Improving equity of Code.org's CS Discoveries curriculum

Code.org is a non-profit organization that engages a global community of computer science teachers and learners. Core to this mission is ensuring that its learning materials are inclusive to the diverse subpopulations that rely on them to teach and learn computing. And while careful design of learning materials is important in ensuring equitable outcomes, instructional designers must constantly iterate and improve upon these materials. To inform this iteration process, I am conducting a psychometric analysis of learner response data to identify, validate, and address equity issues within the CS Discoveries curriculum.

To understand how equitable learning outcomes are and improve them, I am using methods from the fields of psychometrics, learning sciences, and human-computer interaction. This process involves research-practice partnerships in which we consider how end-users (e.g. teachers, students) interpret and use assessment scores, analyze data from learner responses to identify potentially problematic patterns, and follow-up with end-users to validate and address these problems.

This work is in collaboration with Baker Franke and Code.org and funded by an NSF INTERN award.

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Benjamin Xie
PhD Candidate

My research is in interactive tools for equitable computing education.

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