• Claus Brabrand

    Head of Center for Computing Education Research, ITU



    Claus is an expert in University didactics; he frequently teaches teachers how to teach. He has designed the educational materials for ITU’s main initiatives aimed at recruiting a more diverse cohort of students. He is the (first) recipient of the Danish National Teaching Award (Undervisningsprisen 2020) given to only two Uni teachers in all of DK.  

    Title of presentation: 

    Increasing the diversity in IT education  

    Abstract of presentation: 

    First, we will consider why lack of diversity is a problem in IT education. Then, we will present research on how to change educational activities so that they appeal more to women and students without prior programming experience. Finally, we will show the effect of ITU’s onboarding initiative BootIT and how this connects with increasing diversity.


    Speaker for following sessions
    • CPH Conference Foyer
      30-11-2 - Organized by ITU
      Diversity is increasingly important for society and its businesses, and an absolute necessity in the IT sector. We want to avoid things like gender bias and make sure that our future digital infrastructure is appropriate for everyone. Furthermore, the IT sector is challenged from a resource perspective - a situation that can be mitigated by a more diverse workforce, where for instance women are currently significantly underrepresented. This session covers brand new research from the IT University of Copenhagen which demonstrates how IT education can be orchestrated to appeal much more to women than current study programmes, which has been predominantly designed to appeal to men. We will also hear about the state of affairs of diversity in the ICT sector from The Danish ICT Industry Association and not least how we need to engage more male leaders in the debate on diversity. And finally Fujitsu Denmark will reflect on successes, challenges, and the impact that a focus on diversity have on recruitment of talent and new employees.

      Introduction: Steffen Villadsen, Journalist, Teknologiens Mediehus
      Scientific Talk: “Increasing the diversity in IT education”, Claus Brabrand, Head of Center for Computing Education Research, ITU
      Business Talk:  “We need more diversity in the debate on diversity”, Natasha Friis Saxberg, Chief Executive Officer of The Danish ICT Industry Association
      Business Talk: “Diversity at Fujitsu Denmark”, Søren Rinnow Østergaard, CEO Fujitsu Danmark
      Coffee Break and Networking / 1:1 discussions

      Session coordinator: Claus Brabrand / Peter Ibsen, ITU
      Facilitator: Steffen Villadsen, Journalist, Teknologiens Mediehus
      Increasing the diversity in IT
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