Software Engineering Educators Symposium (SEES)

We invite participation in the Software Engineering Educators Symposium (SEES), which is designed to improve the recruitment, education, and retention of students in software engineering. The symposium will consist of two half-day tutorials on alternative techniques for teaching software engineering and programming. Each tutorial contains two sessions. See the tutorial schedule. Some of the techniques that will be covered are experimental while others have shown some success in retaining women and minority students. Participants will be provided access to instructional materials, receive practical tips on how to successfully apply the techniques, and try out new tools that support hands-on instruction and active learning.

Funding is available to help defray costs to attend SEES and FSE. Depending on the availability of funds and the number of applications received, awards will cover expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and registration to both SEES and FSE. SEES attendees will also be provided an option to attend only the first day of FSE at a discounted rate.

Funding for travel awards is provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation and by ACM SIGSOFT. A purpose of the grant is to increase participation in computing by building relationships with computer science faculty at schools with populations of students that represent underrepresented groups. Preference for travel awards will therefore be given to those applicants who teach at institutions whose student population is majority African American, Hispanic, Native American and women. Because funding for travel awards is provided by the US National Science Foundation, to be eligible for a travel award you must be teaching undergraduates at an institution of higher education in the United States.

SEES 2010 Tutorial Schedule

Tutorial T1: Half day, AM
9:00 - 10:30 am CS0 Programming Course using Scratch (Slides) Thorna Humphries
10:30 - 11:00 am BREAK
11:00 - 12:30 pm Teaching Software Design from a
General Design Perspective
André van der Hoek
12:30 - 2:00 pm LUNCH (provided for both T1 and T2)
Tutorial T2: Half day, PM
2:00 - 3:30 pm Making Software Testing Engaging and Affordable in
Early Programming Classes
Sebastian Elbaum
3:30 - 4:00 pm BREAK
4:00 - 5:30 pm Panel: Innovative Approaches to CS1/CS2 Sequence (Jazayeri Slides, Jones Slides, Murphy Slides) Panelists:
Mehdi Jazayeri,
Edward Jones,
Gail Murphy
7:00 Dinner

Application for Travel Award to attend SEES

To apply for funding, the applicant must complete the following information and send it in plain text by email to

Applications must be received by September 17, 2010.

Important Dates

Application Deadline 17 September 2010
Symposium Date 8 November 2010

Contact Information

Thorna Humphries
Department of Computer Science
Norfolk State University

Laura K. Dillon
Department of Computer Science
Michigan State University