** Call for Papers ***
Welcome to SEEM 2018, the Second International Workshop on Software Engineering Education for Millennials!
Millennials are defined as the demographic cohort following Generation X, born between early 1980s and early 2000s. We are already educating most of them. Many more are reaching adulthood, and college age, about now, and will soon be in our classrooms. Howe and Strauss (Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation, Vintage Books, New York, 2011), who are credited with coining the term, state that
“as a group, Millennials are unlike any other youth generation in living memory. They are more numerous, more affluent, better educated, and more technically diverse. More importantly, they are beginning to manifest a wide array of positive social habits that older Americans [sic] no longer associate with youth, including a new focus on teamwork, and achievement…”
Educating the new breed of software engineers is tough. Millennials have been dominating the higher education programs for some time. This cohort has unique needs, learning styles, and skills. They are diverse, collaborative, tech-savvy, and keenly interested in emerging technologies. The software industry is in a constant state of flux, with new techniques, paradigms, and application domains popping up with increasing frequency. Companies quickly adjust to this shifting landscape, and their expectations and needs also shift with it. What about educators? How should software engineering curricula and educators’ teaching styles adapt to these changes? Perspectives of students and educators should be heard to answer this question and identify solutions. Following last year’s First International Workshop on Software Engineering Curricula for Millennials (SECM 2017), our goal in this second edition is to continue to bring together main stakeholders to discuss the unique needs and challenges of software engineering education for Millennials. Building on its predecessor, the workshop will use an interactive format, structured around short presentations to generate discussion topics, an exercise to select the most interesting topics, and structured breakout sessions to allow participants to address those topics.
For a summary of SECM 2017 and follow-up posts, check out se-edu.org. We also invite you to join the Google discussion group SE-EDU.
SEEM 2018 will be held at the 40th International Conference on SoftwareEngineering in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 2. Stay tuned for updates!