Creating Computing Assignments to Support Diverse Populations

Although computing curriculum contains primarily technical content, faculty can teach impressionable young minds to value diversity. It can be integrated into the curriculum by creating a diverse backdrop for programming problems and assignments. In 2010, five faculty members at Slippery Rock University (SRU) participated in a Frederick Douglas Collaborative Grant to create a sample set of assignments that supported diversity for 34 courses in the Computer Science, Information Systems and Information Technology programs. This session is based upon the prior work and will provide examples of creating new assignments and modify existing assignments to integrate diversity (gender, race, religion, culture, sexuality, and disabilities) into the classroom without modifying course content. The techniques of framing assignments and using interesting data sets can be incorporated in many different courses and assist programs with implementing the proposed ABET CAC 4th curriculum criterion.