Conference

The 24th Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education (WCCCE 2019) is a forum for discussing the development of computing programs and curricula, and for sharing innovative strategies and tools for teaching & learning in fields such as computer science, software engineering, computer technology, information systems and information technology. It will bring together educators from the western provinces, the rest of Canada, and beyond, giving them the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from one another. The Department of Computer at the University of Calgary is pleased to be hosting the conference in 2019.

Venue

WCCCE 2019 will take place in Calgary, Canada on May 3 and May 4, 2019. The conference sessions will be held on the University of Calgary campus.

Keynote Speakers

Colleen Lewis
McGregor-Girand Associate Professor of Computer Science
Harvey Mudd College

Innovation and Best Practice in the Teaching and Learning of CS

There is growing demand for computer science (CS) at the college and pre-college levels. Yet the field of CS education, like CS itself, is relatively young. This raises concerns about the quality of instruction available to CS students. What questions do we need to answer about how to make CS interesting and accessible for all students? Education researchers studying older fields like math or reading have identified concepts such as place value and phonics that are fundamental to learning in their respective domains. Rather than starting from scratch, CS educators should look to research in these other fields to advance the teaching and learning of CS. In this talk, I will discuss examples of insights from these other domains and their implications for CS teaching and learning.

Bio

Colleen Lewis is the McGregor-Girand Associate Professor of computer science at Harvey Mudd College. At UC Berkeley, Lewis completed a PhD in science and mathematics education, an MS in computer science, and a BS in electrical engineering and computer science. Her research seeks to identify effective teaching practices for creating equitable learning spaces where all students have the opportunity to learn. Lewis curates CSTeachingTips.org, a NSF-sponsored project for disseminating effective computer science teaching practices.

Robert McCartney
Associate Professor
University of Connecticut

Additional information about Dr. McCartney's presentation will be posted when it becomes available.

Important Dates

Cooperating Organizations

WCCCE 2019 is presented in cooperation with the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).

In Cooperation with ACM SIGCSE

Sponsors

University of Calgary Microsoft CS-Can | INFO-Can Phidgets

We extend our sincere thanks to all of our sponsors. This event would not be possible without your support.