MIT Full STEAM Ahead

MIT FULL STEAM Ahead is a collection of resources that MIT is putting together for teaching and learning online. These are meant as a rapid response to the need for online resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.  MIT will curate existing resources for K-12, higher education, and workforce learners, as well as provide a weekly package of relevant materials for K-12 students and teachers.

Diversity, Retention Rates, and Undergraduate Computer Science

A new report released by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) uses data to examine and understand retention in U.S. undergraduate CS programs.  Although the report, Retention in Computer Science Undergraduate Programs in the U.S: Data Challenges and Promising Interventions, reveals that significantly better data is needed to draw any broad conclusions, it offers  a number of recommendations regarding data collection, successful interventions, and future research based on case studies from specific institutions and successfully-implemented interventions. Recommendations include: Instructors of introductory courses need to be involved in data collection. Data should be evaluated in different contexts, using different denominators to determine…