Deborah Boisvert

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This paper describes the implementation of information technology problem-solving constructs and scenarios designed to cultivate computational thinking in information technology education at the college level via a course entitled "IT Problem Solving." A project of Broadening Advanced Technological Connections (BATEC), these scenarios were developed by a(More)
The Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) is a National Science Foundation center designed among other things, to develop a coordinated Information Technology (IT) education delivery system that cuts across different educational institutions: group one, high school; group two, community college; and group three, university. This(More)
The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) is designing and carrying out comprehensive programs that address under-representation in information technology (IT). CAITE focuses on women and minorities in groups that are underrepresented in most aspects of the Massachusetts innovation economy – economically, academically, and(More)
The College of Management at UMass Boston developed a set of cross functional / cross departmental concentrations involving mixing both IT courses and management courses in the business functional areas of finance and marketing. Although interdisciplinary concentrations aren't a new concept, these particular combinations, and their placement in a(More)
The Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) is a National Science Foundation Regional Center designed to develop a coordinated Information Technology (IT) education delivery system that cuts across different educational institutions from high school to community college and university. This paper describes the strategy used by the(More)
In this paper, we describe an innovative project that is gathering information for a re-envisioning of transfer procedures between two and four-year higher education institutions in three states. Convening relevant administrators, faculty, and local business partners within each of the three regions, this project has been researching current transfer models(More)
This paper gives an overview of initiatives for information technology (IT) education undertaken by projects and centers of excellence for Advanced Technological Education (ATE) with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). While these centers have a common goal to advance IT education regionally and nationally, they differ in the means of doing(More)
The growth of the IT sector masks important dynamics: occupational complexity; the spread of the IT workforce into other sectors, and a transformation in traditional human resource practices. Handling these tensions is demanding regional workforce development strategies, especially to create institutional connections, or labor market intermediaries, that(More)
The panel will discuss and answer questions the landscape of employment and education pathways in data science and analytics. The panel will also talk about the current discussions within ACM and the role(s) the information technology discipline should have in the field. Finally the panel will solicit feedback from the audience on current work and desired(More)
This paper discusses efforts to align Java programming education among Boston area community colleges and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Several forces have converged so that Java is the first programming language taught in most Secondary and Tertiary introductory programming courses. Teaching a common language should lead to clear articulation(More)