Teaching coding and computer science is becoming an important issue in many countries. A number of education systems have started to take initiatives towards introducing the topic.
The problem of teaching entire generations has to be dealt with in complex situations in which there are (usually) not enough well-formed teachers, variable available equipment,
strong support from the parents and from the industry, uneven understanding by the political deciders…
Open Educational Resources (OER) seem to be playing a key part in the deployment of the different initiatives either to help form the teachers or to directly work with the children.
Furthermore, the joint work with a number of actors, both from academia and from industry is leading to build a general open education environment:
● resources towards teaching the educators can be open,
● resources accessible to the teachers can be open,
● hardware will often rely upon open software.
The goal of this session is to cross-examine the experiences from different countries, to answer the question of the specific relation between teaching coding and computer science and OERs as well as to provide the community with an analysis of the situation.
Overall, the question to be answered is also the title of the session: is teaching coding and computer science a test case for OER?