About

Grab yourself a brew and join us on Zoom. Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

We are community of educators, teachers, trainers and lecturers who meet online on the first Monday of every month. As a journal club, we discuss how published research insights can be used to improve our teaching of Computer Science. We welcome new members from inside and outside academia, whatever kind of teaching, training or research they do. What’s journal club all about? When, where and why do we meet? Who are we? Read on…

What?

We are a UK chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (acm.org), an organisation which advances computing as a science and a profession. Just like a book club, we meet to discuss literature, but instead of chatting about novels, we talk about interesting research papers the group have chosen on Computer Science Education.

We’re part of a wider Special Interest Group (SIG) on Computer Science Education (CSE), sigcse.org based in the UK, uki-sigcse.acm.org.

When?

In Manchester, we get together on the first Monday of the month, hosted and run by the Department of Computer Science cs.manchester.ac.uk. Other groups meet in parallel during the same week, contact your local group for details.

Where?

We typically meet online, see how to join us. As of September 2020, there are three groups discussing the same papers, centred around communities at:

  1. The University of Kent, chaired by Sally Fincher
  2. The University of Glasgow, chaired by Quintin Cutts
  3. The University of Manchester, chaired by Duncan Hull

Since the lockdown, physical locations are less important so join whichever group you like or setup your own and let us know about it via the channels below. We hope to be able to continue our online discussions face-to-face in the future.

Why?

We are building a community of practice for people who care about Computer Science Education. By meeting regularly, we can learn from each other and share best practice, see the club rules. There aren’t enough opportunities for people who are busy teaching or training to meet regularly and share their knowledge. Journal club fills this gap.

How?

See how to join us.

Who?

See who we are. You might be interested in two UK based conferences organised and hosted annually by our community:

  1. The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) see ukicer.com (various locations)
  2. The Computing Education Practice (CEP) at Durham University