SIGCSE Education Related Activities

ACM has asked all SIGs to maintain a list of their activities that are related to education. Our list is below. We update this list approximately every six months.

K-12 Activities

  • SIGCSE publicized and actively supports "Computer Science Education Week" (week of Dec. 7, 2009)
  • High school (K-12) presence at Symposium, which regularly present K-12-oriented sessions. Sessions at SIGCSE 2010 include "Middle School Issues," "Computational Thinking in High School Courses," "Computer Science Unplugged and Outreach Activities," and many others. ITiCSE 2009 included a session "Engaging K-12."
  • Have had SIGCSE representation on AP sponsored review committees; AP currently has invited SIGCSE members to serve.
  • Regular cooperation with CSTA including in person report of CSTA at Board meetings and in-person report of SIGCSE at CSTA board meetings
  • AP program of College Board regular exhibitor at Symposium
  • NSF grant for road shows with CSTA; SIGCSE represented by board member at May 2008 road show workshop
  • CSTA leadership gave keynote at 2006 Symposium
  • AP proposed sessions have been presented at Symposia
  • Outstanding educator award 2007 to Judith Gal-Ezer for her contributions to high school curricula
  • Kids Camps at SIGCSE 2008 through 2010 Symposia included instruction in Scratch (see http://scratch.mit.edu/users/sigcsekids) and Alice programming; these sessions were heavily subscribed.

Curricular

  • SIGCSE Symposium is the pre-eminent international forum for presenting leading edge developments in computing curricula, including research results and committee and task force reports.
  • ITiCSE conference provides forum for on-going formal and informal discussions of Bologna Accord (e.g., keynote on "The Bologna Process in European Education" at ITiCSE 2009).
  • SIGCSE Committee on Teaching Computer Science Research Methods
  • SIGCSE Committee on Music and Computer Science
  • IEEE/ACM curriculum recommendations for K-12, 2-year colleges, CS, IS, IT, and Master's regularly presented at Symposia (e.g., 2008, 2009)
  • Outstanding educator award 2007 to Judith Gal-Ezer for her contributions to high school curricula
  • SIGCSE Committee on a Discrete Math Course developed models for 1-semester CC2001-compliant discrete math curricula
  • NSF CCLI project "showcase" in exhibits hall has been a regular feature of Symposium for many years.
  • ACM JAVA task force began with SIGCSE Special Project grant
  • Symposium exhibitors highlight texts and curricula through sessions and booth

Student Awards/Competitions

  • Venue for ACM student research competition
  • Student posters at ITiCSE for 2005-2009, with awards presented since 2006.
  • Doctoral Consortium student travel scholarships to attend SIGCSE sponsored Doctoral Consortium; Consortium held as pre-conference event before SIGCSE Symposium through 2008, as pre-conference event before ICER from 2009 on.
  • SIGCSE sponsors 3 ACM-W student scholarship winners per year, one for each SIGCSE conference (the Symposium, ITiCSE, and ICER)
  • Student volunteers at SIGCSE Symposium awarded registration, t-shirts and pizza
  • Increasing UPE presence at SIGCSE Symposium; UPE meeting in conjunction with Symposium since 2008.

Collaborative Tools/Resources

  • SIG committed to high-quality reviewing for conferences. Many SIGCSE members are willing to contribute to the reviewing process. Meta-reviews instituted for SIGCSE Symposium 2009 and beyond.
  • SIGCSE developed software for paper submission and reviewing before such tools were widely used for other conferences; system has been used for SIGCSE Symposium, ITiCSE, 3 CCSC conferences, SIGITE, and one ACM regional conference. With improvements in commercial software, SIGCSE is transitioning reviewing system to a commercial package.
  • SIGCSE members opt-in listserv 1000 members -- first SIG members list
  • Working group structure at ITiCSE conference
  • SIGCSE developed software for conference registration for Symposium and ITiCSE before such tools were widely used for other conferences. This system proides a model for current transition to commercial registration provider.
  • Community resources on SIGCSE website including CSEd places to publish; CS Ed PhD programs; SIGCSE volunteer opportunities; links to in-cooperation conferences; cooperation with NSF-funded Ensemble project planned.
  • Wiki to provide "institutional memory" for SIGCSE conference leadership
  • Governing board uses blog, regular conference calls, etc. for efficient, paperless, meetings

