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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 GenderMag Method (formerly known as GenderMaP)
The GenderMag Method is a method to find usability issues through a gender lens. It consists of a GenderMag Cognitive Walkthrough and a GenderMag Persona.
A "kit" for using the method is available at no cost, upon request.
The current version is March 18, 2015, 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
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
- Anna Corinne Hall: Director, Saturday Academy
- Shamsi Iqbal, Microsoft Research
- Carlos Jensen: Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
- Jamie Macbeth: Postdoc, Clemson University
- Simone Stumpf:
Assistant Professor (Senior Research), Oregon State University and Lecturer, City University, London, UK
- Gina Venolia, Microsoft Research
Susan Wiedenbeck: College of Information Science and Technology
Professor, Drexel University
- Laura Beckwith: Former PhD student at Oregon State University. now free-lance HCI researcher
- Jill Cao: Former PhD student, Oregon State University, now UX at Mathworks
- Thippaya Chintakovid: former PhD student, Drexel University, now faculty member at King Mongkut University of Technology North Bangkok
- Todd Kulesza: PhD Student, Oregon State University
- Irwin Kwan: former PostDoc at Oregon State University. now UX at Mathworks
- Vaishnavi Narayanan: former MS student at Oregon State University. now at EBay.
- Thomas Park: PhD student, Drexel University
- Anicia Peters: Postdoc, Oregon State University
- Shraddha Sorte: former MS student, Oregon State University, now Principal UX at TheFind, Inc.
- Neeraja Subrahmaniyan: former MS student at Oregon State University, now Postdoc at GE Global Research
- Forrest Bice. Undergrad research at Oregon State University
- Derek Inman: Undergrad researcher, Oregon State University
- Kyle Rector: Undergrad researcher until 2010 and Tektronix Scholar, Oregon
State University. Now a PhD student at University of Washington
- Rachel White, Undergrad researcher, Oregon State University.
- Nicole Usselman: Saturday Academy High School Intern at Oregon
- Diana Salazar: Saturday Academy High School Intern at Oregon
- Akshay Subramanian: Saturday Academy High School Intern at
Oregon State University
- Rachel White: Saturday Academy High School Intern at Oregon
- Russell Drummond: Saturday Academy High School Intern at Oregon
- Karin Bucht: Saturday Academy High School Intern at Oregon State
- Sienna Hiebert: Saturday Academy High School Intern at Oregon
- Michelle Hastings: Saturday Academy High School Intern at Oregon
Here are some talks on this subject, with publically available abstracts and/or videos.
- Nov 2014: The GenderMag kit (Beta Version) is available to analyze your problem-solving software for gender issues. If you want to try it, contact Margaret Burnett.
- 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
Principles of a Debugging-First Puzzle Game for Computing Education,
Michael Lee, Faezeh Bahmani, Irwin Kwan, Jilian Laferte, Polina Charters, Amber Horvath, Fanny Luor, Jill Cao, Catherine Law, Michael Beswetherick, Sheridan Long,
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 57-64, July-Aug. 2014.
- 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, (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: March 25, 2015