Sun 1 - Fri 6 October 2023 Västerås, Sweden


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

The 19th Educators Symposium at MODELS 2023 provides educators, researchers, and practitioners with a forum to discuss educational issues relating to modeling and modeling technologies and share their experiences in the field.

Topics We invite submissions related 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
  • Tool support for an assisted evaluation of modeling labs or exam
  • Modeling Best Practices for beginners
  • The relation between modeling 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
  • The synergy between informal models and formal models in teaching
  • How to learn from the number of available uml models to teach modeling (~200 UML per minute on
  • The analysis of teaching methods, use of tools, or games for modeling in the classroom.
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08:30 - 10:00
Session 1: Opening and KeynoteEducators Symposium at 201
Chair(s): Silvia Abrahão Universitat Politècnica de València, Shaukat Ali Simula Research Laboratory and Oslo Metropolitan University
Day opening
Welcome Remarks
Educators Symposium
Silvia Abrahão Universitat Politècnica de València, Shaukat Ali Simula Research Laboratory and Oslo Metropolitan University
Keynote 1: The Joy of Programming and How to Overcome It Through Education
Educators Symposium
Bran Selic Malina Software Corporation
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee BreakBreak at Foajé Plan 1
10:30 - 12:00
Session 2: Modeling Education Evaluation and CourseEducators Symposium at 201
Chair(s): Silvia Abrahão Universitat Politècnica de València
The complexity paradox: An analysis of modeling education through the lens of complexity science
Educators Symposium
Daniel Strüber Chalmers | University of Gothenburg / Radboud University
Using Formative Assessment and Feedback to Train Novice Modelers in Business Process Modeling
Educators Symposium
An Interdisciplinary Course on Model-Based Systems Engineering
Educators Symposium
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch BreakBreak at Restaurant
13:30 - 15:00
Session 3: Education Platform and Plagiarism Educators Symposium at 201
Chair(s): Andrzej Wąsowski IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
An Online Education Platform for Teaching MDE
Educators Symposium
Will Barnett King's College London, Steffen Zschaler King's College London, Artur Boronat University of Leicester, Antonio Garcia-Dominguez University of York, Dimitris Kolovos University of York
Towards Personalized Learning Paths to Empower Competency Development in Model Driven Engineering through the ENCORE platform
Educators Symposium
Antonio Bucchiarone Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy, Andrea Vazquez-Ingelmo , , Gianluca Schiavo , , Simone Barandoni , , Alicia Garcıa-Holgado, , Francisco Jose Garcıa-Penalvo , Sébastien Mosser McMaster University, Alfonso Pierantonio Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Steffen Zschaler King's College London, Will Barnett King's College London
How Students Plagiarize Modeling Assignments
Educators Symposium
Timur Sağlam Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Larissa Schmid Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Sebastian Hahner Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Erik Burger
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee BreakBreak at Foajé Plan 1
15:30 - 17:00
Session 4: New Technologies, Keynote, Discussion and ClosingEducators Symposium at 201
Chair(s): Silvia Abrahão Universitat Politècnica de València
Generative AI in Model-Driven Software Engineering Education: Friend or Foe?
Educators Symposium
Sergio Morales Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Elena Planas, , Robert Clarisó Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Martin Gogolla University of Bremen
Keynote 2: Why teaching modeling in 2023 is more important than ever?
Educators Symposium
Andrzej Wąsowski IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Day closing
Discussion and Closing
Educators Symposium

17:30 - 22:00
Community Building EventBreak at O’Learys Pub
Social Event
Community Building Event

Submission Guidelines

Papers must present original content. Previously published papers, accepted papers, or papers under review for other venues are not eligible for submission to the Educators Symposium 2023.

  • Full Papers are expected to contribute research and experience reports and must be no longer than 8 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 4 pages.

Submissions must conform to the IEEE formatting instructions:

All papers must 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. IEEE will publish all accepted submissions as part of the MODELS Companion. Papers are accepted conditional on one author registering for the symposium at the MODELS 2023 conference by the early registration deadline and presenting the paper at the symposium.