Education & Training Reports

Important Dates | Goal | Scope| Evaluation | Submission
Publication / Presentation | Contact Information

> Important Dates

Submission 1 September 2004
Notification of Acceptance 15 November 2004

> Goal

The goal of the educational track is to expose, analyze, and investigate what is difficult and peculiar about teaching software engineering and what are the necessary ingredients for improving our educational activities.

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> Scope

ICSE 2005 focuses on the identity of our profession, its perspectives and its future. Education is a vital mission for our community in order to meet the challenges of today and, primarily, those we expect to face in the future. Moreover education is intimately bound with social and economic factors raising different questions and problems in different countries. The track will be organized to reflect this diversity through expert presentations and open discussion sessions.

We solicit contributions from the community on problems/questions/open issues in teaching software engineering which will help us shape the agenda of the educational track for this year and a roadmap for the future of software engineering education. The panel/discussion sessions will provide a forum for selected submitters to present and discuss their questions and experiences with experts in the field and with the track participants.

Contributions are invited for papers describing problems, relevant experiences, and novel insights in educational activities. Questions/problems of interest include, but are not restricted to:

> Software Engineering is about complexity: How/what can we teach about complexity?

> Software Engineering is about software. What knowledge should we assume about software?

> Successful software engineering requires experience. What can we assume about experience and how can we impart experience?

> Software has fundamental impact on advanced societies. Should we address ethical and other societal issues? How?

> Software Engineering is increasingly done in a distributed way. What are the rules? What should we say about outsourcing? About the impact of linguistic differences?

> Are projects necessary for a course? What is the role of projects? What is the role of textbooks? Do we still need textbooks now that we have the Internet?

> What is the impact of the Internet, as an infrastructure for software development, as a delivery vehicle for courses, as a vast data store of information?

> Software engineering is influenced by organizational and cultural issues. What culture and organization do we teach for? Should we teach about culture?

> Are there fundamental issues related to programming languages, software tools, and infrastructure?

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> Evaluation

Contributions will be evaluated by the two chairs based on their appropriateness to the track goal.

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> Submission

Papers should be at most two pages long, in the conference format, and should clearly describe the social-economical-educational context they refer to, the object of the discussion and the expected result of the discussion. The paper should explicitly list up to three main challenges an instructor of software engineering faces today, and optionally, potential solutions to those problems.

Submissions for this category are closed.

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> Publication / Presentation

Authors of the selected papers will be invited to be part of the discussion sessions, to provide a statement about their submission, and to participate in the debate.

A post-conference monograph will summarize the event and will be made available to all participants.

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> Contact Information

Paola Inverardi, U. of L’Aquila,Italy

Mehdi Jazayeri, TU. of Vienna, Austria & U. of Lugano, Switzerland

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