Call for Papers

Submissions of Position Papers, Experience Reports, and Research Papers are solicited for the International Workshop on Software Engineering Education for Millennials (SEEM 2018), to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in conjunction with the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2018).

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 workshop 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.

During last year’s workshop, we met many others in the software engineering community who have been facing these questions. We gleaned valuable insights from the event. Several open questions remain. The goal of this sequel is to continue to share and reflect on our collective experiences and tackle central issues that particularly surface in the software engineering context, while considering the perspectives of both educators and students. The latter perspective has especially been neglected in the past. Like we did last year, we aim to bring these perspectives together in this participative workshop to draw on trials and tribulations from both types of stakeholders. Perspectives from employers are also welcome.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Software engineering education for new and emerging technologies;
  • Novel approaches to designing software engineering curricula;
  • Needs and expectations of Millennials aspiring to be software engineers;
  • Skills and continuing education for software engineering educators;
  • Classroom formats that cater to diverse learning styles;
  • Teaching approaches that leverage technology-enhanced education in software engineering courses;
  • Balancing teaching of soft and hard skills
  • Balancing rigor and practicality;
  • Experience in educating the Millennials in a software engineering program;
  • Experience in being educated as a Millennial in a software engineering program;
  • Experiential and hands-on learning for software engineers; and
  • Gaps and challenge in professional graduate software engineering programs.

Submission Categories

We solicit three kinds of contributions:

  • Research Papers, including case studies, reporting on original research results pertaining to software engineering education.
  • Experience Reports describing experiences in training Millennials in software engineering courses or curricula in higher education or professional settings with a focus on actionable advice and lessons learned.
  • Position Papers sharing the author’s insights or proposing an original idea or an opinion pertaining to software engineering education.

We will be looking for novel contributions, candid, first-hand accounts, ability to articulate an opinion, evidence of willingness to share, and commitment to actively participate and contribute to the workshop goals. Submitted papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop Program Committee.

Page Limits

  • Research Papers and Experience Reports: maximum eight pages
  • Position Papers: maximum four pages

Submission Instructions

The ICSE 2018 workshop proceedings will be prepared by IEEE CPS and published by ACM. All workshop papers must follow the ACM formatting instructions provided here:

Important Note: Although some ICSE tracks adopt the Double-Blind Review (DBR) process, the DBR process does not apply to this workshop. Papers will be submitted and reviewed using the regular, non-blinded process.

The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2018. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


  • Cécile Péraire, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Hakan Erdogmus, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Important Dates

  • Submission site open: December 5, 2017
  • Paper submissions due: Extended to February 11, 2018, 23h59 AoE
  • Notification of acceptance: March 5, 2018
  • Camera-ready papers due: March 19, 2018
  • Workshop: June 2, 2018

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