[TOS] Let's talk about SIGCSE 2012 plans.

Heidi Ellis heidijcellis at gmail.com
Tue Aug 16 12:40:13 UTC 2011

Hi Steve,

The idea is to saturate SIGCSE with TOS presence. I like the idea of a BoF
for students, although there may not be a large number of student attendees.
So go for it! Add it to the BoF section of the TOS SIGCSE site. Or add it as
a special session? Whichever you think fits best.


-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Huss-Lederman [mailto:huss at beloit.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 8:34 AM
To: Heidi Ellis
Cc: TOS List
Subject: Re: [TOS] Let's talk about SIGCSE 2012 plans.


I'll definitely be at SIGCSE (I'm one of the student volunteer and activity
coordinators if you have students who want free registration for
volunteering some hours).  I'm happy to share my experiences at a BoF.

I'll throw out some ideas for the BoF.  They are just thoughts.  I'm happy
to edit if others think these have merit.

You are trying to pitch to professors.  Make the students and other
professors the primary focus/presenters.  They will explain how to get
started with TOS and answer questions.  It will be a session to learn the
resources to do this.  Instead of saying it is "no-cost" say it costs no
money and there is support for doing this.  Make this clearer and stronger.
The current ideas say this but I'm not sure if the punch is there.  (I think
the current one is fine too.)  Along these lines, can we get some students
from POSSE institutions to come?

Add some buzz words for this audience: hands-on learning, community-based
learning, project-based learning, student centered/driven, etc.  

Make the abstract sound more exciting to entice people to come.  How excited
profs and students who do this are.  How it leads to real and deep learning
for everyone.  Maybe something fun in there.

Another thought.  Could we have a different (meaning second) BoF for
students?  There are usually 75-100 students at SIGCSE.  If you could
motivate them to come to a BoF (hard to motivate students but easier since
few sessions are aimed at them) then we would hit the other side of the
equation.  This would be a more unique BoF (and likely with few
participants) but could be interesting.  We have several OSS oriented
students to present with maybe one prof involved.  The focus is on students
to go back to their schools and who may become profs in a number of year.
Build the pipeline. Would this work?  Could we get enough students (3 would
be nice)?

Thanks for reading.


On Aug 13, 2011, at 1:05 PM, Heidi Ellis wrote:

> Hey Sebastian,
> I've been perusing the SIGCSE page on TOS. I think that we can't submit
> exactly the same BoF as last year. My suggestion would be to revamp it
> slightly and invite a bunch of POSSE grads and indicate that we'd all
> how POSSE helped us get started and our experiences in student
> in FOSS. Something that goes a bit beyond last year's BoF and builds on
> experience.  
> Any other POSSE grads interested in sharing information?
> Heidi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tos-bounces at teachingopensource.org
> [mailto:tos-bounces at teachingopensource.org] On Behalf Of Sebastian
> Sent: Friday, August 12, 2011 4:20 PM
> To: TOS
> Subject: [TOS] Let's talk about SIGCSE 2012 plans.
> The submission deadline is coming up on September 1st, so I went ahead
> and created a wiki page to help coordinating the different efforts
> around SIGCSE. Feel free to toss in comments & requests here [0] or
> simply reply here.
> Who's planning on attending, and who's still looking for co-authors?
> --Sebastian
> [0] http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/SIGCSE_2012
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