It’s the Community!
Michael Clancy, University of California, Berkeley
Idecided early on that I liked to teach. After a lot of teaching as a graduate student, I was hired by U.C. Berkeley’s
EECS department as a teaching faculty in charge of the
introductory programming courses. My understanding
of good teaching, however, was somewhat limited: giving
interesting lectures and inventing interesting homework
that appropriately exercised the topic of the week.
Then I discovered SIGCSE! Reading the Bulletin and attending the Symposia exposed me to hundreds of people interested
in computer science education, compared with only a few at
home. Arnie Dyck showed me how to manage teaching and
support staff. David Kay and I traded ideas for teaching functional programming in CS 1. Owen Astrachan, Rich Pattis, and
Stuart Reges had opinions about book writing, curriculum design, and almost any other topic related to computer science.
These people, and numerous others, became my collaborators,
partners, and friends.
Flash to 2018. SIGCSE members continue to explore advances in computer science education, but challenging questions remain. How can students and teachers make best use of
working collaboratively? Which format—e.g. MOOC, lab-cen-tric, self-paced, flipped—offers the best pedagogical options
for large-enrollment courses? What activities and tools most
effectively contribute to learning? Answers are being devised
by SIGCSE members.
Along with the scope of SIGCSE activities, I came to value the
accessibility of the community. It has been easy for me to collect
ideas and contribute a few of my own. Everyone is happy to share.
Retirement hasn’t stopped me. I’ve been to every Symposium since 1985, and Symposium attendance is a valued part
of my year. This is due partly to the technical content, where
SIGCSE is pushing the state of the art in computer science education, and partly to the people who contribute ideas, experiments, and feedback. This is the SIGCSE community, and I’m
still excited to be part of it.
Computer Science Division
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1776
DOI: 10.1145/3231744 ©2018 ACM 2153-2184/18/12
Then I discovered SIGCSE! Reading
the Bulletin and attending the
Symposia exposed me to hundreds
of people interested in
computer science education,
compared with only a few at home.