[UA-discuss] [Ext] Re: Call for participation: UASG advisory team for UA in academic curriculum

Sarmad Hussain sarmad.hussain at icann.org
Sun Jul 17 13:44:05 UTC 2022

Thank you everyone who has responded so far on the list and privately. We are compiling the list of volunteers. It is exciting to have experienced team members in this area.

We will keep the call open till 25 July and get the work started after this date.


From: André Schappo <andre.schappo at mac.com>
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 4:49 PM
To: Sarmad Hussain <sarmad.hussain at icann.org>
Cc: "ua-discuss at icann.org" <ua-discuss at icann.org>
Subject: [Ext] Re: [UA-discuss] Call for participation: UASG advisory team for UA in academic curriculum

I am most definitely interested in this excellent initiative and am willing to commit the necessary time and effort.

Some of you will already know that I have spent years championing inclusion of internationalisation in University Computer Science/IT curricula.

Briefly - I do have some practical experience on this issue. For 7 years I taught a Computer Science degree final year elective module entitled "International Computing". The module was my own initiative and so I wrote the initial proposal, the justification, the module spec, the teaching material and completed lots of lots of forms to get the module accepted. In English academia it takes over a year to get a new module accepted and included into degree courses. Here is a very brief list of topics I used to teach: general intro to the very broad subject, Unicode, Unicode encodings, Fonts, Language Tags, Country Codes, Internationalising and Localising software, Adaptive Internationalised websites, Keyboard Mappings, Input Methods, IDNs and characteristics of some human language scripts (I covered Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean (I also covered how to write these scripts in keyboard mappings and input methods)).

This initiative is well timed because I recently learned of a related initiative "Diverse Internationalisation of Teacher Education (DITE)"   https://twitter.com/dite_project [twitter.com]<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/twitter.com/dite_project__;!!PtGJab4!_QeQe6thu6XsfqH2kJOT8sp7dMh5pJBcy8_drfXPphpAvRsQbn45LYrxWKG1GMp_67VvG2BwQNN_RkaXxCwZrRsJrsneu-8$> & https://dite.usz.edu.pl/ [dite.usz.edu.pl]<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/dite.usz.edu.pl/__;!!PtGJab4!_QeQe6thu6XsfqH2kJOT8sp7dMh5pJBcy8_drfXPphpAvRsQbn45LYrxWKG1GMp_67VvG2BwQNN_RkaXxCwZrRsJj-kKB5g$>  This seems like an opportunity for communication/collaboration between UASG and DITE

Hope my relevant experience qualifies me to join the "UASG advisory team for UA in academic curriculum"

André Schappo

On 16 Jul 2022, at 9:01, Sarmad Hussain via UA-discuss <ua-discuss at icann.org> wrote:
Dear UASG Members,
UA Measurement WG and UA Tech WG have included plans to include UA in CS/IT curriculum in FY23 Action Plan.
As the UA Measurement WG started looking into developing recommendations for technically implementing UA in the CS/IT curriculum, the WG members concluded that it is a broader topic which can benefit from input from other UASG members, especially those who are more directly involved in academia or technical training.  Therefore, UA Measurement WG has suggested to form a small advisory team which can oversee and guide this work, seeking volunteers from the broader UASG community.
The work would likely take 6-8 months with regular fortnightly meetings at least in the first and last couple of months as well as regular 1-2 hour weekly work over email. The eventual deliverables this advisory team will be guiding will include identification of modules, module course outlines, module course materials as well as recommendations on how to disseminate these materials for adoption into CS/IT curricula.
If you are interested in contributing to this effort, kindly let us know by either responding to this email or emailing your interest to info at uasg.tech<mailto:info at uasg.tech> by 25 July. Thank you for considering to contribute.


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