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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.
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Wed 13 Oct

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00:00 - 01:00
Educator Symposium Opening and keynote sessionEducators Symposium at Room 2
Programming as a tool for learning everything
Educators Symposium
Mark Guzdial University of Michigan

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

12 october – 15:00–18:00 GMT (16:00–19:00 UK, 17:00–20:00 CET, 9:00–12:00 US East Coast)

15:00–16:00 Opening and keynote session

  • Keynote Speaker: Mark Guzdial

    • Title: Programming as a tool for learning everything
    • Abstract: The inventors of the term “computer science” meant for it to be something that was taught to everyone, to facilitate learning other subjects. Today, we mostly teach computer science to people who want to become professional software developers or computer scientists. If we wanted to reach the original and more general goal, we would have to change how we teach computer science. In this talk, I describe the history of “computer science” and its earlier purpose, describe new kinds of dynamic media for learning computer science, and demonstrate how teaching computer science can look more like a liberal art.
    • Brief Biography: Mark Guzdial is a Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Engineering Education Research at the University of Michigan. He studies how people learn computing and how to improve that process, with a particular focus on students using programming for purposes other than software development. He was one of the founders of the International Computing Education Research conference. He was one of the leads on the NSF alliance “Expanding Computing Education Pathways" which helped US states improve and broaden their computing education. With his wife and colleague, Barbara Ericson, he received the 2010 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator award for the development and assessment of the Media Computation curriculum. He is an ACM Distinguished Educator and a Fellow of the ACM. His most recent book is Learner-Centered Design of Computing Education: Research on Computing for Everyone (Morgan & Claypool, 2015). He was the recipient of the 2019 ACM SIGCSE Outstanding Contributions to Education award.
    • Blog: http://computinged.wordpress.com

16:00–16:15 Break

16:15–18:05 Paper Session

  • 16:15–16:45 Mario Fuksa (University of Stuttgart) and Steffen Becker (University of Stuttgart). Mini Programming Worlds: Teaching MDSD via the Hamster Simulator.
  • 16:45–17:15 Dominik Bork (TU Wien), Andreas Fend (TU Wien), Dominik Scheffknecht (TU Wien), Gerti Kappel (TU Wien) and Manuel Wimmer (Johannes Kepler University Linz). From In-Person to Distance Learning: Teaching Model-Driven Software Engineering in Remote Settings.
  • 17:15–17:45 Loli Burgueño (Open University of Catalonia), Javier Luis Canovas Izquierdo (IN3 - UOC) and Elena Planas (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). An empirical study on the impact of introducing a modeling tool in a Requirement Engineering course.

  • 17:45–18:05 Antonio Bucchiarone (Fondazione Bruno Kessler), Antonio Cicchetti (Mälardalen University), Simone Bassanelli (Fondazione Bruno Kessler) and Annapaola Marconi (Fondazione Bruno Kessler). How to merge gamification efforts for programming and modelling: a tool implementation perspective. (Short paper)

18:05 Discussions and closing