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Gender HCI Project
What if females would be better supported at problem-solving
if the problem-solving software they used were changed to take
gender issues into account?
Although gender differences in a technological world are receiving
significant research attention, much of the research and practice
aimed at how society and education can impact the successes and
retention of female computer science professionals. The possibility
gender issues within software, however, has received almost
attention. We hypothesize that factors within software have a strong
impact on how well female problem solvers can make use of the
software. Evidence from other fields and preliminary investigations
our own have already begun to reveal evidence supporting this
investigating the ways software supports or inhibits male and
problem solvers. We term this research topic "gender HCI" to
its focus on human-computer interaction (HCI) properties that take
gender differences into account in the design of software.
For a more complete discussion of Gender HCI see the Wikipedia article.
The GenderMaP Method
The GenderMaP Method is a method to find usability issues through a gender lens. It consists of a GenderMaP Cognitive Walkthrough and a GenderMaP Persona.
A "kit" for using the method is available at no cost, upon request.
The current version is September 10, 2014, and can be obtained by contacting Margaret Burnett.
People who have contributed to this work include:
Margaret Burnett (Project Lead): Professor of Computer Science, Oregon State University
- Laura Beckwith: Free-lance HCI researcher
Blackwell: Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge, UK
- Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research
- Umer Farooq, Microsoft
- Xiaoli Fern:
Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
- Scott Fleming: Asst. University of Memphis
- Valentina Grigoreanu: Microsoft
- Shamsi Iqbal, Microsoft Research
- Carlos Jensen: Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
- Anna Corinne Hall: Director, Saturday Academy
- Vaishnavi Narayanan: Microsoft
- Simone Stumpf:
Assistant Professor (Senior Research), Oregon State University and Lecturer, City University, London, UK
- Neeraja Subrahmaniyan: Microsoft
- Gina Venolia, Microsoft Research
Susan Wiedenbeck: College of Information Science and Technology
Professor, Drexel University
- Irwin Kwan: Postdoc, Oregon State University
- Jill Cao: PhD Student, Oregon State University
- Todd Kulesza: PhD Student, Oregon State University
- Shraddha Sorte: MS 2006, Oregon State University
- Thippaya Chintakovid: PhD student, Drexel University
- Thomas Park: PhD student, Drexel University
- Kyle Rector: Undergrad researcher until 2010 and Tektronix Scholar, Oregon
State University. Now a PhD student at University of Washington
- Nicole Usselman: Saturday Academy High School Intern '10 at Oregon
- Diana Salazar: Saturday Academy High School Intern '09 at Oregon
- Akshay Subramanian: Saturday Academy High School Intern '08 at
Oregon State University
- Rachel White: Saturday Academy High School Intern '08 at Oregon
- Russell Drummond: Saturday Academy High School Intern '06 at Oregon
- Karin Bucht: Saturday Academy High School Intern '06 at Oregon State
- Sienna Hiebert: Saturday Academy High School Intern '05 at Oregon
- Michelle Hastings: Saturday Academy High School Intern '04 at Oregon
Here are some recent talks on this subject, with publically available abstracts and/or videos.
- Feb 2012: Margaret Burnett is an ACM Distinguished Speaker now.
If you want to have her give a
talk on gender HCI, ACM will pay for my airfare to do so.
- Sept. 2007: An AP story
on Laura Beckwith's, Margaret Burnett's, and Susan
Wiedenbeck's Gender HCI work was picked up by numerous news
- End-User Debugging Strategies: A Sensemaking Perspective, Valentina Grigoreanu, Margaret Burnett, Susan Wiedenbeck, Jill Cao, Kyle Rector, and Irwin Kwan, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, (to appear 2012).
Gender Pluralism in Problem-Solving Software,
Margaret M. Burnett, Laura Beckwith, Susan Wiedenbeck, Scott D. Fleming, Jill Cao, Thomas H. Park, Valentina Grigoreanu, Kyle Rector,
Interacting with Computers, 23(5), Elsevier,
2011, pp. 450-460. doi:10.1016/j.intcom.2011.06.004.
A Debugging Perspective on End-User Mashup Programming, Jill Cao, Kyle Rector, Thomas H. Park, Scott D. Fleming, Margaret Burnett, Susan Wiedenbeck,
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, Madrid, Spain, September 2010.
Gender Differences and Programming Environments: Across Programming Populations,
Margaret Burnett, Scott D. Fleming, Shamsi Iqbal,
Gina Venolia, Vidya Rajaram, Umer Farooq, Valentina Grigoreanu, Mary Czerwinski, ACM ESEM, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy, September 16-17, 2010.
- A strategy-centric approach to the design of end-user debugging tools, Valentina Grigoreanu,
Margaret Burnett, and George Robertson, ACM CHI 2010, April 2010, pp. 713-722.
