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Conference on Software Engineering
Education and Training
April 18-20, 2005


Call for Papers, Panels, Workshops and Course Materials

Assessment of Software Engineering Education:
Are We Making the Grade?

Sponsored by the IEEE--Computer Society.


Over the last three decades, software engineering has undergone radical changes in both complexity and magnitude. The 21st Century software development environment has to contend with an overwhelming and increasing array of new processes, tools, and technologies such as agile methods, visual modeling and code generation tools, as well as an explosion of viable and powerful COTS products. There are also a host of new business and organizational demands such as rapid time to market, security concerns, globalization issues, professional liability, application licensing, intellectual property, and offshore development. To what degree do current software engineering curricula address such issues? Are we adequately preparing students for a 21st Century software engineering career? What methods can we use to evaluate the current status of software engineering education and its likely future needs?

CSEE&T welcomes original, provocative, high-quality submissions on any topic related to software engineering education, training or professionalism. Conclusions should be justified using careful analysis, and, where possible, empirical data. Submissions from the following list of topics related to the above theme are particularly encouraged:

  • Needs and shortfalls in current software engineering education.
  • How to teach the principles and skills required to produce modern software systems.
  • Contemporary software development processes and how to effectively teach them.
  • Students? understanding of and commitment to software quality and processes.
  • The extent to which curricula address current software development practice.
  • Whether current curricular prepare for an entire career.
  • Life-long learning for software engineering professionals.
  • Evolutionary projections and demands for software engineering curricula.
  • The relationship of software engineering education to education in other areas of engineering or computing.
  • Comparisons of best practices for software engineering education both in computer science programs and in dedicated software engineering degree programs.
  • What students should learn about professionalism, ethics, and social issues.
  • Assessing and evaluating the quality of student learning and course or program success.
  • The effects of curriculum guidelines, accreditation, certification and licensure on educational programs and practices.
  • Acclimatizing entering students to the community of practice of Software Engineering?
  • Knowledge and skill sets that should be introduced to students early, versus those that should be introduced later in their programs?

Submission Guidelines and Procedures:

Instructions for submitting papers are available on the conference web site (click here to see them). In particular, you are encouraged to review the new CSEE&T Researcher's Guide. This will give you guidance to enable you to do research and write papers that will be acceptable to the conference.

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline for workshop proposals (see below): August 15, 2004 (This is the official deadline, if you have a good workshop to propose before later in August, still send it to us).
  • Outlines of accepted workshops published on conference web site; Sept 1, 2004
  • Submission deadline for regular papers, tutorials, panels, and workshop position papers: October 1, 2004
  • Notification of acceptance: December 1, 2004
  • Camera-ready copies due: January 10, 2005

Special Categories of Submissions:

In addition to regular papers, we also solicit proposals the following

  • Workshops: The conference will include workshops of varying length, designed to enable a group of participants to exchange experiences and opinions on a relevant topic. Short workshop position papers may be solicited from potential participants by workshop organizers. The deadline for such position papers is the same as the deadline for regular papers.

  • Panel sessions: These should include short position statements by a set of panelists followed by a debate or discussion among panelists and the audience. You are invited to submit panel topics where such an interactive discussion session will be interesting and useful to the community.

  • Tutorials: These will normally be 3 or 6 hours in length. Proposals should include a detailed outline of topics, and a discussion of how the tutorial will be presented.

  • Course material contributions: These will show approaches to teaching particular courses or topics within the SE curriculum, for which the authors have developed publicly available teaching resources. Teaching resources may include PowerPoint Slides, software, case studies or similar material. Contributors must submit a two-page summary of the material for publication in the conference proceedings and submit the actual material to www.swenet.org. Contributions will be reviewed; selected contributions will appear in the proceedings., and their authors will give a short presentation of the material at the conference.

Special Journal Issue

The best submissions to the conference will also be considered for revision and subsequent publication in a special issue of ACM's JERIC (Journal on Educational Resources in Computing) on Software Engineering Education, which is being planned for March 2006. This will apply both to regular papers and to course material contributions, since JERIC is a particularly suitable medium for publishing the latter.