These publications are representative of the work from the CAT Lab.

Evaluating Maker tools to Understand Learning with Physical Computing
Where are the Glass-Boxes? Examining the Spectrum of Modularity in Physical Computing Hardware Tools

Kayla DesPortes and Betsy DiSalvo. Presented at IDC 2017.
Spectrum Of Modularity

Circuit Diagrams Vs. Physical Circuits: The Effect of Representational Forms During Assessment
Kayla DesPortes, Aditya Anupam, Neeti Pathak and Betsy DiSalvo. Presented at IEEE FIE 2016.
Circuit Diagrams vs Physical Circuits

Exploring Traditional and Workbench-Style Kits to Support Project- and Problem-Based Learning
Zane Cochran and Betsy DiSalvo, Presented at IEEE FIE 2016.
Maker Kits as PBL or PBL

BitBlox: A Redesign of the Breadboard
Kayla DesPortes, Aditya Anupam, Neeti Pathak and Betsy DiSalvo, Presented at IDC 2016.

Participatory Design and Research through Design
Participatory Design Through a Learning Science Lens.
Betsy DiSalvo. Presented at CHI 2016.
Participatory Design w:Learning Science Lens

Medium Probes: Exploring the Medium not the Message.
Betsy DiSalvo and Parisa Khanipour Roshan.  Presented at ACM Design of Interactive Systems (DIS 2014).
DIS Medium Probes

Designing for Democracy in Education: Participatory Design and the Learning Sciences.
Betsy DiSalvo and Carl DiSalvo.  Presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences.
PD and the Learning Sciences

Low-Income Parents Access to Informal Learning 

Design Guidelines for Parent-School Technologies to Support the Ecology of Parental Engagement. Marisol Wong-Villacres, Upol Ehsan, Amber Solomon, Maria Pozo Buil, and Betsy DiSalvo. Presented at DIS 2017.
Interactions between Schools and Families

Information Seeking Practices of Parents: Exploring Skills, Face Threats and Social Networks.
DiSalvo, Betsy, Khanipour Roshan, Parisa, and Briana Morrison. Presented at CHI 2016.
Information Practices of Parents

Exploring How Parents in Economically Depressed Communities Access Learning Resources.
Parisa Khanipour Roshan,  Maia Jacobs,  Michaelanne Dye, and  Betsy DiSalvo. Presented at ACM Group 2014.
Group Parent Interviews 2014

They Can’t Find Us: The Search for Informal CS Education.
Betsy DiSalvo, Cecili Reid, and Parisa Khanipour Roshan (2014)  Presented at the ACM conference on Computer Science Education 2014SIGCSE They Can’t Find Us

Games and Play Practices
Gaming Masculinity
A chapter in Diversifying Barbie to Mortal Combat
Betsy DiSalvo
Gaming Masculinity

Pink Boxes and Chocolate-dipped Broccoli: Bad Game Design Providing Justifications for Reluctant Learners.
Betsy DiSalvo. Presented at the Conference on Games Learning and Society, Madison, July 2015.
Pink Games

Computer Science Education
Graphical Qualities of Educational Technology Using Drag-and-Drop and Text-Based Programs for Introductory Computer Science.
Betsy DiSalvo.  IEEE Computer Graphics and ApplicationsDiSalvo IEEE CGA 2014

Glitch Game Testers

The motivation to not learn can be greater than a motivation to learn. In Glitch we created opportunities for students to “save face” by justifying their participation in a computer education activity as being “paid to play” or being responsible and holding down a job.

Betsy DiSalvo, Mark Guzdial, Tom McKlin,  and Amy Bruckman (2014) Saving Face While Geeking Out: Video Game Testing as a Justification for Learning Computer Science. Journal of Learning Sciences.
JLS Saving Face While Geeking Out

For a short read about Glitch Game Testers:
Disalvo, Betsy and Amy Bruckman (2011). From Interests To Values: Computer science is not that difficult but wanting to learn it is. Communications of the ACM, August 2011, pp. 27-29. ACM Communications Viewpoints

For a very long read about Glitch here is my dissertation:
DiSalvo, Elizabeth (Betsy) (2012), Glitch game testers: the design and study of a learning environment for computational production with young african american males Disalvo Dissertation May 2012

For information on my background research on young african american male digital game play practices:
DiSalvo, Betsy, and Amy Bruckman (2010). Race and gener in play practices: Young African American males. Proceeding of the Foundations of Digital Games ConferenceFDG African American Male Play Practices



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