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OOPSLA 2000, Conference On Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications

Educators' Symposium Chair: Jutta Eckstein, edu_symp@oopsla.acm.org
3 April 2000: Submissions due
26 May 2000: Notification of acceptance 

General Information
The Educators' Symposium is for professionals who have a vested interest in object technology education and training. This one-day symposium is a unique forum for academic and industry educators to discuss their needs and ideas for incorporating object technology into courses, curricula, and training plans under consideration of the human factor. The Symposium will include invited talks, short presentations, panels, workshop summaries, interactive exercises, posters and other opportunities to exchange course materials.

OOPSLA 2000 is proud to announce the availability of scholarships for educators from 2 and 4 year colleges to attend the Educators' Symposium and Conference. These scholarships are sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN).

OO educators and trainers from all levels of academia and industry are invited to send submissions. Submissions will be published in the Educators' Symposium proceeding notes. Selection will be based on clarity, originality, technical and educational merit, and, most of all, the potential relevance to other OO educators and trainers (the "reuse value"). The review committee will look for ideas that can be utilized by others at the Symposium (specific ideas for general use). 

Acceptance of your paper only guarantees that it will be published in the Educators' Symposium proceeding notes. It does not guarantee that the one-day program will allow time to present it. However, all those with accepted papers will have the opportunity to participate in some way in the day's program.

Submissions that do not follow the guidelines stated in this document are not likely to be considered for review.

Submissions are solicited in the following four categories:

1. Experience paper
There is no doubt that all those in OO education and training face similar challenges. Submissions in this category will present a challenge encountered in an academic or industry environment and a description of an innovative idea that was used to meet that challenge. Everyone has something to contribute in this category. If you do not wish to submit a paper, please put your idea(s) on a poster.

Submissions in this category should cover one of - but are not limited to - the following experience domains:

  • Teaching social skills
  • Academia - Industry collaboration
  • Case Study

Submissions must include the following sections

  • Abstract
  • Description of experience domain
  • Description of the experience
  • Suggestions for how your idea can be used by other OO educators (in other environments)

2. Research paper
Submissions in this category will report on a research project that contributes to knowledge in the field of OO education and training.

Submissions must include the following sections:

  • Abstract 
  • Description of the research field
  • Suggestions for how your findings are applicable to OO educators 

3. Reports of other 1999/2000 OO education/training events
If you are organizing and/or participating in any OO education or training event, such as a workshop, working group, or conference during the year (or at OOPSLA 2000), we want to hear about it. Submissions in this category can include a description of an upcoming event if the event is being held after the March deadline.

Submissions must include the following sections:

  • Description of the event 
  • Expected outcomes 
  • Actual outcomes (if the event has already occurred) 
  • Suggestions for what educators can do with the outcomes 

4. Mini Poster
All attendees are asked to bring a small poster (3 ft. x 3 ft. or smaller) to the Symposium, to be displayed on boards throughout the room. This is an additional opportunity to share the materials you use in your classrooms (exercises, effective evaluation questions and methods, course materials and handouts, a web page address (with the contents of that page), description of course needs, things you want to brag about or advertise, anything!). Nothing fancy is needed. Proposals are not required. Feel free to grab some materials as you run out the door to OOPSLA and simply tack them up on the boards when you enter the Symposium.

Format of the Submissions

  • All submissions must contain a title, the category, author(s) name, affiliation, e-mail, phone and fax numbers. 
  • Submissions of various sizes are encouraged. Authors should aim for drafts between 2 and 10 single-space pages. 
  • Electronic submissions should be in one of the following file formats: MS Word, PDF, PostScript or HTML.
  • If your submission is accepted, text for camera-ready documents will be required to be in two-column text, have a 15-point font bolded title with 12-point font bolded section headings, a 12-point font text body, and 1-inch margins. 

Mechanics of Submissions

  • Electronic submission of proposals is required. Paper and fax submissions will not be accepted. Much of the information will be entered directly.  Other information will be attached as files with the submission.
  • Go to your OOPSLA 2000 Personal Page.  If you do not have a personal page yet, or if you have forgotten the URL, go to the "My OOPSLA2000" page (you can also get there from the OOPSLA home page).
  • From your OOPSLA 2000 Personal Page, follow the "Submit Educators’ Symposium Proposal" link.
  • Complete the submission form on the Web page and hit "submit".  You will be transferred to your own private URL from which you can check on the status of your Tutorial submission at any time.
  • You will receive confirmation by email that your proposal has been received and is complete.
  • Proposals must be submitted no later than 3 April 2000, but earlier is better. We will read early proposals and work with the submitter(s) to further develop proposals that need additional information or to identify possible innovative techniques for delivery.
  • Proposals may be modified up until the deadline.

Acceptance and rejection notifications will be emailed by 26 May 2000.

Questions should be directed to Jutta Eckstein, the Educators' Symposium Chair at: edu_symp@oopsla.acm.org

Important Dates
The dates for the review process are as follows:

  • 3 April 2000: Submissions due 
  • 26 May 2000: Notification of acceptance 

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