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...

[Learn More about Education…]

The Bayesian Zig Zag

View the most recent ACM Learning Webinar, "The Bayesian Zig Zag: Developing Probabilistic Models Using Grid Methods and MCMC," on demand. The talk was presented by Allen Downey, Professor of Computer Science, Olin College. Continue the discussion and checkout further resources on ACM's Discourse Page.

Image of Allen Downey

Designing an ML-Minded Product and a Product-Minded ML System

View the ACM Learning Webinar, "Designing an ML-Minded Product and a Product-Minded ML System," on demand. Grace Huang, data science manager at Pinterest, led the discussion. Ankur Teredesai, co-founder and CTO of KenSci, moderated the talk and questions from the audience. Continue the discussion and check out further resources on ACM's Discourse Page.

Image of Grace Huang

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.

Image of Blaise Agüera y Arcas

Andrew Ng on Building a Career in Machine Learning

View the 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, led 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.

Image of Andrew Ng

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.

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.

Read the ACM news release.

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

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.

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.

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.

techpacks

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.

Bringing You the World’s Computing Literature

The most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records covering computing and information technology includes the complete collection of ACM's publications. 

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)