Creating inclusive engineering and computer science classes - The impact of COVID-19 on student experiences and perceptions of gender inclusivity

Sally Male, Melissa Marinelli, Elaine Chapman

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Abstract

The global COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a rapid shift by universities to online and remote education. This paper contributes to understanding of gender inclusive learning in face to face and virtual educational environments, specifically in the context of teamwork within engineering and computer science classes. Students' experiences and perceptions of gender inclusive teamwork before and during the COVID-19 pandemic were collected using an online survey (N = 217). A principal component analysis revealed five components in students' reported experiences: Psychological Safety, Perceptions of the Facilitator, Confidence, Respect for Diversity, and Perceived Fairness. A multivariate analysis of covariance with gender and semester (before or during COVID-19) as the independent variables and age as the covariance found main effects only. Students' perceived psychological safety and confidence were higher in the online teamwork during COVID-19 than in the previous semester of face-to-face teamwork. The result is reassuring, as it indicates, consistent with other literature, that inclusion in student teamwork is likely to be improved when online elements are introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021
EditorsThomas Klinger, Christian Kollmitzer, Andreas Pester
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages456-458
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781728184784
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021
Event2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 21 Apr 202123 Apr 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
Volume2021-April
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityVienna
Period21/04/2123/04/21

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