Computing and Engineering Sciences Education Research (CESER) series aims to promote dialog and research around Computing and Engineering Sciences Education Research. 


  • We envision CESER to be a catalyst and resource to respond to challenges in Computing and Engineering Sciences Education Research by fostering learning, engagement and discovery at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and beyond.


  • Raise awareness and build a community around educational research in Computing and Engineering Sciences
  • Attract thought-provoking speakers to share their work and their vision for Computing and Engineering Sciences Education
  • Advance discourse and learning around topics, challenges, and opportunities in Computing and Engineering Sciences Education
  • Facilitate opportunities for collaboration
  • Broaden participation and increase student interest in pursuing careers in Computing and Engineering Sciences Education

For enquiries on the CESER series, contact Dr. Diana Cukierman, School of Computing Science or Dr. Tenzin Doleck, Faculty of Education


2022 Computing and Engineering Sciences Education Research Series

Event Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Time:  10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Location: SFU Burnaby, TASC/ ASB Building (TBD)

Speaker: Dr. Amy J. Ko, Professor, The Information School, University of Washington, Seattle.

Title: The Promise and Problems of CS for All


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Computing has been transformational in nearly every aspect of society — except for one: education. The vast majority of youth, despite often being surrounded by computing devices, the internet, and content created with and for computers, never learn anything about computation. It is a great irony that youth learn about their bodies in biology, chemistry, and physics; their values and communities in social studies and language arts; and their creative capacity in the arts, but almost nothing about the phenomena that connects them so powerfully to friends, family, stories, play, while simultaneously amplifying so many of the harmful forces of inequity and injustice in the world. In this talk, I discuss why primary and secondary education has largely overlooked computing, the role of both research, teaching, service, and activism in bringing computing to education, and the critical role of higher education in catalyzing these changes. Throughout, I discuss my own path from computer scientist to computing education researcher and the many kinds of research I’ve learned to do along the way.


Amy J. Ko is a Professor at the University of Washington Information School and an Adjunct Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. She directs the Code & Cognition Lab, where she and her students study CS education, human-computer interaction, and humanity's individual and collective struggle to understand computing and harness it for creativity, equity, and justice. Her earliest work included techniques for automatically answering questions about program behavior to support debugging, program understanding, and reuse. Her later work studied interactions between developers and users, and techniques for web scale aggregation of user intent through help systems; she co-founded AnswerDash to commercialize these ideas. Her latest work investigates effective, equitable, and inclusive ways for humanity to learn computing, especially how data, algorithms, APIs, and AI can both empower and oppress. Her work spans more than 140 peer-reviewed publications, with 13 receiving best paper awards and 4 receiving most influential paper awards. She is an ACM Senior Member, a member of ACM SIGCHI, SIGCSE, and SIGSOFT, and a member of the SIGCHI Academy, for her substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. She received her Ph.D. at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, and degrees in Computer Science and Psychology with Honors from Oregon State University in 2002.