Greg W. Scragg

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Worldwide, there is a significant discrepancy between the numbers of male and female graduates from computer science programs. SUNY Geneseo offers no exception. The literature cites a number of plausible explanations for the problem, but no definitive answers. We conducted a study to determine why few women complete our own computer science major. Our major(More)
From the perspective of computer science edueation, most (perhaps all) first courses in computer hardware are created “upside down” both pedagogically and pragmatically. Present courses are usually bottom-up, starting with very concrete but low level subjects such as bits and gates, and progressing through more complex constructs: binary arithmetic,(More)
During the 1960’s, Margaret Mead commented in lectures that American universities were 500 years out of date. The invention of the printing press, she said, made lectures obsolete. Why should a student sit through a lecture when the same stodent can read the material at his or her own pace, freely rereading any unclear portions, while only skimming those(More)
The panel will examine a variety of issues. What can computer science offer to the non-major? What material should anon-majors’ course contain and how should the material be presented? Even better, how should the material be learned? Should we teach non-majors to use word processors and spreadsheets? Can we give them something more than spreadsheetsand(More)
At two institutions, with which I am familiar, there are two very noticeable differences in the ways in which people communicate. One has to do with the use of the computer mail system. The other with a far more mundane communication device: pregummed notepads. A brief look at similarities and differences between these two media and their use at two(More)
In IgBB the Educational Activities Board of the IEEE Computer Society and the Education Board of the Association for Computing Machinery have sponsored a series of two workshops to address the issues involved in the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB) program in computer science as it relates to liberal arts colleges. This panel will provide a(More)
As the number of non-computer scientist users increases, the importance of friendly operating systems does likewise. Data base systems will serve one of the largest groups of such users. For these casual users, “friendly” takes on stronger meanings than in the world of computer scientists. Systems must be easy to use even for the user who may(More)