Join us at OOPSLA's 15th Educators' Symposium, the premier forum for educators in object-oriented and other related technologies. This one-day symposium offers a venue for academics and consultants to share experiences and to explore new ideas that can help us understand and teach better. It achieves these goals through a variety of venues including featured talks, paper presentations, interactive sessions, demonstrations, posters, and group discussions.
OOPSLA is again delighted to announce the availability of scholarships for educators from 2- and 4-year colleges to attend OOPSLA 2006 and the Educators' Symposium. These scholarships are sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN). For more information, see the Educator Scholarship page.
OOPSLA invites educators and trainers from all levels of academia and industry to submit papers and proposals in any area relevant to teaching and learning computing. The committee will give extra consideration for new ideas and advanced topics usually presented in upper division or graduate courses. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
Service-oriented architectures (SOA)
Services sciences, Management and Engineering (SSME)
Integrating advanced technologies
Coherence--how do objects fit with other techniques (XML, middleware, MDA, ...) and cross-disciplinary approaches
New thinking about objects
Agile practices and processes
Use of educational materials, such as software
Teaching and learning techniques
Facilitating active learning
The committee that evaluates all submissions consists of members from academia and industry with extensive teaching experience. The committee will base its decisions on the following criteria:
potential value to trainers and educators,
technical and educational merit, and
Ultimately, the committee's focus will be on papers and other proposals that symposium attendees can use to improve how students learn.
The program committee solicits a variety of submissions that can help educators and trainers do their jobs better. Feel free to contact the symposium chair to request clarification or to propose a type of submission not listed here.
Formal Submissions: Formal submissions are those intended to be both presented during the Educators' Symposium and also published in the OOPSLA Companion and must be formatted according to the ACM Proceedings guidelines. All formal submissions will be made through the OOPSLA online submission system by 18 March 2006. Those that are accepted by the committee will be published in the OOPSLA Companion. Submissions in the following categories have been contributed successfully to past symposia:
An experience paper that discusses a challenge encountered teaching in an academic or industrial setting and how the instructor addressed that challenge.
A research paper that reports a contribution to knowledge in the field of computing education and training.
Informal Submissions: All informal submissions will be made through the OOPSLA online submission system by 30-June 2006. Informal submissions are those intended to be presented during the Educator's Symposium. Although accepted informal submissions will not be published, the committee will review all proposals. An informal submission might include:
A report of a 2005-2006 education/training event, such as a workshop, working group, or conference during the year, even those from OOPSLA 2006
A proposal for a poster or demonstration that shares a technique or resource with the OOPSLA community
A proposal for a panel that discusses a topic of current interest from several viewpoints
A description of a nifty assignment or a killer example
A resource that you would like to share
An actual in-class activity that would be of interest to OOPSLA Educator Symposium Attendees
An interactive activity for all attendees that lasts about 60 minutes
For more information
For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the track chair.
Carl Alphonce, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA Joe Bergin, Pace University, USA Robert Biddle, Carleton University, Canada Jutta Eckstein, Objects-in-Action, Germany Ed Gehringer, North Carolina State University, USA Mary Lynn Manns, University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA Grigori Melnik, University of Calgary, Canada Rick Mercer, University of Arizona, USA Chris Nevison, Colgate University, USA Eugene Wallingford, University of Northern Iowa, USA