Why do we need reviewers?

All course materials submitted to the EngageCSEdu collection are peer-reviewed by computer science educators and by social scientists who specialize in diversity and inclusion. This peer review process ensures that users will find the best, most engaging introductory CS course materials in the collection.

Who are we looking for?

Computer Science reviewers (CS) evaluate the quality of the material’s content and approach, and the accuracy of the metadata. They need a good understanding of core introductory computing concepts and the typical languages used. Ideally, they have experience as an introductory CS instructor and solid knowledge of effective pedagogy. CS Reviewers will need a familiarity with research-based practices to engage students.

Social Science/Education reviewers (SS) evaluate whether a submitted material makes effective use of research-based engagement practices, and whether the material is free from stereotypes and material that may evoke stereotype threat. The SS reviewer should be familiar with inclusive pedagogy for attracting and retaining women and other underrepresented groups in the field of CS. Familiarity with basic computing concepts is a plus, however, an SS reviewer does not need in-depth knowledge of CS content.

What does a review entail?

Periodically, you will receive requests from an editor to review a submission. You many accept or decline this request. We just ask that you let us know in a timely manner. As a reviewer you will evaluate the submission's detail page and all associated files (e.g., student facing materials, support files, implementation instructions) and links. Each reviewer answers a set of questions specific to their type of review (Computer Science or Social/Learning Science) and recommends whether the material should be denied, returned to the author to rework ("revise and resubmit"), or added to the collection.

How much time will it take?

Reviews typically take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of the material.

How do I join the EngageCSEdu reviewer pool?

Simply send an email to engagecsedu@acm.org with your name, contact info, and your areas of expertise. An editor will be in touch to complete the process.