Publications

From Needs to Strengths: Operationalizing an Assets-Based Design of Technology

Published in CSCW 2020, 2020

In this workshop, we will bring together researchers and industry actors to explore the implications of assets-based perspectives across domains, including Education, Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), and Participatory Design (PD).

Recommended citation: Wong-Villacres, M., Gautam, A., Roldan, W., Pei, L., Dickinson, J., Ismail, A., ... & Roden, E. (2020). From Needs to Strengths: Operationalizing an Assets-Based Design of Technology. In Conference Companion Publication of the 2020 on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 527-535). http://aakashg58.github.io/files/cscw2020.pdf

p for political: Participation Without Agency Is Not Enough

Published in PDC 2020, 2020

Reflecting on observations from participatory activities with a group of sex-trafficking survivors, we argue that building participant agency on the small and personal interactions is necessary before engaging in larger Political participation. Link to the recorded presentation.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Harrison, S., & Tatar, D. (2020). p for political: Participation Without Agency Is Not Enough. In Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference (PDC'20) http://aakashg58.github.io/files/pdc2020.pdf

Crafting, Communality, and Computing: Building on Existing Strengths To Support a Vulnerable Population

Published in CHI 2020, 2020

In this work, we present reflections from introducing a voice-annotated web application to a group of survivors. Link to the recorded presentation.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Harrison, S., & Tatar, D. (2020). Crafting, Communality, and Computing: Building on Existing Strengths To Support a Vulnerable Population. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems http://aakashg58.github.io/files/chi2020.pdf

Abstraction Through Multiple Representations in an Integrated Computational Thinking Environment

Published in SIGCSE 2020, 2020

Changing the representational affordances available to the students allows them to take their CT thinking beyond learning-to-abstract towards learning-through-abstraction.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Bortz, W., & Tatar, D. (2020). Abstraction Through Multiple Representations in an Integrated Computational Thinking Environment. In Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 393-399). http://aakashg58.github.io/files/sigcse2020.pdf

Missing in Measurement: Why Identifying Learning in Integrated Domains Is So Hard

Published in Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019

We present a mixed-methods analysis of student assessment results and consider potential issues with moving too quickly toward relying on a rubric-based approach to evaluating student learning in an integrated computational thinking and science classroom.

Recommended citation: Bortz, W. W., Gautam, A., Tatar, D., & Lipscomb, K. (2020). Missing in Measurement: Why Identifying Learning in Integrated Domains Is So Hard. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 29(1), 121-136. http://aakashg58.github.io/files/jost2019.pdf

Designing to Reflect Our Better Nature

Published in DIS 2019, 2019

We present a set of technologies designed in our research group where the focus has been on highlighting the nuanced but critical agency of people to shape interaction with their world using and through computers.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Stewart, M., Shrestha, C., Tibau, J., Harrison, S., & Tatar, D. (2019). Designing to Reflect Our Better Nature. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (pp. 21-24). http://aakashg58.github.io/files/dis2019b.pdf

Adding Voices to Support Web Navigation Among a Low Digital Literacy Group

Published in DIS 2019, 2019

This paper presents our initial experiences introducing and refining a voice-annotated web application to a group of people who have limited experience with technology.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Tatar, D., & Harrison, S. (2019). Adding Voices to Support Web Navigation Among a Low Digital Literacy Group. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (pp. 165-169). http://aakashg58.github.io/files/dis2019a.pdf

The Availability of Pedagogical Responses and the Integration of Computational Thinking.

Published in Integrating digital technology in education: School-university-community collaboration, 2019

We focus on one teacher’s pedagogical strategies employed in each of the two integrated domains-in this case, computational thinking and science.

Recommended citation: Bortz, W. W., Gautam, A., Tatar, D., & Lipscomb, K. (2019). The Availability of Pedagogical Responses and the Integration of Computational Thinking. Integrating Digital Technology in Education: School-University-Community Collaboration (2019), 81. https://www.infoagepub.com/products/Integrating-Digital-Technology-in-Education

Integrating Computational Thinking into Middle School Science: A Search for Synergistic Pedagogy

Published in ASEE-SE 2019, 2019

This paper highlights evidence that students can learn CT and science in tandem, particularly when pedagogy weaves the two domains into classroom tasks in complementary ways.

Recommended citation: Bortz, W. W., Gautam, A., Lipscomb, K., & Tatar, D. (2019). Integration Computational Thinking into Middle School Science: A search for Synergistic Pedagogy. In ASEE Southeastern Section Conference. http://aakashg58.github.io/files/asee2019.pdf

Beyond Saving: A Case for Agency-First Approach Against Domestic Violence

Published in ICTD 2019, 2019

We analyzed videos containing narrative stories of eight women in Nepal who had experienced domestic violence. We argue that designed systems, whether they be technologies or public policies, need to support the survivor’s agency rather than seeing them as victims needing to be saved.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Shrestha, C., & Tatar, D. (2019). Beyond Saving: A Case for Agency-First Approach Against Domestic Violence. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. http://aakashg58.github.io/files/ictd2019.pdf

Social Photo-Elicitation: The Use of Communal Production of Meaning to Hear a Vulnerable Population

Published in CSCW 2018, 2018

We adapted photo-elicitation to hear the voices of a group of sex-trafficking survivors, making the technique more communal.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Shrestha, C., Tatar, D., & Harrison, S. (2018). Social Photo-Elicitation: The Use of Communal Production of Meaning to Hear a Vulnerable Population. In Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 2, 56. http://aakashg58.github.io/files/cscw2018.pdf

Participatory Tensions in Working with a Vulnerable Population

Published in PDC 2018, 2018

The question raised is “how should our PD practice position itself with respect to the ideal of comprehensive democratic participation when potential harm may ensue to vulnerable people?”

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Shrestha, C., Kulak, A., Harrison, S., & Tatar, D. (2018). Participatory Tensions in Working with a Vulnerable Population. In Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial-Volume 2. http://aakashg58.github.io/files/pdc2018.pdf

Case for Integrating Computational Thinking and Science in aLow-Resource Setting

Published in ICTD 2017, 2017

We studied a method to integrate computational thinking, the ability to express problems and their solutions to a computing device, into an existing science classroom with the goal of deepening learning in both science and computational thinking in a low-resource setting in Nepal.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Bortz, W. E. W., & Tatar, D. (2017). Case for integrating computational thinking and science in a low-resource setting. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD'17). http://aakashg58.github.io/files/ictd2017.pdf

An Empirical Study of Activity, Popularity, Size, Testing, and Stability in Continuous Integration

Published in MSR 2017, 2017

We perform a cluster analysis to classify software projects that follow continuous integration in terms of their activity, popularity, size, testing, and stability.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Vishwasrao, S., & Servant, F. (2017). An Empirical Study of Activity, Popularity, Size, Testing, and Stability in Continuous Integration. In 2017 IEEE/ACM 14th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR). http://aakashg58.github.io/files/msr2017.pdf

Finding Abstraction-Comprehension Balance: A Study of Model-Based Integrated Science and Computational Thinking Application

Published in AERA 2017, 2017

This paper discusses representational tensions arising in developing integrated computational thinking and science modules.

Recommended citation: Gautam, A., Wall Bortz, W., Tatar, D., Lipscomb, K., Rivale, S., Orsino, C. & Etzkorn, F. (2017). Finding Abstraction-Comprehension Balance: A Study of Model-Based Integrated Science and Computational Thinking Application. American Educational Research Association (AERA'17). http://aakashg58.github.io/files/aera2017.pdf