Designing a new system for sharing computer science teaching resources

Mackenzie Leake, Colleen M. Lewis

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Abstract

Many online communities for high school computer science teachers have been developed to help teachers connect with each other and share course materials. However, these sites have failed to meet teachers' needs and are widely underused. Creating new communities by repeating the design of existing sites will only require teachers to search additional sites to find what they need. Prior work has framed the inefficacy of these sites in terms of usability without exploring additional underlying problems that discourage teachers from using the sites. We interviewed teachers about their attitudes toward existing sites to further our understanding of these underlying problems. During interviews teachers said that finding relevant resources is difficult and contributing to these communities requires too much time. We propose a new design for a system that lowers the barrier to participation while providing teachers with improved access to each other's relevant course materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion, CSCW 2016 Companion
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages321-324
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450339506
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 27 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 26 2016Mar 2 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW
Volume26-February-2016

Conference

Conference19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period2/26/163/2/16

Keywords

  • Computer science education
  • Online communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Leake, M., & Lewis, C. M. (2016). Designing a new system for sharing computer science teaching resources. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion, CSCW 2016 Companion (pp. 321-324). (Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW; Vol. 26-February-2016). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2818052.2869109