Partnerships/Advocacy

  • Statement endorsing faculty governance of computing curricula distributed to members and placed on Web site, May 2010.
  • In-coop with 12 CCSC conferences
  • in co-op WCCCE, Int. Conf. Foundations of Digital Games, Symp. Educational Advances in AI, SIGAda Annual Conference, Koli Calling, ACM Symposium on Software Visualization
  • Participation in Ed council, Ed Board and Ed Policy
  • SIGCSE represented in CACE
  • SIGACCESS in co-op with SIGCSE 2008; ITiCSE2007
  • Partnership with Australasian Computing Education Conference
  • CSTA leadership regularly presents at SIGCSE Board meeting and vice versa; co-Pi NSF grant SIGCSE and CSTA
  • SIGCSE Symposium regularly co-locates CRA-W mentoring worskhop, ABET training, CSAB, pre-conference days for BlueJ/Greenfoot, NSF
  • ACM-W included as part of official SIGCSE committee
  • UPE business meeting co-located with SIGCSE conference
  • NCWIT
  • NSF special sessions at Symposium and ITiCSE
  • Support SIGCSE presence in Disciplinary Societies forum
  • SIGCSE represented at CRA Summit on Education
  • SIGCSE provides representative to ACM TOCE editorial board
  • SIGCSE represented at "rebooting computing" workshop January 2009.

Conference Activities/Issues

  • Annual SIGCSE Symposium is the pre-eminent international forum for presenting developments in computing curricula, including research results and committee and task force reports.
  • SIGCSE-sponsored International Computing Education Research Workshop (ICER), established in 2005, is becoming the leading international forum for presenting computer science education research results. ICER alternates US and non-US venues.
  • International (non-US hosted ) June conference Innovation and Technology in CS Ed (Barcelona, Uppsala, Dublin, Kracow, Helsinki, Canterbury, Aarhus, Thessaloniki, Leeds, Lisbon, Bologna, Dundee, Madrid, Paris, Bilkent -- 2010.)
  • Key sessions interpreted for the hearing-impaired at SIGCSE 2010 symposium.
  • Doctoral Consortium for students and seasoned faculty discussants offered in conjunction with Symposium 1998-2008; with ICER beginning fall 2008
  • Statistics bootcamp colocated with ICER 2007.
  • Department Chairs Roundtable colocated with SIGCSE Symposium since 2006
  • New Teaching Faculty Roundtable colocated with SIGCSE Symposium starting 2009
  • Kids Camp at SIGCSE 2008 - 2010 Symposium included instruction in Scratch (see http://scratch.mit.edu/users/sigcsekids) and Alice programming
  • PhICER colocated with ICER 2006
  • Major venue for dissemination of NSF or agency funded research projects in CS Education
  • Dissemination of Women in computing report
  • Workshops on the Data Repository for Computing-Education Research (DCER) colocated with SIGCSE 2008, 2009.
  • 8 pre-conference workshops by affiliated groups at SIGCSE 2010.
  • Symposium attendance nearly 50% of membership annually (e.g. 2008- 1250 out of 2600)

Higher Education Concerns

  • SIGCSE's mission statement is "to provide a forum for problems common among educators working to develop, implement and/or evaluate computing programs, curricula, and courses, as well as syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy," focusing predominantly on higher education and bridging both to K-12 and graduate education.
  • SIGCSE members served on the committee and pedagogy focus groups that developed Computing Curricula 2001; SIGCSE members are currently serving on the CC 2001 CS review committee
  • See also entries under "Conference Activities & Issues," "Student Awards & Competitions," "Curricular,"

Governance

  • Board subcommittees for CACM article selection, Chapter development, CSTA liaison, Doctoral Consortium, Symposium exhibits, History and volunteer tracking, board listserv moderator, Membership, Outreach, Paper selection process, Symposium submission review DB support, Special Projects, Symposium liaison/memory, Awards, ICER liaison.
  • Board appoints SIGCSE members to standing roles as Bulletin editor, Information director, Symposium sponsor liaison, Webmaster, member listserv moderator, ITiCSE site selection, SIGCSE Symposium site selection.
  • Bylaws updated 2007, approved by membership 2009; posted on SIGCSE Web site.
  • Board-adopted "standing rules/policies" for SIGCSE operations posted on SIGCSE Web site.

