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CFP: Educators' Symposium

Chair: Rick Mercer, University of Arizona,

Important Dates
    Submission deadline for FORMAL submissions
  • March 18, 2006
    Notifications for FORMAL submissions
  • May 12, 2006
    Submission deadline for INFORMAL submissions
  • June 30, 2006
    Notifications for INFORMAL submissions
  • July 24, 2006


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.

Submission Process

Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system.

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:

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Modeling
  • Programming
  • Service-oriented architectures (SOA)
  • Services sciences, Management and Engineering (SSME)
  • Integrating advanced technologies
  • Dynamic languages
  • Coherence--how do objects fit with other techniques (XML, middleware, MDA, ...) and cross-disciplinary approaches
  • Software development
  • New thinking about objects
  • Agile practices and processes
  • Patterns
  • Use of educational materials, such as software
  • Learner-centered education
  • Teaching and learning techniques
  • Facilitating active learning
  • Assessment

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,
  • clarity,
  • technical and educational merit, and
  • originality.

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 film
  • 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.

Program Committee

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

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