Sun 22 - Fri 27 September 2024 Linz, Austria


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 20th Educators Symposium at MODELS 2024 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.


We invite submissions related to the following 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?

We also invite submissions related to these topics:

  • Analysis of teaching methods, use of tools, or games for modeling in the classroom
  • Evolution of teaching modeling and use of tools in the classroom
  • Incorporating a practitioner viewpoint in modeling education
  • Learning from the number of available models (e.g. UML models) to teach modeling
  • Modeling best practices for beginners
  • Teaching global or open-source software engineering modeling
  • Teaching model-driven engineering and model management
  • Teaching verification and validation through models
  • The relation between modeling research and modeling education
  • The synergy between informal models and formal models in teaching
  • Tool support for an assisted evaluation of modeling labs or assessments
  • Tool support for the teaching of modeling
  • Use of case studies or explicative examples to teach modeling

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 2024.

  • 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 adhere to the ACM formatting instructions, available 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.

By submitting to the MODELS Educators Symposium, authors acknowledge that they are aware of and agree to be bound by the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism. In particular, papers submitted to MODELS 2024 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for MODELS 2024.

By submitting your article to an ACM Publication, you are hereby acknowledging that you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects. Alleged violations of this policy or any ACM Publications Policy will be investigated by ACM and may result in a full retraction of your paper, in addition to other potential penalties, as per ACM Publications Policy.

Please ensure that you and your co-authors obtain an ORCID ID, so you can complete the publishing process for your accepted paper. ACM has been involved in ORCID from the start and we have recently made a commitment to collect ORCID IDs from all of our published authors. The collection process has started and will roll out as a requirement throughout 2022. We are committed to improve author discoverability, ensure proper attribution and contribute to ongoing community efforts around name normalization; your ORCID ID will help in these efforts.

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. ACM will publish all accepted submissions as part of the MODELS Companion. Papers are accepted conditional on the author registering for the symposium at the MODELS 2024 conference by the early registration deadline and presenting the paper at the symposium.

Questions? Use the MODELS Educators Symposium contact form.