Call for Participation
For over 20 years the Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education has been a forum for disseminating experience and information pertaining to the development and delivery of programs and courses in computer science, computer technology, or information systems, broadly defined. The conference's purpose is to bring together university and college educators along with industrial partners and government officials who have an interest in the instruction and delivery of computer related courses and the development and evolution of computing education. To foster this interchange of ideas the organizers of WCCCE 2019 welcome tutorial/workshop proposals, papers, and panel proposals on the following (non-exhaustive) list of topics:
- Post-secondary programs and curricula for computing
- New or experimental computing-education curricula at any level, including K-12
- Teaching methods or tools for specific concepts or courses
- Materials for specific concepts or courses
- General methods and tools for computer-related courses
- Methods, tools and effective structures for designing and teaching computer labs
- Applications and techniques to support distance and/or distributed learning
- Multimedia applications for computer education
- School outreach programs or high-school programs for computer programming and/or computational thinking
- Nifty assignments
Participation can take the form of:
- A tutorial or workshop proposal of up to three hours of instruction.
- A full length paper, not more than 6 pages, for inclusion in the conference proceedings and presentation during our paper sessions (blind reviewed).
- A short one- or two-page description on a topic/idea for presentation in one of our short presentation sessions (blind reviewed).
If you are effectively using unique methods to teach a computer related topic, or have successfully adopted a new tool or technology in your computer related courses or labs, this is an opportunity to tell people about it. If you have developed a tool that improves the instructional quality for your courses, or provides insight into the learning process, this is the place to demonstrate it. Even if you have tried methods or tools in your instruction with little success, we are still eager to hear about it. Your experience can help us all.
The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2019.
For more information, including instructions on how to submit, please visit the conference website at https://wccce2019.cpsc.ucalgary.ca.
Workshop and tutorial sessions provide a structured way for domain experts to present new and novel techniques to an interested -- and technically capable -- audience. These proposals, which will be assessed by the Program Committee, should include:
- A descriptive title for the session.
- Expected duration.
- The presenter(s), and a brief description of their background(s) with respect to the proposed topic.
- A short description of the workshop/tutorial topic and the format of the session. This description is to include at least four expected learning outcomes.
A tutorial / workshop proposal should not exceed 2 pages.
Panels provide an opportunity to present multiple perspectives on a specific topic and engage the audience in active discussion about an issue. To allow each panelist sufficient time to present his or her perspective and still enable audience participation, a panel will normally have at most four panelists. Panel submissions are not to exceed two pages and are to contain the following information:
- A descriptive title for the session.
- A short description of the panel topic that clearly indicates how/why this panel would be of interest.
- A list of panelists with their affiliations.
- The proposed duration for the panel (between 45 and 75 minutes)
All long paper submissions must follow the ACM's publication guidelines. Any identifying information such as author's names, institution names or identifying references are to be replaced with placeholders so that the papers can be blind reviewed. The authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to modify their submissions, taking into account the comments of reviewers, and to replace any place holders with the proper identifiers. Papers are not to exceed 6 pages, including any references. Authors will have 25 minutes to present their work (including time for questions) at the conference.
Links to the article templates for Microsoft Office and LaTex, along with a description of the submission format can be found at: https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template. When preparing your submission make sure to use the ACM reference formats for various citation types as described at: https://www.acm.org/publications/authors/reference-formatting.
A short paper is a lightweight way to engage the WCCCE audience with some aspect of computing education that you are excited and passionate about. The authors of each accepted short paper will have approximately 15 minutes to present their work during a conference session.
Short papers must follow the submissions guidelines for long papers with respect to formatting and anonymization. Short papers must not exceed two pages in length.
SIGCSE has a long history of promoting "nifty assignments" (http://nifty.stanford.edu/info.html). This year WCCCE will also provide an opportunity for educators to share assignments that they have previously used to assess students in novel and engaging ways.
Accepted assignments will be presented in the Nifty Assignments session at the conference. The assignment materials will be hosted on the WCCCE website so that they are available to other educators for years to come, and a brief description of the assignment will be published in the conference proceedings. Submissions to this track must not have been previously published in a nifty assignment or similar session.
The content of a nifty assignment submission will vary depending on the nature of the assignment. Submitters are encouraged to include the (non-exhaustive) list of items below, as appropriate to their particular assignment, so that it can be refereed effectively.
- A description of the assignment and what makes it nifty. This could include:
- The strengths / positive aspects of the assignment.
- The topics assessed by the assignment.
- The assignment’s level of difficulty.
- The course in which the assignment was used.
- The language students used to implement their solutions.
- Any weaknesses or challenges associated with the assignment.
- Any technological or educational dependencies (such as a particular library).
- The assignment handout that was provided to the students.
- Any starter code, data files or other materials needed to complete the assignment.
- Grading criteria (optional).
- A runnable sample solution (optional).