What types of materials are appropriate for the EngageCSEdu Collection?

Materials can be considered for the EngageCSEdu Collection if they meet the following criteria:

  • The material is an individual item (e.g., an assignment, a project, a lab, an annotated lecture) from an introductory computer science (or closely related) course, i.e., CS0, CS1, or CS2. In colleges and universities, these are usually freshman-level courses OR course materials designed for high school students if the material aligns with at least one CSTA level 3A or 3B standard. Check out how we define these course levels and other metadata here.
  • The material is high quality, i.e., it is engaging and consistently helps students learn the targeted concept.
  • The material employs at least one of our identified "Engagement Practices."
  • The material is free from stereotypes and references that might evoke stereotype threat.
  • The material is directly authored by you OR is a variation on another’s open source material and appropriately credits the original author.
  • The author specifies a Creative Commons license that, at the least, allows others to use the material for non-commercial purposes.
  • The submission has been implemented in an authentic educational environment.

Why should you submit materials to the Collection?

  • Inspire other instructors! Too often faculty work in isolation and reinvent the wheel. Break the isolation: Share your work with colleagues from across the country.
  • The collection is peer-reviewed in much the same way as a conference or journal. Having your teaching materials accepted to the collection is another way to demonstrate teaching effectiveness.
  • Get useful feedback from reviewers and users to help you improve your materials.
  • Get recognized as someone who is passionate about providing compelling first-year experiences in computer science, and connect to similarly engaged instructors.
  • Use the EngageCSEdu collection as a means of disseminating innovative curricular materials for introductory CS that you’ve developed from research projects.
  • If a reviewer nominates your materials, you could be recognized with an Engagement Excellence award!

How do you submit materials to the Collection?

  1. Create an Educator Account on EngageCSEdu, if you don't already have one.
  2. Log in. Click on the link below to create new collection item. Add the required descriptions and metadata. If you want submit multiple things from a course (and we encourage this!), please create a separate submission for each item.
  3. Upload your materials. 
  4. Please also include a syllabus, including a schedule of topics, to help other instructors understand your topic sequencing. If you are submitting multiple items, please make the syllabus a separate submission. We'll link everything later.

How does the peer review process work?

In short, very much like a peer review journal. 

  1. Your materials will first undergo an internal review process, including checking that the materials are appropriate for the collection (e.g., level and content). This also includes a first-pass review of the detail page information you have created. 
  2. The editors will contact you if they feel some edits need to be made before beginning the peer review process.
  3. The editors will select computer science reviewers who will assess the material's quality, pedagogical soundness, and appropriateness for the collection. CS reviewers also review the detail page for accuracy and consider the material through a broadening participation lens. At least one social or learning science will complete a subset of the review rubric, reading the material through a broadening participation lens.
  4. The editor will compile the reviews and provide an editorial overview. You will receive a decision of Deny, Revise and Resubmit, Accept with Revisions, or Accept. In the latter case, your materials will be published immediately. In the case of an R&R or Accept with Revisions, you will be asked to make some changes to your detail page, your materials, or both. In the case of an R&R, once you submit your changes, the submission will be put back through review; in the case of an Accept with Revisions, the editors will review the changes.

For more information on how to submit materials to the EngageCSEdu Collection or about our review process, please contact us at engagecsedu [at] ncwit.org