[SIGCIS-Members] History courses in CS departments

STEPHEN KAISLER skaisler1 at comcast.net
Wed Feb 15 10:01:29 PST 2023


I taught a History of Computing Course back in 2000 George Washington University in the Computer Science Dept., but could not reprise it because of need to re-allocate me to other courses.

I strongly believe in the History of Computing and have embarked on a multi-volume series of books called Historical Computing Machines being published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing of Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.

So far, 7 volumes have been published with the 2-book set on Control Data to be submitted within the next month for publication.

I did this because when I queried my students  about historical events in computing, they were largely unaware of them. So, I started writing this series to provide a set of books describe various machine architectures. I use anecdotes from the books to infuse my lectures with historical information.

Stephen Kaisler
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
Dept. of Computer Science
George Washington University

>     On 02/15/2023 12:40 PM Evan Koblentz via Members <members at lists.sigcis.org> wrote:
>     Hi everyone,
>     I've been teaching a special topics course in computer history for three semesters here at NJIT. The university policy is three semesters maximum, then the course must be made permanent or cancelled. So I'm going through the process of trying to make it permanent.
>     The department administration supports it, but it has to be voted on by the rank-and-file faculty, many of whom don't seem to understand the value of a history course -- or at least not of a history course in a technical department, rather than through our humanities college.
>     It would help if I can show them other examples. Can anyone point me existing examples of history courses in CS, EE, or other technical departments at U.S. universities?
>     -- 
>     Evan Koblentz
>     New Jersey Institute of Technology
>     - Senior Writer, Office of Strategic Communications
>     - Adjunct Instructor, Ying Wu College of Computing
>     - Faculty/Staff Advisor, NJIT Lego Club
>     evank at njit.edu mailto:evank at njit.edu
>     (973) 596-3065
>     https://web.njit.edu/~evank/
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