A sustainability component for a first-year course for information technology students

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Abstract

The concept of green computing has become a popular label employed by all major IT corporations when promoting either their hardware as energy efficient or asserting that their software solutions improve work performance and reduce the carbon footprint. Yet, how one addresses sustainability in computing is still a developing area and without clear guidelines or standards. Preparing students on topics of computing sustainability is thus essential for ensuring the future professionals have the skills to tackle such an important challenge. In this paper we propose a sustainability module we developed for an introductory computing course. We start by providing a justification of our work, motivated by the students' attitudes towards green IT as emphasized by an initial study. We continue with a description of the module and the class it was prepared for. Finally, we analyze the impact the module had on the students by discussing the results of an assessment survey. Our work provides a stepping stone for innovative integration of sustainability in computing by motivating students to become responsible global citizen and professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2012
Pages90-94
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2012
Event12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2012 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2012

Other

Other12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2012
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period4/07/126/07/12

Keywords

  • carbon footprint
  • green computing
  • information technology
  • sustainability

Cite this

Robila, S. (2012). A sustainability component for a first-year course for information technology students. In Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2012 (pp. 90-94). [6268045] (Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2012). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICALT.2012.56