On our July 24 webinar we recapped the past year of the RPPforCS community, introduced a new structure for our community-facing supports for the coming year, and highlighted a few key events that we believe our community will be interested in. You can access the recording and slides here as well as the breakout discussion notes.
Leigh Ann reflects on her experience at the CSTA conference in July in "The Digital Requirement, Access: A Step to Equity, and Teachers Need Resources — Takeaways from #CSTA2019"
Alan remarks on the fifteenth annual ACM International Computing Education Research (ICER) conference:
On a beautiful Sunday in August in Toronto, Canada, 30 folks, including many RPPforCS’ers, met in a pre-ICER workshop entitled Student Learning: Creating, Refining, and Promoting Evaluation and Research Across Computing Education. The workshop, led by Adrienne Decker and Monica McGill (and co-sponsored by RPPforCS) fostered a rich discussion around:
- Identifying the assessment needs within the computer science education community,
- Determining what research needs to be conducted to expand the existing set of assessment tools and evaluation instruments,
- Determining ways to create awareness of the need for additional assessment tools and evaluation instruments as well as the research that needs to be conducted to meet those needs, and
- Identifying ways to create awareness of the benefits of using existing, validated evaluation instruments.
Four groups, organized to focus on K-5th grades, 6th-12th grades, post-secondary and K-12 teachers, worked through a process of identifying assessment and evaluation strengths and weaknesses, prioritizing needs, and identifying key changes needed in the short and long term. This effort is part of a larger effort within csedresearch.org to continue to support the needs of the community with respect to evaluation. The results of these conversations will be the subject of a forthcoming white paper that will be shared with the community.