DesPortes work focuses on integrating making with informal learning opportunities for youth that are underrepresented in the technology sector. She has also worked on uncovering the affordances and challenges with typical maker tools, such as breadboards and modular circuits. And she is redesigning an number of these tools to make learning through making more accessible without black boxing the electronic or computational components.
DesPortes, Kayla and DiSalvo, Betsy (2017). Where are the Glass-Boxes? Examining the Spectrum of Modularity in Physical Computing Hardware Tools. Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children 2017, Stanford, June 2017.
DesPortes, Kayla, Anupam, Aditya, Pathak, Neeti, and DiSalvo, Betsy (2016). Circuit Diagrams Vs. Physical Circuits: The Effect of Representational Forms During Assessment. Presented at the IEEE Conference on Frontiers in Education 2016, Erie, 2016
DesPortes, Kayla, Spells, Monet, and Betsy DiSalvo (2016). The MoveLab: Developing Congruence between the Self-Concept and Computing. Presented at the 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Memphis, March 2016.
DesPortes, Kayla, Anupam, Aditya, Pathak, Neeti, and DiSalvo, Betsy (2016). BitBlox: A Redesign of the Breadboard. Presented at the ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children 2016, Manchester, 2016.
DesPortes, Kayla, Spells, Monet, and DiSalvo, Betsy (2016), Interdisciplinary computing and the emergence of boundary objects: A case-study of dance and technology. Presented at the 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Singapore, June 2016.
Cochran has led the development of a maker based degree program at Berry College. The program, called the Creative Technologies major, blends liberal arts and technology through making practices and design.
We have all been collaborating with Gregory Abowd to bringing making into undergraduate and graduate level computer sciences courses at Georgia Tech and studying the implications on learning and engagement.
Cochran, Zane and DiSalvo, Betsy, 2016. Exploring Traditional Workbench-Style Kits to Support Project- and Problem-Based Learning. Presented at the IEEE Conference on Frontiers in Education 2016, Erie, 2016.