Who?

It’s all about community, picture by Thomas Hawk is licensed CC-BY-NC

Who are we? We are a community of educators that meet monthly to discuss peer-reviewed papers on Computer Science Education (CSE), typically published at conferences and in journals.

Anyone is welcome to join us, we encourage diversity because in diverse communities:

“Everyone has something to learn, everyone has something to teach.

Greg Wilson on rebooting instructor training

As of 2021, we’ve had people join from organisations around the UK and Ireland including Bath (bath.ac.uk), Bristol (uwe.ac.uk), Cambridge (ocr.org.uk, raspberrypi.org), Canterbury (kent.ac.uk), Dublin (ucd.ie), Durham (dur.ac.uk), Edinburgh (napier.ac.uk), Glasgow (gla.ac.uk), Lancaster (lancaster.ac.uk), London (qmul.ac.uk), Manchester (manchester.ac.uk, mmu.ac.uk), Milton Keynes (open.ac.uk), Nottingham (nottingham.ac.uk), Ormskirk (edgehill.ac.uk), Oxford (brookes.ac.uk), and Sheffield (shu.ac.uk) participating. Each meetup typically has between 10 to 20 participants, with a healthy “churn” each month. There are currently 100 people registered in the slack workspace, who are part of a larger community at uki-sigcse.acm.org

Manchester journal club meetings are currently chaired by Duncan Hull and hosted virtually (on zoom) by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. Other groups meet in parallel in Canterbury and Glasgow.

Evidence-based Education

Our journal club will primarily be of interest to practitioners who are interested in how they can improve their teaching by using published and peer-reviewed evidence. Let’s call it evidence-based education. Consequently, this journal club is also likely to be of interest to:

  • Educators who teach some flavour of computing at University, FE college or high school
  • Engineers who lead teams and are responsible for the continuing professional development (CPD) of their team
  • Teaching assistants are you a graduate teaching assistant (GTA)? Would you like to get better at doing your job while building a broader understanding of the issues?
  • Trainers who train and develop the talent of others in computing, for example at coding boot camps and the like
  • Trainees on coding and technical training courses, how could your training be improved?
  • Students: undergraduates what are your experiences of learning computer science at school, college or University? How could they be improved?
  • Scientists and researchers with an interest in pedagogy. You’re interested in the theory and practice of how people learn and how that knowledge can be used to improve teaching
  • Employers who employ and train software engineers, data scientists, developers, coders and programmers etc
  • Employees your employer has sent you on a training program or bootcamp to build your computing skills. What do you need to learn new computational skills? How can you learn it?
  • Everyone and anyone who is curious.

Our doors are open, this is not an ivory tower, all are welcome. If you’d like to join, see sigcse.cs.manchester.ac.uk/join-us.

Acknowledgements

We’d like to thank Steven Bradley, Sally Fincher, Quintin Cutts and Jane Waite for their help, advice and support in getting this journal club started and keeping it going.

Thanks also to all our past and present journal clubbers – we can’t do it without you!