John Bennett

John Bennett

John Bennett
Boulder, Colorado


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NCWIT Pacesetters ATLAS - John Bennett [background music] John Bennett: I'm John Bennett, Director of the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado, at Boulder. ATLAS explores the complex interaction of technology and society and works to realize the full potential of that interaction. As part of our Pacesetter efforts we’ve created a new introductory course into Computer Science that uses a virtual world called "Second Life" as the programming laboratory. We’ve created a new track in game development that blends artistic and technical education. We've created a new master’s program, focused on the use of information and communication technology, to improve the quality of life of people in the developing world, and we've dramatically increased our participation in the Grace Hopper "Celebration of Women in Computing." Our results to date. Our undergraduate program is 58 percent women. Our masters program is 50 percent women. Our PhD program is 75 percent women. We have a lot left to do. Stay tuned. Transcription by CastingWords

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In October 2011, I sat in the red chair to share progress towards our goal. ATLAS students explore the complex interaction of technology and society and work to realize the full potential of that interaction. We created a new intro course in CS using a virtual world called Second Life and use it as a programming laboratory. We now offer a new track in game development that blends artistic and technical education. We introduced a new Master’s program focused on communication and information technology to improve the quality of life for people in the developing world. Our results to date include an Undergraduate program that is 58% women, a Masters program is 50% women, and a Ph.D. program that is 75% women. We have a lot left to do. Stay tuned!