March 5–8, 2014 - Atlanta, GA

SIGCSE 2014 Pre-Symposium Events

Using Guided Inquiry Activities to Help Students Learn Key Concepts and Process Skills

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Hanover FG

Cost: $25

Description: In Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), teams of 3-5 learners work on scripted inquiry activities designed to help them discover concepts and construct their own knowledge. Using assigned team roles and meta-cognition, learners develop process skills and individual responsibility. The instructor serves as a facilitator, not a lecturer. Studies show that POGIL can significantly improve student performance. At this pre-conference event, participants will share experiences and ideas, review and revise classroom materials, and continue to develop a community of colleagues and collaborators. This event is for teachers (at any level) who use guided inquiry, POGIL, or related approaches in their classrooms, or who have participated in an introductory POGIL session.

Please register for this workshop through the project website (POGIL pre-conference event page.)

For additional information please contact Clif Kussmaul or Helen Hu.

Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software Community Workshop

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00am to 4:30pm

Where: Courtland

Cost: free (lunch will be provided for registered partipcants)

Description: This workshop will bring together members of Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) project communities, faculty members, and students to discuss udent contribution to HFOSS projects. Faculty members will discuss their experiences with student participation and HFOSS community members will discuss issues in helping new contributors become productive. A particular focus will be the learning value of vertical integration of students into a professional developer community.

This workshop will benefit anyone who is interested in student participation in HFOSS. Instructors who are interested but have not yet tried this approach are welcome to attend.

Registration and details.

Integrating Professional Issues into the Computer Science Curriculum: Teaching Computing Students about the Challenge of Computer Ethics in an Increasingly Automated World Living with Sophisticated Machines

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Where: Hanover AB

Cost: No charge

Description: In support of ACM's commitment to professionalism this annual event is designed to help faculty provide students with tools to better understand and resolve their ethical challenges as computing professionals. This year’s event will have a special focus on robots, Google Glass, and other increasingly sophisticated devices. The workshop will use both lecture and small group activities to introduce and enhance their computer ethics teaching skills. We will present materials to be used in a complete computer ethics course, and that can also be used as examples and exercises in specific technical courses; These materials will include case studies, suggested course syllabi, and suggestions for creating and grading assignments. The workshop will feature demonstrations of several advanced devices, and how they can be used to teach computer ethics issues. For additional information and to register for this workshop, please contact Don Getterbarn.

New Educators Workshop

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Hanover DE

Cost: No charge

Description: Despite the important role teaching plays in many academic careers, the reality is that many new educators receive only minimal teacher training and are often unsure of what career options are available to them. The New Educators Workshop is designed to assist academic-oriented graduate students and pre-tenure faculty in planning and advancing their careers as educators in academia.  Experienced colleagues from a variety of career paths will be there to share their experiences and best practices.   Small-group discussions will enable attendees to focus on the questions or concerns most relevant to their situations, as well as build a support group of like-minded colleagues.   

The New Educators Workshop is by invitation only after completing and submitting an application. The workshop is free and limited travel support is available for graduate students.

To find out more and to submit an application, visit or contact David Reed.   

SIGCAS nowadays: What it is? What should it be?

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Hanover AB

Cost: No charge

Description: This is SIGCAS annual opportunity to meet with members, have a few current presentations, and discuss what's important, and what we should concentrate on. It will also be a working meeting - after our reports we will divide in small groups that come up with ideas for activities for the coming year. For additional information and registration please contact Netiva Caftori.

Git & GitHub Foundations for Educators

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Hanover C

Cost: No Charge

Description: Our foundations class helps you, as a newcomer to Git and GitHub, fully grasp the concepts and application of distributed version control so that you can effectively begin using this productivity-enhancing suite of tools in the classroom. During this live training course, we will explore the foundations of Git and GitHub through practical every-day commands and processes. We will conclude with workflow ideas and practical tips that will help you and your students with assignment submission, grading, feedback, and more. Participants must bring a laptop, this will be a hands-on workshop. For additional information visit: or contact John Britton