Over 100 people gathered on Zoom for the kickoff keynote session of SIGUCCS 2021. We were honored to have two distinguished guest speakers join us to share their work.
The evening started with Dr. Margaret Burnett from Oregon State University and a focus on equity and inclusion – at the technology level. You might ask, “How can software or technology be non-inclusive?” Well, thanks to Dr. Burnett, we learned that it is all focused on usability and design. Her research into different personas and looking at five facets;their Motivations to use software, Information Processing Styles, Computer Self-Efficacy, Attitudes toward Risk, and style of Learning new technologies, was key in determining how these contribute to gender-bias.
Learn more at https://gendermag.org/index.php.
Later, Dr. Susan Zvacek dispelled our assumptions that college students (and younger) are digital natives. Growing up with access to the internet and computers does not make one skilled in technology or information literacy. And our assumptions that students are digital natives may be making things worse. Students may be overconfident in their abilities, thus leading them to not ask for help. Additionally, they may be less likely to question things on the internet. Think twice before we assume that students have the skills to use the technologies that we offer them!
Dr. Burnett has attended other SIGUCCS sessions, and she reports that some people have already downloaded the GenderMag project!