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Practices, Aggregation, Infrastructure, and Retrieval Service (PAIRS) for Broadening Participation in Computing

Summary: Practices, Aggregation, Infrastructure, and Retrieval Service
(PAIRS) for Broadening Participation in Computing
Project Description
PAIRS will enable educators at all levels, in both formal and informal settings, to identify, select,
and use educational resources that have been shown by research to be effective or promising
for increasing the participation of members of under-represented groups in computing. Under
the Broadening Participation in Computing program, we have developed the BPC Collection of
the Engineering Pathway Digital Library, a National STEM Digital Library (NSDL) collection
housed at UC-Berkeley. An initial collection of 65 resources has been catalogued on the site. An
additional 279 evaluated resources have been identified and will be catalogued in the upcoming
weeks. Resources include research articles, teaching methods, assignments, BPC projects,
interventions, members of the BPC community, and other sites. As with other NSDL libraries,
Engineering Pathway does not actually serve the resources, but describes and points to them. It
routinely scours its URLs to ensure it is only pointing to live sites, is interoperable with other
digital libraries, and is both browsable and searchable.
Year One Activities
PAIRS Branding: BPC Collection
The project title describes our activities and the functionality of the collection. However, we have
named the collection the Broadening Participation in Computing Collection in Engineering
Pathway so that a user knows instantly the purpose of the collection. Our project web site is


Source: Agogino, Alice M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley


Collections: Engineering