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Computing Science Education Infrastructure: From Tools to Data

The fifth SPLICE Project workshop will be held in Toronto, Canada on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in conjunction with ICER 2019.

The progress in the field of computer science education to a large extent depends on our ability to introduce novel approaches and tools to our students, collect data on student interaction with the tools, and analyze the data to learn from this experience. The goal of SPLICE, an NSF-supported project and a community of researchers, is building an Infrastructure for Computer Science Education Research, which could facilitate all stages of this process. The infrastructure should support (1) broader re-use of innovative learning content instrumented for rich data collection, (2) extensive data collection from multiple learning tools in interoperable formats, (3) repositories to share and tools for analysis of learner data, and (4) development of best practices in collecting, sharing, and processing learner data.

This NSF-supported workshop is the latest in a series of SPLICE workshops and is a follow-up to successful workshops at SIGCSE 2018, ICER 2018 and SIGCSE 2019 (see https://cssplice.github.io). The primary goal of the workshop is to report progress, exchange information about best practices, and to build upon our existing collaborations developed over the course of the project to engage more members of the community in tasks that will advance the project agenda. The attendees will be able to learn about SPLICE goals and working groups, report their recent work related to SPLICE goals, and get engaged in the SPLICE Community work through working groups and funded collaborative projects.

Call for Papers and Lightning Presentations:
We are inviting prospective participants to submit 4-6-page short papers and 2-page lightning papers about their past and ongoing work related to CS Education Infrastructure. The papers should be submitted in ACM SIGCSE format to easychair before on June 28, 2019. We are specifically looking for papers about collaborations and integrations in the spirit of the SPLICE project. So if you have a working collaboration where you are integrating software tools and/or smart content, or are sharing learner analytics data analysis tools or data sets, then we would like to hear about it. Most valuable in the context of the workshop would be papers focusing on the following topics, although all work related to the SPLICE goals will be considered.

The authors of accepted papers will be able to present their work in at the workshop as Short talks of 15-20 minutes and Lightning Talks of 10 minutes. The papers will be published online as a part of the Workshop Proceedings and will be publicized on the SPLICE project site.

If you are planning to submit a lightning talk or a poster proposal for the mainstream ICER conference (due ​Friday, June 7, 2019), which also matches the topic of the workshop, you are welcome to submit the same proposal as a 2-pages lightning paper for the workshop consideration. The decision for conference and workshop presentation are made independently. If your proposal will be accepted by both the conference and our workshop, you will be able to present your work at both venues (and publish it in the ICER workshop proceedings).

Important Dates

Travel Support
The workshop is sponsored by NSF. Workshop participation is free of charge for all accepted participants. Registration for ICER 2019 is not necessary for those who would like to attend only the workshop. A limited number of travel grants to cover extra travel expenses associated with attending the workshop are available. Please contact the organizers if you need travel support.

Organizers
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA (peterb@pitt.edu)
Lauri Malmi, Aalto University, Finland
Steve Edwards, Virginia Tech, USA
Thomas Price, North Carolina State University, USA