- End-user mashup programming: Through the design lens, Jill Cao,
Yann Riche, Susan Wiedenbeck, Margaret Burnett, and Valentina Grigoreanu,
ACM CHI 2010, April 2010, pp. 1009-1018. (Best Paper Award Honorable Mention)
- Mining Problem-Solving Strategies from HCI Data,
Xiaoli Fern, Chaitanya Komireddy, Valentina Grigoreanu, Margaret Burnett, ACM Transactions on
Computer-Human Interaction 17(1) Article 3, March 2010, pp. 1-22.
and Females' Script Debugging Strategies,
Valentina Grigoreanu, James Brundage, Eric Bahna, Margaret Burnett,
Paul ElRif, Jeffrey Snover, Second International Symposium on End-User
Development, Siegen, Germany, March 2-4, 2009. (The posted version is a
the Program My Computer Learned: Barriers for End Users, Challenges for
Todd Kulesza, Weng-Keen Wong, Simone Stumpf, Stephen Perona, Rachel
White, Margaret Burnett, Ian Oberst, Andrew J. Ko,
ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Sanibel Island, Florida,
Feb. 8-11, 2009, pp. 187-196.
Can Feature Design Reduce the Gender Gap in End-User Software
Valentina Grigoreanu, Jill Cao, Todd Kulesza, Christopher Bogart, Kyle
Rector, Margaret Burnett, and Susan Wiedenbeck, IEEE Symposium on Visual
Languages and Human-Centric Computing, Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany,
Sept. 2008, pp. 149-156.
- Integrating Rich User Feedback into Intelligent User Interfaces,
Simone Stumpf, Erin Sullivan, Erin Fitzhenry, Ian Oberst, Weng-Keen
Wong, Margaret Burnett, ACM International Conference on Intelligent User
Interfaces, January 2008. Here is the final version that
was printed but unfortunately it is missing Table 2. Here is the corrected
Mining Interpretable Human Strategies: A Case Study
Xiaoli Z. Fern, Chaitanya Komireddy, Margaret Burnett,
IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, Omaha NE, October 2007.
On to the Real World: Gender and Self-Efficacy in Excel,
Laura Beckwith, Derek Inman, Kyle Rector, and Margaret Burnett,
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, Couer
dAlene, Idaho, Sept. 23-27, 2007, pp. 119-126
Explaining debugging strategies to end-user programmers,
Neeraja Subrahmaniyan, Cory Kissinger, Kyle Rector, Derek Inman, Jared
Kaplan, Laura Beckwith, and Margaret Burnett,
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, Couer
dAlene, Idaho, Sept. 23-27, \
2007, pp. 127-134.
HCI Issues in End-User Programming, Laura Beckwith, Ph.D. Thesis,
Oregon State University, 2007.
HCI: What About the Software? Laura Beckwith, Margaret Burnett,
Valentina Grigoreanu, Susan Wiedenbeck, Computer, 83-87, November 2006.
is the version that was printed. This
is the original version.)
and Gender in End-User Programmers' Debugging," Laura Beckwith,
Cory Kissinger, Margaret Burnett, Susan Wiedenbeck, Joseph Lawrance,
Alan Blackwell, Curtis Cook, ACM Conference on Human-Computer
Interaction (CHI'06), Montreal, Canada, April 2006.
End-User Computing," Thippaya Chitakovid, IEEE Symposium on Visual
Languages and Human-Centric Computing, 325-326, September 2005.
Features for Both Genders in End-User Software Engineering
Laura Beckwith, Shraddha Sorte, Margaret Burnett, Susan Wiedenbeck,
Thippaya Chintakovid, and Curtis Cook, IEEE Symposium on Visual
and Human-Centric Computing, 153-160, September 2005.
of End-User Debugging Software Features:
Are There Gender Issues?", Laura Beckwith, Margaret Burnett, Susan
Wiedenbeck, Curtis Cook, Shraddha Sorte, Michelle
Hastings, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,
Portland, Oregon, April 2005, 869-878.
- (Doctoral Consortuim Event) "Gender
HCI Issues in Problem-Solving
Laura Beckwith, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,
Portland, Oregon, April 2005, 1104-1105.
Gender: An Important Factor in End-User Programming Environments?
Laura Beckwith and Margaret Burnett. In Proceedings of IEEE Symposium
on Visual Languages and
Human-Centric Computing Languages and Environments, Rome, Italy, Sept.
Sponsors & Partners
- National Science Foundation (grants #0420533, 0917366)
- Microsoft Research supported Laura Beckwith's PhD research 2004-2006. A later portion of this work was done during Margaret Burnett's 2009 sabbatical at Microsoft Research.
- A Saturday
Academy high school student researcher will be
working with us every summer on this project.
Date of last update: Sept. 10, 2014