ACM Ed Board Meeting in Doha, Qatar, 1-4 May 2010

April 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

My blog posts will probably get more bursty next week, as I travel Friday to Doha, Qatar for an ACM Education Board meeting and summit with education leaders in Qatar.  I’m pretty excited — I’ve never been to that part of the world.

The event is being organized by John Impagliazzo, long-time editor of SIGCSE Inroads, member of the Ed Board, former professor at Hoffstra University, and now professor at Qatar University.  The opening ceremonies, including the keynote address by Dame Dr. Wendy Hall, ACM President, are going to be covered by the local television network, Al Jazeera. I’m chairing a panel on Computing Education Research: Challenges and Opportunities, with Heikki Topi of Bentley University (and Ed Board), Boots Cassel of Villanova (and Ed Board), and Mark Stehlik of CMU (and CMU Qatar and the ACM Education Policy Committee).  Part of the meeting is going to be planning a similar event for India, with Mathai Joseph of ACM India.

I think the overall point is to make folks there aware of what ACM offers (in terms of educational resources, conferences, and research) and to draw them into the process.  My talk on the panel is going to highlight the work presented over the last five years at the ACM ICER (International Computing Education Research) Workshop, both to share the findings and to encourage faculty there to submit and present in ICER.  Mark Stehlik is going to talk about activities of the ACM US Education Policy Committee, and how similar organizations could be set up to address education policy issues in other parts of the world.

So when I do post next week, it may be part travelogue/travel-blog, as well as normal computing education related meanderings.  (They’re putting us up at the Ritz-Carlton Doha, right on the Persian Gulf.  Wow! Serious posh!)  I’ll try to report on the meeting, as I get over jetlag and find Internet connections.

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