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University of Northern British Columbia
May 6 and 7, 2011 - Prince George, BC
The Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education is a forum for discussing the development of computing programs and curricula and for sharing innovative strategies and tools for teaching and learning in fields such as computer science, computer technology, and information systems. WCCCE 2011 will take place on May 6 and 7, 2011. WCCEE 2011 is hosted by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. The conference brings together university and college educators, as well as industry and government representatives who have an interest in computing education. We are soliciting papers, demonstrations, and proposals for both panels and Birds of a Feather sessions. The conference is soliciting papers, posters and demonstrations in a wide range of topics including the following:
- Post secondary programs and curricula
- New or experimental curricula at any level
- 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 of designing and teaching computer labs
- Applications for distance and/or distributed learning
- Multimedia applications for computer education
Keynote Speeches:1. Morning of May 6
Title: What Should a College Classroom Look Like in a Digital Age? Presentation slides
Supported by ACM SIGCSE Speaker's Fund
The internet has made available to students a huge range of resources that can be accessed without ever leaving home. Courses can be taken online, and some universities have even made all of their lectures available for free download. What then should the role of a college professor be? Do we continue with the traditional lecture? If so, why is an experience in our classrooms more valuable than an online course or a downloaded lecture? Do we believe our lectures are more scintillating than others? Perhaps instead we should abandon the lecture and use a constructivist approach where we simply guide students in their exploration. Or is the best approach a balance of the two? We'll discuss techniques for having a more dynamic classroom, where students are more prepared and more engaged. Most importantly, there is evidence that these techniques yield greater learning!
Martin C. Carlisle, Ph.D., is a professor of computer science at the United States Air Force Academy. He has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in computer science from Princeton University. He has made numerous contributions to the computer science education community, and is most well known for RAPTOR, an introductory programming environment using flowcharts, and his YouTube videos introducing Java. He has been named an ACM Distinguished Educator, the CASE Colorado Professor of the Year and the US Air Force Academy Outstanding Science and Engineering Educator and was awarded the US Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award.
2. Morning of May 7
Title: Expanding the Frontiers of Computer Science Education Presentation slides
It is well known that there have been large swings in Computer Science enrollments in the last two decades. Many factors have been cited for these enrollment changes, including changes in the economy in the high-tech sector and the general image of computing. In this talk, we begin by examining some of the factors affecting enrollments in CS, analyzing both historical and current trends. In light of this analysis, we then turn our attention to significant changes made in Stanford's undergraduate CS program, which aim to expand the scope of education in computer science and highlight the diversity of options available in the field. We discuss the results of these changes--a near doubling in undergraduate CS enrollments in just two years--and analyze some of the reasons why. We finally look at CS curriculum development at the international level, discussing the effort to define a new ACM/IEEE-CS Computing Curricula volume on Computer Science by the year 2013, known as CS2013.
Mehran Sahami is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science department at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Google for several years. His research interests include computer science education, machine learning, and information retrieval on the Web. His work in the Computer Science Education community includes creating and serving as founding chair for the annual Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence (EAAI) as well as serving as co-chair of the ACM/IEEE-CS joint task force on Computing Curricula: Computer Science 2013. He recently spearheaded the redesign of Stanford's undergraduate CS curriculum, which led to a significant increase in the number of students pursuing CS as a major. Additionally, he has published over 40 technical papers and has over 20 patent filings on a variety of topics including web search, recommendation engines in social networks, and email spam filtering that have been deployed in commercial applications. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.