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Fri 16 - Fri 23 October 2020

Model-driven engineering has been part of university curricula, as well as corporate training programs, for many years. Modelling notations are taught in a wide variety of courses and programs, from software engineering to enterprise architecture. Most educators would agree that teaching modeling is a challenging task, especially given the growing student population interested in modeling.

The 16th Educators Symposium at MODELS 2020 provides educators, researchers and practitioners with a forum to discuss educational issues relating to modeling and modeling technologies and share their experiences from the field.


We invite submissions related to (but not limited to) the following questions and topics:
  • Challenges in teaching modeling:
    • How to engage students in modeling?
    • How to integrate modeling across the curriculum, from introduction to programming to senior project and beyond?
    • What appropriate and novel modeling technologies are currently used to enrich the student experience?
    • How to relate or mix theory and practice when teaching modeling?
    • What are effective learning and teaching mechanisms for distance and online learning?
    • How to teach modeling in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)?
    • Is teaching modeling using a collaborative approach feasible?
  • Tool support for the teaching of modeling
  • The relation between modelling research and modeling education
  • Incorporating a practitioner viewpoint in modeling education
  • Use of case studies or explicative examples to teach modeling
  • Teaching global or open source software engineering modeling
  • Evolution of teaching modeling and use of tools in the classroom
  • Teaching model driven engineering and model management
  • Analysis of teaching methods, tools or games for modelling in the classroom

Furthermore, we also welcome submissions related to this year’s theme: modeling in the era of data.

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11:00 - 12:30
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Day opening
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Michalis Famelis Université de Montréal, Daria Bogdanova KU Leuven
Keynote: Opportunities for Intelligent Modelling Assistants in TeachingKEYNOTE
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Jörg Kienzle McGill University, Canada
Live Q&A
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13:30 - 15:00
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Automatic Assessment of Students' Software Models Using a Simple Heuristic and Machine Learning
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Younes Boubekeur McGill University, Gunter Mussbacher McGill University, Canada, Shane McIntosh
Towards a Better Understanding of Interactions with a Domain Modeling Assistant
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Younes Boubekeur McGill University, Gunter Mussbacher McGill University, Canada
From classic to agile: Experiences from more than a decade of project-based modeling education
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Holger Giese Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam, Leen Lambers , Christian Zöllner Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam
On Teaching Descriptive and Prescriptive Modeling
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Martin Gogolla , Bran Selic Malina Software Corporation

Submission Guidelines

Papers have to present original content. Previously published papers, accepted papers or under review for other publications are not eligible for submission to the Educators Symposium 2020. Formatting instructions are available at ACM proceedings template for both LaTeX and Word users. LaTeX users must use the provided acmart.cls and ACM-Reference-Format.bst without modification, enable the conference format in the preamble of the document (i.e., \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart}), and use the ACM reference format for the bibliography (i.e., \bibliographystyle{ACM-Reference-Format}). The review option adds line numbers, thereby allowing referees to refer to specific lines in their comments.

  • Full Papers are expected to contribute research and experience reports and must be no longer than 10 pages.
  • Short Papers are expected to present position statements addressing the symposium topics. These papers intend to stimulate discussions on teaching modeling at universities and in industry and must not exceed 6 pages.
All papers have to be submitted electronically in PDF format via Easychair .


Papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. The paper selection process will be based on the novelty of the ideas or solutions, the impact of modeling in software development education, and relevance to the topics to the symposium. All accepted submissions will be available via ACM Digital Library. Papers are accepted conditional on one author registering for the symposium at the MODELS 2020 conference by the early registration deadline and presenting the paper at the symposium.

Questions? Use the MODELS Educators Symposium contact form.