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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 17th Educators Symposium at MODELS 2021 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 blended, virtual or massive open online courses?
    • 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
  • Teaching verification and validation through models
  • Synergy between informal models and formal models in teaching
  • Analysis of teaching methods, tools or games for modelling in the classroom Furthermore, we also welcome submissions related to this year’s theme: modeling for human-AI collaborative society.

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 2021. Formatting instructions are available at IEEE proceedings template for both LaTeX and Word users.

  • 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 through the following link : https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=edusympmodels2021


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 published by IEEE as part of the MODELS Companion Proceedings. Papers are accepted conditional on one author registering for the symposium at the MODELS 2021 conference by the early registration deadline and presenting the paper at the symposium.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: June 18, 2021
  • Paper submission: June 25, 2021
  • Notification: July 30, 2021
  • Camera-ready papers: August 28, 2021