Guidance notes for participating in the CAS discussion forums
The main purpose of the CAS forums is to provide a safe place where new teachers can ask questions, receive help, tips and guidance, and discuss with their peers. Acceptable topics are everything that has the potential to improve any computing teacher’s situation or practice.
Unacceptable content is anything else. Note that some discussions – even though interesting – do not belong here. Specifically, this is not a place serving as a soap box or an expert discussion group. We value broad engagement and low hurdles of participation over in-depth discussion by few individuals.
Please adhere to the following principles when posting in the discussion forums or commenting on resources or events.
Some members of CAS work for companies whose business intersects education. We warmly welcome such members, who have much to offer the CAS community. You are likely to be particularly expert in areas relating to your company’s work. Making that expertise available to other CAS members is great.
In general, please do not advertise your products, services, courses, events, or vacancies on the CAS forums. There are two exceptions:
There’s a grey area between “making expertise available” and “advertising”. Example: someone asks for help with X and you know a solution to X that happens to involve your own project/product. Use your judgement, declare your interest, don’t keep pushing the same idea, and contact us if you are in doubt.
CAS discussions are private to the CAS community, as part of the safe space for conversation that the CAS Community Site provides for CAS members.
The preferred method of contacting other CAS members is via the private messaging mechanism on the CAS community website. You can use the email addresses of CAS members as a way to get in touch with them personally. You cannot gather email addresses in bulk to sell, or to use in your own mailing lists for marketing, advertising or other purposes. Using the forum to gather email addresses by way of responding to a discussion is discouraged.
The CAS Community forum is for everybody with a passion to transform computing education. We want a culture that celebrates rather than admonishes, supportive rather than destructive. We aspire for the forum to be like the school staff room i.e. a place where professional dialogue can take place. Low level disruption is unwelcome.
The role of the moderators is to resolve concerns where the posting guidelines are not being adhered to. Repeated reports of concern against an individual may result in the suspension or outright ban of that user from the CAS Community forum.
The moderators are a small team of volunteers. The Moderation Team is made up of volunteers, invited by the CAS Board due to their keen interest in the community forum and have shown themselves to be positive contributors with some experience of forum moderation. It is their role to address concerns when the posting guidelines are not upheld and to help the community as required.
The moderation team rely heavily on our members to flag content that could be deemed inappropriate or which contravenes the posting guidelines - bringing it to the attention of the Moderators in double quick time. You can bring a post to the attention of the moderators by clicking on the “Report concern” link in each post.
No. They will respond when a fellow CAS community member reports a concern about a particular post. Their involvement is light-touch.
When a user reports a concern this is flagged to the moderation team. One of whom will claim the report and deal with the issues arising from the concern raised and will respond according to the following stages:
|Stage 1||Before any formal process is started, the reporter is required to engage with the post directly in the forum: e.g. write a reply to a post within the forum debating its content, or raise questions about it, seeking clarification etc.||Moderator will contact reporter asking them to respond in the forum|
|Stage 2||If no resolution from Stage 1 reporter produces a written statement using the online pro-forma which will include statements and evidence from Stage 1.||Moderator will review concerns raised and conclude either (i) the post does not contravene the posting guidelines i.e. no further action required, or (ii) issue a warning to the poster and remove/hide the offending post|
|Stage 3||The poster is on warning from a previous Stage 2 concern||Moderator shares concern with moderation team for agreement to impose a temporary ban on the poster and remove the offending post. Return to the forum is dependent on receiving written confirmation with assent to abide by the CAS Forum terms and conditions.|
|Stage 4||Repeated violations of the CAS Forum posting guidelines||Moderator will share concerns with moderation team to impose a permanent ban on the poster.|
CAS is part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and thus BCS are responsible for the site as a whole, and amongst other things this includes the management of the moderation team and ensuring we abide by the BCS Code of Conduct.
If you wish to complain about the way a thread has been moderated then please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.