2021-07-27 – Teaching Responsible Computing Summit

Online conference on July 27, 2021. Hosted by Mozilla. The Teaching Responsible Computing community is working towards integrating responsibility and ethics into computing curricula, with a focus on teaching methods. The aim is to support a cross disciplinary group of practitioners and faculty. The community includes teaching teams across colleges and universities who are part of the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, and many others working broadly with computing, social responsibility, and ethics curricula. It includes the 30+ collaborators on the Teaching Responsible Computing Playbook – which is always seeking more collaborators. This community includes disciplines beyond computing that are critical for responsible computing. It includes academics, industry practitioners, Computer Science education researchers, teaching and learning experts, and more. The community opportunities for collaboration, peer learning exchange, and periodic presentations and events relevant to social responsibility, ethics, computer science, research, teaching methods, and technology. 

The goals of this summit are to: spark cross disciplinary insight; collaborate and foster connections across a global cohort; and provide a platform for sharing and scaling teaching methods ideas across geographies. 

Lightning Rounds Speakers (3 minutes each)

11:30pm – 12:00pm

  • Jess Parris Westbrook, Depaul University College of Computing, Creative Coding
  • Aditya Johri, George Mason University, Role-Play Case Studies for Teaching Ethics of Algorithms
  • Alicia M. Grubb, Smith College, BRAVE Conversations in Computing
  • Eric C. Botts, University of St. Thomas, Let’s Craft a Code of Conduct for the Internet
  • Casey Fiesler, University of Colorado Boulder, Ethics from the Start: Ethics Integration in Intro Programing
  • Evan Peck, Bucknell University, Takeaways from 2 yrs of a Responsible Intro CS Course
  • Pedro M. Sasia, University of Deusto, Spain, Inclusion of Ethics in Computer Science Curricula
  • Sierra Gilliam, Georgia State University, Mapping Self in Society: A Method to Teach Data Ethics
  • Roland Maio, Columbia University, Do Others See What I See? Socially Exploring Privacy in Online Advertising
  • Victoria Neumann, Lancaster University, Decolonising computer science curriculums: Educating the educators

12:10pm – 12:40pm

  • Heather Leson, IFRC, Build Technology with Humanitarians
  • Alexander Steinhart, ThoughtWorks, Responsible tech playbook – From purpose to practice
  • Cam Flowers, Floreo Labs, Design Thinking, Critical Pedagogy, and the power of coding
  • Denise Dreher, Explore AI Ethics, Resources for Teaching Ethics & Artificial Intelligence
  • Erhardt Graeff, Olin College of Engineering, Civic Professionalism in Undergraduate Computing
  • Hadar Ben-Tzur, Beyond – Design and Technology Agency, Critical discussions about product design
  • Honey Dacanay, Government of Canada and McMaster University, Teaching for Multiple Futures
  • Thomas Hoy, Code for Canada, Sprinting with Speculative Design
  • Sarah Judd, AI4ALL, AI and Ethics
  • Neal Patwari, Washington University in St. Louis, Lessons: Equity & Fairness in Est. & Classification

12:50pm – 1:35pm

  • Dalia Muller, University at Buffalo, Impossible Project: Making Computing Anti-Racist
  • Irina Raicu, Santa Clara University, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Incorporating Ethical Analysis into Hackathons
  • Kathryn Fisler, Brown University, Responsible CS in Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Kevin Lin, University of Washington, Centering Identity and Culture in Critical Computing
  • Maria Smith, UC Berkeley, Teacher Training
  • Ron Cytron, Washington University, Group-based exploration of algorithmic fairness
  • Stacy Doore, Colby College, Computing Ethics Narratives (CEN) repository and teaching modules
  • Sean O’Brien, Yale Law School, Yale Privacy Lab, Ethical Hacking
  • Vandana Janeja, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Adaptable Ethics Module for Data Science Education
  • Marty J. Wolf, Bemidji State, Teaching Students Ethics and Impact on Software Development


  • Cross Institution Collaboration: Emanuelle Burton (University of Illinois at Chicago), Ellen Zegura (Georgia Tech), Xinru Page (Brigham Young University)
  • Teaching Team Panel with Students: Sabrina Fuller (University of Virginia), Sammy Raucher (UC Berkeley), Yanyan Ren (Brown University)
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Atri Rudra (University at Buffalo), Ben Shapiro (Georgia State University), Jeffrey Behrends (Harvard University), Maria Rodriguez (University at Buffalo)

Breakout Sessions

  • Choosing Computing Courses
  • Cross Institution Collaboration
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Managing Teaching Team 
  • Discussing Justice and Equity in the Computing Classroom
  • Engaging with Industry
  • Learning Outcomes and Assessments
  • Making Lessons Stick
  • Managing Resistance 
  • 2-3 other topics suggested by community during the event

Questions? Contact: responsiblecs@mozillafoundation.org