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Programming and non‐programming modules – an investigation of representation by gender at The Open University

Project leader(s): 
Joseph Osunde
Theme: 
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current

There is a gender disparity in the progression and satisfaction with programming modules at the higher education level as compared to non-programming modules and in particular with regards to modules studied by students on the joint degree in Computing and IT (Q67) as compared to the Computing and IT degree (Q62) at The Open University.

The Gateway to Coding (G2C) project is one of the innovative approaches by the School of Computing and Communications to provide a scholarship to teaching practice which can contribute to improving the student experience in this aspect of university redesign commitment.

This study will initially investigate this issue using the data obtained from SEAMS survey, Athena SWAN and other related projects on a selection of STEM (programming and non-programming) modules.

Further investigation will take place into other possible factors that could influence this disparity in the representation of students in these courses such as the relevance to career or work, attendance of face to face tutorials, the support provided by tutors/module team members, quality of feedback and the work-related context of the modules.

Some tangible outcomes of the project include, but not limited to the following:

  • Proposing a framework that can be applied to the development and delivery of modules based on the insights obtained from the investigation
  • The prototyping of elements from the framework in assessment and course materials
  • Contribute to the understanding of the underrepresentation of females in Computing education and careers as part of the G2C project at The Open University.

Joseph Osunde presentation

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