Education

ACM’s educational activities, conducted primarily through our Education Board and Advisory Committee, range from the K-12 space (CSTA) and two-year programs to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level education, and professional development for computing practitioners at every stage of their career...

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From Media to Meaning: Classic Machine Learning

Check out the first ACM TechTalk with Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Distinguished Scientist at Google AI, where he leads a team that works on intersections of neural nets and neuromorphic AI. In this talk, Blaise examines the recent revolution in deep networks which has enabled the use of classic machine learning techniques to go from media to meaning. Among the topics Blaise covers are neural nets, generative adversarial techniques, and the ethical implications of these new technologies.

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Andrew Ng on Building a Career in Machine Learning

View the most recent ACM Learning Webinar, "Break Into AI: A Q&A with Andrew Ng on Building a Career in Machine Learning," on demand. Andrew Ng, a globally recognized leader in AI, leads the discussion. Juan Miguel de Joya, in-house consultant for AI and Emerging Technologies at  the UN ITU, moderated the talk and questions from the audience. Continue the discussion and check out further resources on ACM's Discourse Page.

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Concurrent Object-Oriented Programming

View the ACM Learning Webinar "Concurrent Object-Oriented Programming" on demand. This talk was presented by Bertrand Meyer, CTO of Eiffel Software. Elisabetta Di Nitto, Professor in the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano and Vice Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, moderated the talk and questions from the audience. Continue the discussion and check out further resources on ACM's Discourse Page.

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Explainable Machine Learning Models for Healthcare AI

View the ACM Learning Webinar, "Explainable Machine Learning Models for Healthcare AI," on demand. This talk was presented by Ankur Teredesai, Dr. Carly Eckert, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, and Vikas Kumar of KenSci. Continue the discussion and checkout further resources on ACM's Discourse Page.

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ACM, CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2017-2018 winners of the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing. The award recognizes computer science talent in high school students and comes with a $10,000 prize, which they will receive at CSTA's annual conference in July.

Chris Stephenson Named Co-Chair of ACM Education Board

Chris Stephenson has been named Co-Chair (with Jane Prey) of ACM's Education Board and Advisory Committee, to serve for the two-year term ending June 30, 2020. Stephenson is Head of Computer Science Education Strategy at Google and is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association. She was recently named an ACM Distinguished Member and received the 2016 ACM Presidential Award for her lifelong commitment to computer science education.

ACM Presents Special Awards to Intel Science Fair Finalists

ACM presented Special Awards to finalists in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest high school science research competition, held May 17-18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nearly 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories competed to reach the finals. In addition to monetary prizes, ACM also provides complimentary ACM Student Lite Memberships for the duration of the award recipients' undergraduate education.

ACM ICPC 2018 World Finals Winners

Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Peking University and The University of Tokyo were the top medal winners in the 2018 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, held April 15-19 in Beijing, China.

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ICPC 2018 winners

Lifelong Learning

ACM offers lifelong learning resources including online books from Safari, online courses from Skillsoft, webinars on the hottest topics in computing and IT, and more.

Generation CS: Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments Surge Since 2006

In 2015-16, CRA conducted a survey to examine enrollment trends and their impact on CS programs. The survey was administered in parallel with CRA’s Taulbee Survey of doctoral-granting and ACM’s NDC Study of non-doctoral programs. The report, “Generation CS: CS Enrollments Surge Since 2006,” is now available at: http://cra.org/data/generation-cs/.

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A New Framework to Define K-12 Computer Science Education

ACM, Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the Cyber Innovation Center, and the National Math and Science Initiative have launched a framework that identifies key K-12 computer science concepts and practices educators should expect students exiting grades 2, 5, 8, and 12 to know. The framework is intended to inform the development of standards, curriculum, and computer science pathways, and to help school systems build capacity for teaching computer science.

Education Board Retention Committee Report on CS Undergraduate Student Retention

The ACM Education Board's Retention Committee has released "Retention in Computer Science Undergraduate Programs in the U.S.: Data Challenges and Promising Interventions." The report calls for additional research to provide a more nuanced understanding of the dynamics of attrition and retention, and encourages higher education institutions to provide proactive counseling to undergraduate students about career opportunities in CS.

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ACM Education Board Retention Committee Releases Report on CS Undergraduate Student Retention

Report Aims to Smooth Transition between Community College and Computing Career

A report by the ACM Education Policy Committee analyzes various initiatives being implemented throughout the US that aim to increase the pipeline of students pursuing computing degrees; identify programs that have had the most success; and describe aspects of these programs that could be emulated elsewhere.

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ACM Education Policy Committee Report on Transition from Community College to Computing Careers

First-Ever Global Curriculum Guidelines in Cybersecurity

After an extensive two-year process, a joint task force led by the ACM, IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS SIGSEC), and the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8) has released a first-ever set of global curricular recommendations for post-secondary degree programs in cybersecurity education.

ACM Europe and IE Release Informatics Education Strategy

The ACM Europe Council and Informatics Europe have collaborated on a report that builds on an earlier document, "Informatics Education in Europe: Are We All in the Same Boat?". The report, "Informatics for All: The Strategy," aims to establish Informatics as an essential discipline for all, a subject available at all levels throughout the educational system. The strategy is also summarized in a one-page document.

ACM Global Practitioner Advisory Community

The computing landscape is rapidly evolving, and what ACM offers must keep pace with this change. That's why ACM has established the Global Practitioner Advisory Community, a body of 100 software engineers, systems architects, systems administrators and other computing practitioners who will help ACM refine and create resources and experiences that allow practitioners to thrive throughout their careers.

Curricula Recommendations

ACM works with leading professional and scientific computing societies to develop curriculum recommendations for the rapidly changing landscape of computer technology. As the computing field continues to evolve, and new computing-related disciplines emerge, existing curriculum reports are updated, and additional reports for new computing disciplines drafted.

IT 2017: Curriculum Guidelines for Baccalaureate Degree Programs in Information Technology. December 10, 2017.

CE2016: Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Computer Engineering has been endorsed by ACM and IEEE-CS. December 15, 2016.

CE2016 Curriculum Guidelines now available in Chinese (Mandarin).

CS2013 Curriculum Guidelines now available in Chinese (Mandarin).

SE2014: Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Software Engineering.

Information Technology Competency Model of Core Learning Outcomes and Assessment for Associate-Degree Curriculum October 14, 2014: The Association for Computing Machinery Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (ACM CCECC)