Barbara Meguro is an Instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo. She has been teaching service courses for non-majors at UH Hilo since 2001, and has been teaching the introductory course for majors since 2012.
Prior to UH Hilo, she taught computer application and industry network certification courses (e.g., Novell) for 17 years at Coastline Community College in Fountain Valley, CA. She also supervised the college's computer laboratories there. Her primary industry experience was programming in Basic for the Budget Department of ITT Cannon Electric.
- M.A., Educational Technology, Arizona State University
- B.S., Mathematics, Grove City College, PA
Although it was many years ago, Ms. Meguro's master's thesis set the tone for her quest to improve students' learning in whatever class she taught. Her project for her master's thesis examined the effects of practice and incentive on the performance of students using flight simulators (the full-size simulators, before the software.) By the way, both factors had statistically significant effects.
For three years, she worked at SWRL, an NIE (National Institute of Education) research lab, assessing the effectiveness of specific curriculum materials.
Fast forward almost 40 years, and her interest area continues to be teaching methods. She recently participated in an NSF study about the effect of studio-based learning in computer science courses on (a) learning and (b) students' confidence in their ability to master the material.
- Digital Tools and Microsoft Office Applications
- Web Technology I, II, and Web Server Management
- Multimedia Programming (Jython)
- Animation Programming (Alice)
- Introduction to Graphics and Game Programming (ActionScript)
- Introduction to Computer Science I (Visual C++)
Ms. Meguro is focused on her teaching responsibilities, and enjoys the challenge of creating assignments that provide the context for students to learn and master new and worthwhile skills and content.
Ms. Meguro's publications are the various textbooks and course notes that she writes. Starting in 1987, she self-published "WordStar Explained" and "DOS for Beginners," both of which were used by several community colleges in California. As technology changed, her textbooks switched to WordPerfect and dBASE. (Remember those?)
At UH Hilo, she is a major contributor to most of the course notes used in the Computer Science service classes, particularly Microcomputer Applications Software, Web Technology I, Web Server Management, and Graphics and Game Programming (Flash / Actionscript).
- Judge at annual Hawai'i District Science & Engineering Fair. Ten exemplary projects are selected from the Junior Girls' Division (Grades 6-8) for awards from the American Association of University Women (AAUW)
- UH Hilo Assessment Committee Member (6 years) & Accreditation Visit
- CS Student Advisor
- CS Department's quasi-historian (various department details)
- Onizuka Day Workshop Presenter (2 years)