Thanks for sharing: CS pedagogical content knowledge sharing in online environments

Susannah Go, Brian Dorn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

6 Scopus citations


Programs such as CS10K and CS for All in the United States seek to increase the number of CS teachers and provide training to them, highlighting the need to understand how best to support teachers at disadvantaged schools. Compared with teachers at larger or more affluent schools, they are less likely to gain CS pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) through methods such as face to face conversations, attending conferences, or observing a colleague's class. However CS PCK is necessary for successful teaching and learning, and research has shown that teachers want opportunities to engage in reflective practice with peers. Thus teachers at underserved or isolated schools must rely on other methods to discuss and share CS PCK. We explore this problem by examining the current landscape of online resources used for this purpose. Data was collected from two online communication forone with lightly moderated content devoted to general CS education matters, and one with highly curated content devoted entirely to CS PCK. We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both flora, and synthesize our results by examining design recommendations for an online CS PCK resource that would capture the benefits of both environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWiPSCE 2016 - Proceedings of the 11th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education
EditorsJan Vahrenhold, Erik Barendsen, Erik Barendsen
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342230
StatePublished - Oct 13 2016
Event11th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, WiPSCE 2016 - Munster, Germany
Duration: Oct 13 2016Oct 15 2016

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other11th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, WiPSCE 2016


  • LDA
  • Online communities
  • Pedagogical content knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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