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Call for Papers for Koli Calling: Papers due 4 August

ComputingEd - 4 hours 56 min ago
Call for papers 17th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research
Koli, Finland, 16-19
November 2017  
Koli Calling is one of the leading international conferences dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning and to education research in the computing disciplines. Koli Calling publishes high-quality papers that combine teaching and learning experiences with solid, theoretically anchored research. The conference is held annually at the Sokos Hotel Koli, located in the Koli National Park about 70km north of Joensuu, Finland. The Koli Calling 2017 conference is organised by the University of Eastern Finland, Finland, in collaboration with the University of Warwick, UK.

IMPORTANT DATES Submission deadline (all categories):            Friday 04 August at noon EET (GMT +3h) Extended submission deadline (see below): Friday 11 August at noon EET (GMT +3h) Notification of acceptance:                             Friday 08 September at noon EET (GMT +3h) Submission of revised manuscripts:              Friday 22 September at noon EET (GMT +3h) Early-bird Registration:                                   Friday 08 – Friday 29 September Conference registration deadline:                  Friday 13 October at noon EET (GMT +3h)   Conference:                                  Thursday November 16 (evening) to Sunday November 19 (morning)   Extended submission deadline: we offer a re-submission slack of exactly one week. If a paper is submitted by the 04 August deadline, it will be possible to submit updated versions of the paper until 11 August. Papers that are not first submitted by 4 August, or that are not reasonably complete at that time, will not be considered.   Authors please note: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date is expected to be one week prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.   CONFERENCE FORMAT Koli Calling is a single-track conference with research, practice and systems presentations as well as keynote and invited talks. The conference language is English. The conference is known for its moderate size, intimate atmosphere, and lively discussions. To maintain this reputation, a limited number of submissions will be accepted. Last year about 50 participants attended the conference from 9 countries on 3 continents. DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM Koli Calling 2017 will organise a pre-conference doctoral consortium (DC) on computational thinking (CT) from Tuesday 14th November (evening) until Thursday 16th November (evening), led by Professors Matti Tedre and Markku Tukiainen. During the DC participants will have the opportunity to contribute to others’ research ideas by providing useful insights, to further develop their own research interests, and to promote their academic community and network under the guidance of established and well-known researchers. We welcome submissions from participants at any stage of their doctoral studies.   TOPICS
Original submissions are invited in all areas related to the conference theme and should have an explicit connection to computing education. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Computing education research: theoretical aspects, methodologies and results;
  • Development and use of technology to support education in computing and related sciences, e.g., tools for visualisation or concretisation;
  • Teaching and assessment approaches, innovations and best practices;
  • Distance, online, blended, and informal learning;
  • Learning analytics and educational data mining;
  • Computing education in all educational levels, e.g., K12, context and teacher training.
For more information see the conference website http://www.kolicalling.fi/ or contact Calkin Suero Montero and Mike Joy at kolicalling2017@easychair.org   We are looking forward to seeing you at Koli.   Regards   Calkin Suero Montero and Mike Joy

Program Chairs, Koli Calling 2017


Tagged: computing education research

Report on Addressing Unconscious Bias in CS Classrooms

ComputingEd - 4 hours 57 min ago

New research report available at http://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/unconscious-bias-in-the-classroom-report.pdf from with Google and Thomas Dee of Stanford University and Seth Gershenson from American University.

In sum, Unconscious Bias (UB) is a nontrivial problem in education, especially in CS and STEM education, and it is not easily addressed via traditional educational policies and interventions. However, interventions that identify and alter the frequently unconscious psychological processes that harm individuals’ outcomes are currently being developed and piloted. Teacher-facing interventions, which can be administered to both pre- and in-service teachers, are particularly promising. In part, this is because by addressing UB among teachers, we can help shape the entire classroom context in supportive ways. Furthermore, teacher-facing interventions are potentially cost-effective and scalable, because infrastructure for teacher training is already in place.


Tagged: computer science teachers, computing for all, computing for everyone, STEM education, teachers

ACM TURC 2017: Come see Amber, Dan, and me in China

ComputingEd - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 07:00

The ACM Turing China conference will have a SIGCSE track this May.  Come see SIGCSE Chair Amber Settle, world-famous CS educator Dan Garcia (recently in NYTimes) from Berkeley, and me in Shanghai in May.

The ACM TURC 2017 (SIGCSE China) conference is a new leading international forum at the intersection of computer science and the learning sciences, seeking to improve practice and theories of CS education. ACM TURC 2017 will be held in Shanghai, China, 12-14 May, 2017. We invite the submission of original rigorous research on methodologies, studies, analyses, tools, or technologies for computing education.

Source: ACM TURC 2017 (SIGCSE China)


Tagged: computing education research

Tectonics

News From NSF - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:19

Tectonics

News From NSF - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:19

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Stanford CS department updates introductory courses: Java is Gone

ComputingEd - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:09

Stanford has decided to move away from Java in their intro courses. Surprisingly, they have decided to move to JavaScript.  Philip Guo showed that most top CS departments are moving to Python.  The Stanford Daily article linked below doesn’t address any other languages considered.

The SIGCSE-Members list recently polled all of their members to talk about what they’re currently teaching.  The final spreadsheet of results is here.  Python appears 60 times, C++ 54 times, Java 84 times, and JavaScript 28 times.  I was surprised to see how common C++ is, and if Java is dying (or “showing its age,” as Eric Roberts is quoted below), it’s going out as the reigning champ.

When Java came out in 1995, the computer science faculty was excited to transition to the new language. Roberts wrote the textbooks, worked with other faculty members to restructure the course and assignments and introduced Java at Stanford in 2002. “Java had stabilized,” Roberts said. “It was clear that many universities were going in that direction. It’s 2017 now, and Java is showing its age.” According to Roberts, Java was intended early on as “the language of the Internet”. But now, more than a decade after the transition to Java, Javascript has taken its place as a web language.

Source: CS department updates introductory courses | Stanford Daily


Tagged: computing education, Java, programming languages, Python

Geophysics (PH)

News From NSF - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:24

Geophysics (PH)

News From NSF - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:24

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New NSF special report released ahead of Earth Day: April Showers Bring … The Science of Spring

News From NSF - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:36

From flowers' microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are studying the science of spring. Now, in time for Earth Day, a new NSF special report -- April Showers Bring...The Science of Spring -- looks at what makes spring such a vibrant, and sometimes dangerous, season.

NSF supports studies of such diverse spring subjects as the bloom of plant ...

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Google seeking input on next directions in CS Education Research

ComputingEd - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00

Please follow the survey link below to give feedback to Google on what you think is important in CS education research.

We are collecting input to inform the direction of Google’s computer science (CS) education research in order to better support the field.  As researchers, educators, and advocates working in the field everyday, your input is extremely valued.  Please complete this survey by Sunday, April 23.  Feel free to share this survey with others who may be interested in sharing their insights.

Thank you, Jennifer, on behalf of Google‘s CS Education Research & Evaluation team
Tagged: computing education research, Google

National Science Foundation modifies Alan T. Waterman Award eligibility criteria

News From NSF - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:46

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced changes in eligibility requirements for the Alan T. Waterman Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.

Scientists 40 years of age or younger, or up to 10 years post Ph.D., now may be nominated for the award. Previous requirements mandated nominees be 35 years or younger or up to seven years post Ph.D.

These new criteria take effect with the ...

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April Showers Bring... The Science of Spring

News From NSF - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 09:30

From flowers’ microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers funded by NSF are studying the science of spring. NSF peers into what makes spring such a vibrant--and sometimes dangerous--season.

More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/spring/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51


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