ITR: Women-friendly Environments for Learning Information Technology
Deborah Walters Principal Investigator
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EIA-0082771<br/>Walters, Deborah<br/>SUNY at Buffalo<br/><br/>ITR: Women-Friendly Environments for Learning Information Technology<br/><br/>There is currently an unsatisfied national demand for people trained in<br/>information technology (IT) with a minority of the students enrolled in IT<br/>programs being female. The proposed project is to develop an educational<br/>approach that will appeal to women and provide them with an appropriate<br/>learning environment for IT courses. There are four components to the<br/>project. First, will be efforts to build upon results of investigations on<br/>how to use technology to increase learning and decrease costs as taught<br/>within an IT fluency course. Second, will be research on learning styles<br/>to provide quantitative evidence to explore the validity of learning styles<br/>in general, and the consistency of women's learning styles, particularly,<br/>correlations between learning styles, learning environments and<br/>performance. Third, will be research on how to improve Web-based<br/>collaborative experiences. Fourth, will be the testing of findings through<br/>comparisons of learning achieved in a traditional environment with learning<br/>in an environment restructured to take into account the project's findings<br/>and those of other researchers in the field. The specific application of<br/>the project will be the development an a women-friendly information design<br/>and technology undergraduate certificate program that is accessible to<br/>students of any major. The introductory courses of the certificate program<br/>will be designed so that students can move easily into either a traditional<br/>computer science or media studies program.