Hello, everyone,

My two cents...

To address Madeline's concern, perhaps we can include the definition of
"liberal arts computing" that the committee came up with at the top of the
survey to help respondents understand what we mean?  Or at least include it
in the email when we send out the link?

I think the last two questions should be moved to the beginning as the
first two questions, to help the survey respondent put the rest of the
questions into context.  It would also let them know that answering "None"
to their involvement in liberal arts computing is okay, but we still want
their input on the subsequent questions.

Should the option for elaboration under the third question say "If yes..."
instead of "If no..."?  Or am I misunderstanding the question?

Thanks,
Angela


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On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 8:02 AM Madeline E. Smith <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Hi Amanda (& everyone else),
>
> The phrasing of "liberal arts computing educator/education" seems
> potentially confusing. Are we interested in educators/education at liberal
> arts institutions?
>
> I suggest separating the last two questions. People may not consider
> themselves to be involved but fit into one of those categories, and that
> could be useful to know.
>
> We might also add the option to enter the name(s) of institutions when
> someone checks off a relationship type. Would help us to get more
> information about the types of institutions that people consider to be
> liberal arts.
>
> -Madeline
>
> --
> Madeline E. Smith
> Computer Science, Colgate University
> www.colgate.edu/mesmith
>
>
>
> On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 10:58 AM, Amanda Holland-Minkley <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Following on Doug's recent distribution of the final document for the
>> SIGCSE 2018 special session, we discussed as a group over the summer that
>> one of the places we could use some more information is about the type of
>> voice a permanent group might provide for liberal arts computing so we can
>> better understand that need.
>>
>> I've drafted a very short survey that we could send to the sigcse-members
>> list. I thought about the goals of the survey as understanding likely
>> audiences and likely messaging for whatever voice a permanent group might
>> provide. I tried to keep it mostly closed questions to make it easier to
>> complete and easier to analyze.
>>
>> I've included that text below to get some feedback. Suggestions both
>> about structure and if the set of questions seems complete as well as
>> wording suggestions or additions to the lists of options are all welcome.
>> I'm hoping this is a starting point you can all help improve.
>>
>> Best,
>> Amanda
>>
>>
>> Draft Survey to SIGCSE Mailing List
>>
>> The SIGCSE Committee on Computing Education in the Liberal Arts has been
>> working to identify any distinctive needs of liberal arts computing
>> educators. We have gathered evidence that the liberal arts computing
>> community would benefit from a permanent group that would support
>> collaboration and information sharing within the community. There is also
>> some evidence that a permanent group could provide a useful voice for
>> liberal arts computing to external audiences. This survey seeks to gather
>> additional information on this need.
>>
>> What audiences have you most engaged in discussing or advocating for
>> liberal arts computing?
>> [CHECK ALL THAT APPLY]
>> __ Current students and their families
>> __ Prospective students and their families
>> __ Potential employers of students/graduates
>> __ Graduate programs
>> __ Funding agencies
>> __ Educational policy groups
>> __ Faculty and staff at your own institution
>> __ Computer science faculty at other institutions
>> __ Media
>> __ Other: _____
>> __ None
>>
>> Which audiences would most benefit from having access to an organized
>> voice for liberal arts computing?
>> [CHECK ALL THAT APPLY]
>> __ Current students and their families
>> __ Prospective students and their families
>> __ Potential employers of students/graduates
>> __ Graduate programs
>> __ Funding agencies
>> __ Educational policy groups
>> __ Faculty and staff at your own institution
>> __ Computer science faculty at other institutions
>> __ Media
>> __ Other: _____
>> __ None
>>
>> Have you personally been asked to or had the opportunity to represent the
>> liberal arts computing perspective within a broader discussion of computing
>> education?
>> __ Yes
>> __ No
>> If no, please describe: _____
>>
>> What message or perspective do you think most exemplifies the voice of
>> liberal arts computing?
>> [FREE ENTRY TEXT BOX]
>>
>> Do you consider yourself to be involved in liberal arts computing
>> education?
>> __ Yes
>> __ No
>>
>> If yes, what is the nature of your relationship to liberal arts computing
>> (select your current primary connection)?
>> [CHECK ONE]
>> __ Currently employed in liberal arts computing education
>> __ Previously employed in liberal arts computing education
>> __ Graduate of a liberal arts computing program
>> __ Interested in liberal arts computing education
>>
>>
>>
>> Dr. Amanda M. Holland-Minkley
>> Professor, Computing and Information Studies
>> Washington & Jefferson College
>>
>
>