Designing dissemination and validation of a framework for teaching cloud fundamentals

James Paterson, Joshua Adams, Laurie White, Andrew Csizmadia, D. Cenk Erdil, Derek Foster, Mark Hills, Zain Kazmi, Karthik Kuber, Sajid Nazir, Majd Sakr, Lee Stott

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Three previous Working Groups (WGs) met at ITiCSE conferences to explore ways to help educators incorporate cloud computing into their courses and curricula by mapping industry job skills to knowledge areas (KAs). These WGs identified, organized, and grouped together student learning objectives (LOs) and developed these KAs and LOs in a repository of learning materials and course exemplars.
This WG focused on the sustainability of the work of its predecessors through dissemination, community building and validation of the framework of KAs and LOs and its contribution to curriculum development.
Firstly, a case study is presented which analyzed the implementation of a new Masters program which was based on the KAs and LOs. It was found that these provide a useful basis for program development and approval and demonstrate that successful program development of this nature can provide a valuable opportunity to communicate the work of the previous WGs.
Thereafter, a plan was formulated for dissemination of the work done in order to drive adoption and to encourage instructors with an interest in teaching cloud computing to participate and grow the community. While the strategy included a range of dissemination methods, the importance of interaction with users was a guiding principle. Initial pilots of webinar and workshop activities have been implemented.
Approaches to validating that a cloud computing course designed around the KAs and LOs can meet the needs of industry have been outlined with further iterations being considered. A research plan has been designed for a study to be implemented over the coming year in order to perform this validation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE-WGR '21: Proceedings of the 2021 Working Group Reports on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781450392020
ISBN (Print)9781450392020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2021
EventITiCSE 21: 26th Annual Conference on Innovation & Technology in Computer Science Education - Paderborn, Germany
Duration: 26 Jun 20211 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
ISSN (Print)1942-647X


ConferenceITiCSE 21: 26th Annual Conference on Innovation & Technology in Computer Science Education
Abbreviated titleITiCSE 21
Internet address


  • cloud computing, education, computer science, curriculum development
  • curriculum development
  • education
  • computer science
  • cloud computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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