This is a personal blog that is a recording of my thoughts and experiences in teaching and education, learning, research, and mentorship. All four are aspects of my professional life that are close to my heart. The recording of these thoughts has been motivated by the fact that quality education, the thirst for learning, continued research, and active mentorship are issues that are not obviously lauded in current Kenya. Be that as it may, there are those who still believe in the purity and quality of the aforementioned aspects and even in the privacy of their practice, when no one is there to give them an award or record their activities, they strive to deliver honest and quality work for themselves and to others. There are those who believe that a room lights brighter when they can use their own light to light others’ candles, even when they have to sacrifice their time and resources to do so. These are the people I would like to identify with.
Since I suffer from insatiable wanderlust I will later add a page on my travels.
The views expressed here are done so while completely sane and not under any duress. The views expressed here are my own (or approved by me when they are not my own) and they are not of my employer, family, friends, neighbor or all the pets that I wish I had. Hence, I take full responsibility of every word typed here unless by some strange happenings, I leave my profile open in the middle of a busy cyber cafe somewhere. Or if, cryptography forbid, I get hacked. In the event of these cases I shall not admit liability but I shall inform my readers.
This site is G-rated.
Who am I Professionally?
I am a Teacher of Computer Science, a Mentor to Computer Science students, and a Researcher in Education Technology. My current area of research interest is in enabling learners to use their mobile phones to learn Java programming.
I hold a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, an M.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, and a B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Kenya Methodist University.
Some humbling and motivating honors have happened along the way.
Awards and Grants:
2016: Google Travel Award for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
2016: Anita Borg Institute Faculty Scholarship to present at the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
2016: Kenya Education Network (KENET) Travel Award to present at the International Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education.
2015: Heidelberg Laureate Forum Young Researcher, selected as one or 200 young researchers worldwide in Mathematics and Computer Science.
2015: Schlumberger Faculty for the Future award.
2015: ACM-Women Travel Award to present at the Mobile Learning Conference.
2014: Google Travel Award for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
2014: Google Anita Borg award winner (EMEA).
2014: The International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D
(IPID) Travel Award to present at the Mobile for Development Conference.
2012: Hasso Plattner Institute grant for a PhD in Computer Science at University of Cape Town.
2005: Shell Centenary Scholarship fund for an M.Sc in Computer Science at University of Oxford.
See more on my LinkedIn profile here.
Twitter handle: @evangelinechao