Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Computing was labeled a 'science' and placed almost immediately within the domain of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), but perhaps that was a mistake. Perhaps, as we are learning recently, there's much more to computing than the technical aspect - things like law, ethics, and power relations. Minimally, argues Randy Connolly, it needs to embrace other disciplines' insights, include some social sciences courses in the computing science curriculum, and hire faculty from multiple disciplines (hiring a few philosophers couldn't hurt either, ahem). "Computing also needs as an academic discipline... to move to the edge and to participate in the rich academic biodiversity that happens where computing interacts with other disciplines."

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