This SPLICE Project workshop will be held in conjunction with SIGCSE 2021 (PROPOSED at this time), online, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Please contact us if you have questions.
Workshop Theme: CS Education Infrastructure for All III: From Ideas to Practice
Location: Zoom link to be posted.Workshop Hosts:
- Cliff Shaffer, Virginia Tech
- Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburg
- Ken Koedinger, Carnegie Mellon University
- Steve Edwards, Virginia Tech
Increasingly, the meat of many CS courses courses is provided by many interactive, auto-assessed exercises, referred to as "smart content". These tools engage students, provide valuable feedback, and allows collection of data for further analysis. While it remains a challenge to connect these tools to learning management systems (LMS), eTextbooks and IDEs, skeletons of modern courses, standards like Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) make it possible. Interoperabiliy is improving year by year. Collecting, distributing, and analyzing the rapidly growing collections of data generated by click streams coming from such tools is still a major challenge. But progress is being made both in improved analysis tools and in standards for collecting data like student attempts at solving programming problems This NSF-supported workshop is the third in a series of SIGCSE presymposium events in support of the SPLICE project. The goal of SPLICE is to support and better coordinate efforts to build community and capacity among CSEd researchers, data scientists, and learning scientists toward reducing barriers. CSEd infrastructure should support (1) broader re-use of innovative learning content instrumented for rich data collection, (2) formats and tools for analysis of learner data, and (3) development of best practices to make collections of learner data available to researchers. We will present progress from ongoing collaborations, and attempt to build an agenda for the community to strive for in coming years.
The audience is expected to consist of CSEd tool builders, developers of student analytics data analysis tools, and CSEd researchers who would like to make use of user interaction data collected by their own projects or by others. We are expecting to support about 30 attendees (though last year's workshop grew to over 50). This includes members of the learning and data analytics communities that do not often attend SIGCSE. These attendees would then likely remain for the SIGCSE conference, improving synergy within the project among different stakeholder communities.
Lightning Talk Call for Papers and Presentations:
We are providing an opportunity for participants to submit 2-page papers about their past and ongoing work related to CS Education Infrastructure. You can indicate interest in making a presentation at the attendance survey. The papers should be submitted in ACM SIGCSE format by e-mail to the workshop organizers before or on TBD. The authors of accepted Lightning Talk papers will be able to present their work in at the workshop as Lightning Talks of about 12 minutes with 3 minutes for questions. The papers will be published online as a part of the Workshop Proceedings and will be publicized on the the SPLICE project site.
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 Lightning Talk Papers focusing on the following three topics, although all work related to the SPLICE goals will be considered.
- Descriptions of "smart" learning tools or programming environments, which interact with students and collect interaction/performance data.
- Descriptions of infrastructures that could integrate multiple "smart" learning tools.
- Case studies of collaboration where reproducible practices were used to integrate two or more data-producing learning tools from differing institutions.
- 8:30 -- 5:00: TBD
We hope to provide this event for free to participants.