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CS Education Infrastructure for All III: From Ideas to Practice

The seventh SPLICE Project workshop will be held in conjunction with SIGCSE 2021, online, on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The sessions will run from 10:00am-12:30pm each day. Please contact us if you have questions.

Workshop Theme: CS Education Infrastructure for All III: From Ideas to Practice

Location: Online access link to be posted.

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Increasingly, the meat of many CS courses is provided by many interactive, auto-assessed exercises, referred to as "smart content". These tools engage students, provide valuable feedback, and allow collection of data for further analysis. While it remains a challenge to connect these tools to learning management systems (LMS), eTextbooks and IDEs, standards like Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) make it possible. Interoperability is improving year by year. Collecting, distributing, and analyzing the rapidly growing collections of data generated by click streams coming from such tools is still a major challenge. But progress is being made both in improved analysis tools and in standards for collecting data, like student attempts at solving programming problems This NSF-supported workshop is the third in a series of SIGCSE pre-symposium events in support of the SPLICE project. The goal of SPLICE is to support and better coordinate efforts to build community and capacity among Computer Science Education (CSEd) researchers, data scientists, and learning scientists toward reducing barriers. CSEd infrastructure should support (1) broader re-use of innovative learning content instrumented for rich data collection, (2) formats and tools for analysis of learner data, and (3) development of best practices to make collections of learner data available to researchers. The organizers and presenters will share progress from ongoing projects and collaborations, attempting to build an agenda for the community to strive for in the coming years.

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Intended Audience:
The audience is expected to consist of CSEd tool builders, developers of student analytics data analysis tools, and CSEd researchers who would like to make use of user interaction data collected by their own projects or by others. We are expecting about 50 attendees.

The workshop is organized by the SPLICE (Standards, Protocols, and Learning Infrastructure for Computing Education) project team, in association with the NSF-supported project Community-Building and Infrastructure Design for Data-Intensive Research in Computer Science Education. It follows a sequence of the previous SPLICE and CSEDM workshops organized at SIGCSE, EDM, AIED, ICER, LAK, and ACM L@S conferences. More information about SPLICE and past workshops can be found at http://cssplice.org.

Call for Papers and Lightning Presentations:
We are inviting prospective participants to submit 4-6-page short papers and 2-page “lightning” papers about their past and ongoing work related to CS Education Infrastructure. We are especially interested in papers focused on collaborations, integrations, and re-use in the spirit of the SPLICE project. So if you have a working collaboration where you are reusing and bringing together various software tools and/or smart content, or are sharing data sets or learner analytics data analysis tools, then we would like to hear about it. Most valuable in the context of the workshop would be papers focusing on the following topics, although all work related to the SPLICE goals will be considered.

The authors of accepted papers will be able to present their work in the workshop as Short talks of 15 minutes and Lightning Talks of 7 minutes. The papers will be published online as a part of the Workshop Proceedings and will be publicized on the SPLICE project site.

If you have a contribution accepted to the mainstream SIGCSE conference that matches any topic of the workshop, we encourage you to submit a 2-page lightning paper for the workshop consideration. It will help to publicize and discuss your work within a broader community.

Please submit papers to our EasyChair site.

Anonymization of papers is not required.

Submission Format:
Regular papers are limited to a maximum of 6 pages plus 1 page for references. Lighting Talk papers are limited to a maximum of 2 pages plus 1 page for references. Submissions must adhere to ACM’s SIGCSE publication guidelines: https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template. Be sure to use US letter size pages that measure 8.5” by 11”, that’s 215.9mm by 279.4mm. Following SIGCSE 2021, SPLICE 20201 is not participating in the new ACM workflow, template, and production system. Word Authors, please use the Interim Template. LaTeX Authors, please use the official ACM Master with the ACM_SigConf template

Registration support for Workshop Attendees:
The workshop is sponsored by NSF. Workshop participation is free of charge for all accepted participants. Registration for SIGCSE 2021 is not necessary for those who would like to attend only the workshop. A limited number of travel grants to cover expenses associated with attending the workshop are available. Please contact the organizers if you need support.