctoral consortium anywhere in the world with 20 Ph.D. students, including Georgia Tech’s Barbara Ericson, Briana Morrison, and Miranda Parker. Students also represented countries such as Chile, Germany and the United Kingdom. 

Georgia Tech @ ICER 2015 (l to r): Conference Chair Brian Dorn, PhD CS 2010; Mark Guzdial, Interactive Computing; Ph.D. HCC students Barbara Ericson, Briana Morrison, Miranda Parker, and Kayla DesPortes.


Presenting at ICER


Subgoals, Context, and Worked Examples in Learning Computing Problem Solving

Briana Morrison (Georgia Tech), Lauren Margulieux (Georgia Tech) and Mark Guzdial (Georgia Tech)


Analysis of Interactive Features Designed to Enhance Learning in an Ebook

Barbara Ericson (Georgia Tech), Mark Guzdial (Georgia Tech) and Briana Morrison (Georgia Tech)


Lightening Talks and Posters:

The MoveLab: Supporting Diversity through Self-Conceptions

Kayla DesPortes (Georgia Tech)


Doctoral Consortium: 

Adaptive Parsons Problems with Discourse Rules

Barbara Ericson, Ph.D. HCC student; Director of Computing Outreach, ICE


Computer Science Is Different!

Briana B. Morrison, Ph.D. HCC student


Privilege and Computer Science Education: How Can we Level the Playing Field?

Miranda Parker, Ph.D. HCC student


Presenting at RESPECT


Helping African American Students Pass Advanced Placement Computer Science: A Tale of Two States (1 of 4 "Exemplary" papers)

Barbara Ericson and Tom McKlin


A critical research synthesis of privilege in computing education 

Miranda Parker and Mark Guzdial (short paper)


Fireside Chat: 

Broadening Participation in Computing 

Mark Guzdial


Lightening Talk:

EarSketch: a STEAM approach to broadening participation in Computer Science Principles

Jason Freeman, Brian Magerko, Doug Edwards, Roxanne Moore, Tom McKlin and Anna Xambó. 


Exploring African-American Middle School Girls’ Perceptions of Themselves as Computational Algorithmic Thinkers and Game Designers Through Reality Confessionals

Jakita Thomas, PhD CS 2006


It’s All In The Mix: Leveraging food to increase Afrian-American women’s persistence in Computer Science

Jakita Thomas and Yolanda Rankin


For more details about research from the Contextualized Support for Learning group:

ICER research

RESPECT research