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Chair: Helen Sharp, The Open University, edu_symp@oopsla.acm.org

Important Dates
Submission Process
Submission Guidelines
Format Of Submissions
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Production of a special issue of the Computer Science Education Journal on object-oriented education is currently under discussion. If this special issue goes ahead, then submissions to the Educators Symposium will be considered for inclusion. Submissions would be re-refereed and may require extension to be included in the Journal. Acceptance of submissions for the Symposium does not imply publication in the Journal

Come and join us at the 11th OOPSLA Educators' Symposium - A Unique Forum for OO Trainers and Educators

The Educators' Symposium is for professionals in industry and academia who have a vested interest in object technology training and education. This one-day symposium is a unique forum for trainers and educators to discuss their needs and ideas for incorporating object technology into training plans and courses. The Educators' Symposium facilitates the exchange of ideas in a number of ways, including featured talks, paper presentations, activity sessions, posters, demonstrations and other opportunities to exchange course materials.

OOPSLA 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).

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Important Dates
Submission due date: 22 March 2002
Acceptance and rejection notifications: 7 May 2002

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Submission Process

Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system. Other submissions will not be accepted.

OO trainers and educators from all levels of industry and academia are invited to send submissions in any area of OO education and training including, but not limited to the following:

  • Support for teaching and learning at a distance
  • Support for self-directed study
  • Interdisciplinary teaching and learning
  • Facilitating a learning organization
  • Active learning
  • Teaching and learning techniques
  • Use of resources, e.g. web sites, learning materials, evaluation questionnaires and so on.
  • Understanding of OO learning and training, i.e. how do our students learn?

Selection will be based on clarity, originality, technical and educational merit, and, most of all, potential relevance to other OO trainers and educators - the review committee will look for ideas that can be utilized by others at the Symposium.

Acceptance of a submission guarantees that it will be published in the Educators' Symposium proceeding notes. Due to the limited time, however, it does not guarantee that the one-day program will allow time to present each accepted submission in full. However, all those with accepted submissions will have the opportunity to participate in some way.

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Submission Guidelines
Submissions are solicited in the four categories described below. These categories will not be applied rigorously, but these are the kinds of submission that have been successful in the past.

    1. Experience paper
    Submissions in this category will discuss one or more challenges encountered in an industrial or academic environment and how that challenge was addressed. Positive and negative experiences are welcome. Everyone has something to contribute in this category. If you do not wish to submit a paper, you might consider putting your idea on a poster.

    Submissions should include the following sections:

    • Abstract
    • Description of the context of the experience
    • Description of the experience itself (positive or negative)
    • Suggestions of what other OO educators can learn from your experience, at least some of whom will work in other environments

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

    Submissions should include the following sections:

    • Abstract
    • Description of the research question
    • Description of the research method, results and conclusions
    • Suggestions of how your findings are applicable to OO education and training

    3. Reports of other 2001/2002 OO education/training events. If you are organizing and/or participating in any OO training or education event, such as a workshop, working group, or conference during the year, or even at OOPSLA 2002, 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 should include the following sections:

    • Description of the event
    • Expected outcomes
    • Actual outcomes (if the event has already occurred)
    • Suggestions for how educators and trainers can benefit from these outcomes

    4. Poster / Demonstration
    Presenting a poster or demonstration is an ideal opportunity to exchange teaching and learning techniques and resources, network with professionals facing similar challenges and explore teaching and learning tools. Accepted submissions will be on display for the duration of the Symposium, and specific time will be allotted for attendees to meet with and talk to poster and demonstration presenters.

    Submissions in this category might be:

    • Teaching and Learning Software
    • Shareware, like exercises, effective evaluation questions and methods, course materials and handouts
    • Miscellaneous, e.g. a web page address (with the contents of that page), description of course needs, and so on.

    The poster/demonstration itself will not be published in the Educators' Symposium proceeding notes, but if you want a description of your material published, then your submission should include the following sections:

    • Abstract
    • Description of the poster/demonstration
    • Suggestions for how other OO educators will profit from the material

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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.
  • If your submission is accepted, text for camera-ready documents will be required to be in two-column text, have an 18-point font bolded title with 12-point font bolded section headings, a 9-point font text body, and 1-inch margins.

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For More Information
For additional information, clarification, or questions please feel free to contact the Educators' Symposium Chair: Helen Sharp, edu_symp@oopsla.acm.org

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