Teaching Challenge at COMPUTE 2021, 21-23 October: Call for Submissions

August 31, 2021

COMPUTE 2021 is the annual conference organized by ACM India and the iSIGCSE Chapter, hosted this year by the University of Delhi 21-23 October in virtual mode. We are calling for submissions to the Teaching Challenge session planned as part of COMPUTE. This is the second one in the series of Teaching Challenges that are being organized by the iSIGCSE Chapter.

What is this about?
Teaching is a hard task. There are a very few gifted teachers who can make any course interesting. You could be one of them. Your lectures could inspire others to love the teaching profession and perform better.

We have identified several challenges in teaching Data Structures, Algorithms, Databases, and Operating Systems courses. We want to know your creative ways of addressing these challenges!

Who can participate?
Any faculty member who teaches/has taught computing courses in India in a higher education institution (e.g., BTech/BE/MTech/ME/BSc/BCA/MCA programmes)

How can you participate?
Create a 10-15-minute video that explains how you address a specific teaching challenge. The submission deadline is 10 September 2021. Submission link: https://forms.gle/pmT4xRBAMKZnuE4w7

What are the benefits?
Thanks to support from ACM India, we are delighted to announce prizes worth Rs. 30000. Participants with outstanding submissions will also be offered free registration to attend COMPUTE 2021 (virtually), to share their work with the wider community of computing faculty in India.

The selected videos will be hosted on iSIGCSE and ACM websites. This would give you more visibility and give other teachers an opportunity to learn from you.

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 10 September 2021

Announcement of winners: 4 October 2021

COMPUTE 2021 conference presentations: 21-23 October 2021

Please refer to https://isigcse.acm.org/challenges/challange_compute21 for potential challenging topics in the chosen four core courses of Computer Science.

What needs to be submitted?
You are not limited to the challenges that are listed in the above link! If you are NOT addressing one of these challenges, please explain the precise Teaching Challenge you are addressing. Note: Your challenge must be relevant to one of the above courses.

A short video (maximum length: 15 minutes) that clearly demonstrates how you address this Teaching Challenge. The lecture must be in English.

You are free to use any format (whiteboard, slides, etc.). We recommend that you use screen-recording software (e.g., OBS Studio) to prepare your video. If you are comfortable with recording yourself, we suggest switching on your video camera. However, this is not necessary.

If you are introducing some code, you can use any programming language (or even pseudocode).

Your video will be evaluated on the criteria listed below:

  • Focuses on the identified Teaching Challenge
  • Presents ideas in a logical flow
  • Uses meaningful examples when needed to explain ideas
  • Uses language that is easy for most students to understand. Errors in grammar, pronunciation, etc. that do not hinder clarity are OK.
  • Does not have major technical errors

What happens after submission?
We will review all submissions and identify a shortlist. If your submission is shortlisted, we will schedule an interaction with you to discuss these questions:

  • Why do you believe that your approach helps address this challenge? (For example, you can describe any formal (or informal) studies you have conducted to assess your belief.)
  • How can others replicate your success? (We welcome submissions from all types of institutions! For example, your approach may be best-suited for a specific type of institution such as an engineering institution outside top-tier institutions such as IITs.)

Winners will be announced on 4 October 2021.

What happens at COMPUTE 2021?
We will recognize the winners and invite them to speak about how others can implement these ideas, and ways to jointly collaborate on evaluating this approach in other institutions.