Call for Participation for Second C^3 Conference

February 28, 2011 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

Saturday was the first C^3 Conference. It was a great pleasure to sit in the audience and see a parade of good speakers from Georgia walk up to talk about their efforts to improve computing education! We had about 30 high school and university teachers stay in an auditorium on a gorgeous Atlanta Saturday (70F in February!), to talk about their teaching practice.

We’re planning on one more C^3 Conference for 2011. Call for participation is below.

Georgia Tech and Southern Poly have organized an event called the C3 Conference (Computing Commons Collaboration Conference) for both high school computing teachers and undergraduate computing faculty to meet, present, share ideas, and discuss topics of interest on teaching introductory computer science courses. You are now invited to participate in the second mini-conference of this event at Georgia Tech on April 16, 2011 (1-5:30 pm). There is NO COST to attend this conference. The deadline for submitting one-page proposals are Tuesday, March 15, and the deadline for registration is Friday, April 8.
You can find more information in the Call for Participation below. Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone who might be interested.
Call for Participation for the C3 Conference
The C3 Conference (Computing Commons Collaboration Conference) is a new format of the Disciplinary Commons for Computing Educators (DCCE) (, dedicated to gathering local computing educators, including both undergraduate computing faculty and high school computing teachers, to share their best practices of, and building scholarship in, teaching introductory Computer Science. This event is also intended to provide opportunities for collaboration and communication among the participants. The conference is designed to create a forum where local computing educators are able to meet, present, share ideas, and discuss topics of interest about teaching computer science courses.
This event includes two mini-conferences with invited speakers, selected presentations with discussion, and poster sessions focusing on a variety of topics that are of interest to both undergraduate college faculty and high school teachers. The first conference was in February at SPSU and the second is in April at Georgia Tech.
We are inviting you to participate in the second mini conference to be held on April 16, 2011, from 1pm – 5:30 pm at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.
We invite your participation in one or more of the following three ways:
1) Call for Abstracts for Presentation and Discussion
Submit a 1-2 page proposal abstract on a specific topic for a 45-minute discussion session. Topics should be relevant to college faculty and high school teachers who teach computing courses, in the broadest sense of the term. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Models of CS 1 curriculum: how introductory computing courses are organized in different schools
· Topics for advanced independent study
· Resources to engage students in computing
· How to handle varying levels of student abilities (differentiated instruction)
· Non-traditional activities for learning computing
· Methods of grading programs and assignments
· How to handle collaboration on assignments (and cheating)
· First week of class techniques and exercises to build community for students
· Web-based educational tools and/or tools for distance education
Discussion abstracts need not be research based and can be experiential only, e.g., a classroom experience, teaching technique, curricular initiative, etc. Proposals should include the authors’ viewpoint and experience and how discussion and interaction will be encouraged. Abstracts will be selected in terms of the significance and relevance of the topic as well as its means of encouraging discussion and interaction among participants.
2) Call for Posters
Poster proposals should be no more than 1 page and represent a best practice, a demonstration, materials you use in class, ideas/topics you are developing, or anything that you want to display to encourage discussion or collaboration with participants. During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to browse the posters (which may be posters, videos, handouts, etc.) while enjoying refreshments during breaks between the presentation sessions. No formal presentation of the poster material is required other than the desire to talk to others about your practice, idea, or ongoing work in the field of computing education.
3) Attendance
Please mark the April 16th date on your calendar for attendance. There is no cost for attending this conference. The experience will be priceless. Come and enjoy a half day of collaborating with others who are also passionate about teaching computing and sharing the joy, beauty, and awe of the discipline.
This Call for Participation is for those who would like to submit a paper or poster and for those who would like to attend but will not be presenting or submitting a poster.
1.) If you would like to submit a paper or poster for the second mini-conference, the deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Please email your proposal abstract with the following information to Lijun Ni at
  • Your name, school name, e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number
  • The session for which you are submitting the proposal abstract – discussion session or poster?
  • Your proposal abstract with title, presenter(s), and a short description of your presentation or poster. If you are submitting a proposal for a presentation, be sure to include a description of your objectives and a short summary of the content of your presentation along with ways of involving the audience in the discussion.
2.) If you would like to register for this conference, please fill out the registration form at the conference website: Please register for attendance by Friday, April 8, 2011.
If you have questions about this event, please contact any of the following conference chairs:
Briana Morrison (Computing Faculty, SPSU),
Pat Roth (Computing Faculty, SPSU),
Ria Galanos (Computer Science Teacher, Centennial HS),
Mark Guzdial (Computing Professor, Georgia Tech),
Lijun Ni (CS education Ph.D Student, Georgia Tech),

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