Community Building

  • Australasia and Spain SIGCSE chapters have been created.
  • SIGCSE gives an annual award of $2500 for outstanding contributions to computer science education; recent winners include Sally Fincher (2010), Elliot Koffman (2009), Randy Pausch (2008), Judith Gal-Ezer (2007), John Hughes (2007, posthumous).
  • SIGCSE gives an annual award of $2500 for lifetime service; recent winners include Peter Denning (2010), Michael Clancy (2009), Dennis Frailey (2008), John Impagliozzo (2007).
  • Expanding participation of women in computing.
  • SIGCSE maintains mailing lists for ongoing communication between members, and between leadership and membership.
  • SIGCSE Web site provides communication and resource-sharing for SIGCSE community; site redesigned spring 2010 for improved usability and content.
  • SIGCSE presence via Facebook page and Linkedin group
  • SIGCSE Symposium is a major venue for computer science educators to interact with textbook publishers and other providers of educational materials.
  • ITiCSE working groups gather educators to collaboratively produce a paper on a topic of shared interest; working groups prepare electronically in the months preceding the conference, meet for 2 days prior to and during entire conference, and submit paper for peer review following the conference.
  • SIGCSE Symposium encourages networking among educators with related interests via, e.g., department chairs roundtable, new teaching faculty roundtable, birds-of-a-feather sessions (36 at SiGCSE 2009).

Publishing Activities

  • The SIGCSE Bulletin (inroads) has become ACM Inroads, and will offer guest editorials, invited columns, special articles/reports, in addition to traditional submitted articles. Many members of Inroads's editorial board will be drawn from SIGCSE, and free subscription to Inroads will be a SIGCSE member benefit. A "SIGCSE Corner" section will feature content of special relevance to SIGCSE members.
  • The official bulletin/newsletter of SIGCSE has become a quarterly electronic publication, distributed free to all members of the SIGCSE members mailing list. First electronic issue published March 2010.
  • Over 22,000 print copies and 5000 CD copies of June 2002 special issue of inroads on women in computing distributed to university departments, high schol teachers and many others with support from SIGCSE, ACM Council, SIG Governing Board, ACM-W, SIGDA, SIGCOMM, and NSF.
  • SIGCSE conference proceedings distributed on CD (SIGCSE Symposium since 2008; ITiCSE since ????; ICER since ????)
  • ITiCSE working group reports to be published on CD and distributed to all SIGCSE members
  • Selected articles from inroads are submitted to the Annals of Research on Engineering Education; approximately 10% of the accepted articles in AREE between fall 2005 and winter 2007 were from SIGCSE.
  • SIGCSE recommends outstanding CS education papers to CACM editors; 4 accepted to date.

Continuing Education

  • Professional development workshops are a regular and expanding part of the SIGCSE Symposium (e.g., 36 in 2009, 39 in 2010)
  • Doctoral Consortium for students and seasoned faculty discussants offered in conjunction with Symposium 1998-2008; with ICER beginning fall 2008
  • Statistics bootcamp colocated with ICER 2007.
  • Qualitative research methods workshop as a pre-conference activity at SIGCSE 2010
  • Department Chairs Roundtable sponsored by SIGCSE and colocated with SIGCSE Symposium since 2006
  • New Teaching Faculty Roundtable sponsored by SIGCSE prior to SIGCSE 2009 Symposium

Social Issues

  • Gender, digital divide, under-represented groups, accessibility, and ethics are long-standing interests at conferences. Symposium theme in 2008 was "diversity through accessibility."
  • Key sessions interpreted for the hearing-impaired at SIGCSE 2010 symposium.
  • Board seeks to reduce environmental impact of operations (e.g., minimal paper and travel).
  • SIGCSE Committee on Expanding the Women-in-Computing Community
  • SIGCSE is a sponsor of Computing Educators Oral History Project
  • Pre-conference workshop on "Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing," session on "Diversity," "Spamming, Hacking, and Social Networks: Themes for Educating the Next Generation,""Computing for the Social Good" at SIGCSE 2010. Working group on "Computing and Sustainability" and paper session on "Gender and Diversity" at ITiCSE 2009. Session on "From The Man On The Moon To 2001 And Beyond: The Evolving Social And Ethical Impact Of Computers" and luncheon keynote by Gregory Abowd on computing to mitigate disability at SIGCSE 2009. Sessions on "Computers, Culture, and Society" and "Ethics" at SIGCSE 2008.
  • Humanitarian FOSS symposia in conjunction with SIGCSE 2009 and 2010.
  • On-going efforts to reach out beyond the US. It is no accident that our first chapters are in Spain and New Zealand and that we sponsor an annual June conference in Europe and that ICER 2008 attendees have been from UK, Israel, Australia, and the Netherlands.
  • SIGCSE sponsors 3 ACM-W student scholarship winners per year, one for each SIGCSE conference (the Symposium, ITiCSE, and ICER).
  • Over 22,000 print copies and 5000 CD copies of June 2002 special issue of inroads on women in computing distributed to university departments, high schol teachers and many others with support from SIGCSE, ACM Council, SIG Governing Board, ACM-W, SIGDA, SIGCOMM, and NSF.