Summary of points from CAS Community Leader, John Palmer on what makes a good CAS Community meeting, building on his own experience of running a successful community in the Malvern area for several years..
What makes a good CAS Community Meeting
- Well attended (with at least one month's notice of meetings to ensure maximum promotion and gain maximum attendance)
- Regular meetings (usually at least once per term)
- Collaboration with local University
- Useful content - focus of every meeting is to support computing activities in the classroom
- Long-term impact from attendance
- Feedback from attendees in order to offer targeted meeting programmes in the future
- Ideas to take-away
- Range of contributors / topics
- Curriculum development
- STEM Links
- Thoughtful location / timing of meetings
- Make your plans at the start of each term and advertise the community meeting for that term
- What is next?
- Remember to be realistic about what is achievable.
- Consider: Is the reach of CAS in the region continuing to grow?
- Are there strategies/approaches for reaching beyond those who already know about CAS?
- Make contacts, find out what people want?
- Look at CAS Online for CAS Members not attending meetings
- Use the CAS resources
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Request your local outreach person to support