The CSER team is on its way to SIGCSE 2017 to present on a range of projects. Running from the 8th to the 11th March, SIGCSE is the largest event for our community, with over 1,300 attendees this year. It’s a fantastic event to attend, although with a small (relatively!) international contingent.

We are starting with a paper presentation on the professional development model for our CSER MOOC program. In this paper, we will be exploring some of the decisions we have made in the design of our program that support greater community engagement and learner activity. With teacher professional development in this space fast becoming a global concern, we hope that sharing what we have learnt will be useful. We will be exploring some of the theory underpinning the MOOC design, as well as the impact of our first three cohorts. This is really a placeholder presentation, as we are in the middle of a much more detailed analysis exploring correlations between community engagement and course participation, as well as long-term impact on teacher practice.

Rebecca Vivian will then be leading a special session, exploring some of the findings from her recent fellowship and study exploring international best practice for broadening participation and diversity in Computer Science. This is fantastic work, and I’m excited to see what comes out of the work participants will do in the session.

And finally, Nick Falkner, along with colleagues, Elizabeth Patitsas and Colleen Lewis, will be presenting a Birds of a Feather session on alternative models for publishing and dissemination of CS education research, talking about some of the new ways that our community are communicating and engaging with each other and how these can be more effective that more traditional publication means.

Looking forward to talking with everyone while we are here!

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