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SIGCSE 2023 Affiliated Event: Innovations and Opportunities in Liberal Arts Computing Education

As you are making your plans for SIGCSE 2023<> we hope you will consider registering for this free affiliated event taking place on Wednesday, March 15th the day before the Technical Symposium kicks off! Sponsored by the SIGCSE Committee on Computing Education in Liberal Arts Colleges<> this event will feature a morning session focused on both curricular-level and course level considerations in liberal arts computing education and an afternoon session focused on the ACM/IEEE/AAAI CS2023 draft model curriculum and a proposed workbook for liberal arts computer science programs to use when working with CS2023 in an identity-focused curriculum design and review process. A full event agenda is included below and on the SIGCSE 2023 Affiliated Event site<>.


In order to ensure we have adequate space and to help plan facilitators for breakout sessions, we ask that attendees register in advance via the following Google Form:

All attendees must also be registered for the SIGCSE Technical Symposium. Apart from the required SIGCSE TS registration there will be no additional cost to participants for this event.

We anticipate being able to accommodate everyone who expresses interest at the event. However, in the unlikely event that our venue cannot accommodate everyone, attendees will be selected giving first priority to those presenting at one of the sessions and then by reviewing attendance applications to achieve representation from a broad range of institutions. All interested faculty and students are welcome.

Event Agenda

Wednesday, March 15th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Room 701A, Metro Toronto Convention Center

Morning Session (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Welcome and Opening Remarks (9:00 AM - 9:15 AM)

Curricular-Level Considerations in Liberal Arts Computing Education (9:15 AM - 10:15 AM)


Creating a Program in Computing for the Arts and Sciences, Mark Guzdial, University of Michigan

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Undergraduate Computing Education, Amanda Holland-Minkley, Washington & Jefferson College

Breakout Discussions:

Session presenters will host discussion tables for continued in-depth conversation about their curricular work. Additional discussion tables will be hosted on topics such as curriculum design when offering a BA and a BS, how to manage curriculum revision in the face of staff turnover and the need for flexibility, embedding content such as ethics, writing in the discipline, or computing for social good across a curriculum, and others.

Break (10:15 AM -10:30 AM)

Course-Level Considerations in Liberal Arts Computing Education (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)


Collaborative Teams in CS and Entrepreneurship Project Courses, Barbara Lerner, Mount Holyoke College

Engaging Undergraduates in Social Justice Issues through Interdisciplinary Course Collaborations, S. Monisha Pulimood, The College of New Jersey

Breakout Discussions:

Session presenters will host discussion tables for continued in-depth conversation about their courses. Additional discussion tables will be hosted on topics such as teaching ethics, creating sustainable capstones, approaches to incorporating organization/architecture content, and others.

Morning Recap and Discussion of Community Priorities (11:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

Lunch Break (12:00 PM - 1:30 PM)

Afternoon Session (1:30 PM - 5:00 PM)

The afternoon session will focus on the ACM/IEEE/AAAI CS2023 draft curriculum model. Members of the Committee will lead a workshop based on a liberal-arts focused process they have developed for curriculum review and revision that balances institutional identity with external guidelines for CS curricula. Feedback from this session will inform both the process under development and the Committee’s advocacy efforts with the ACM/IEEE/AAAI curriculum task force.

Workshop Overview and Introduction to Identity-Focused Curriculum Design and Review (1:30 PM - 2:00 PM)

Guided Sessions with “A Workbook for Liberal Arts Computer Science” (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Session participants will be grouped based on experience with curriculum revision, institutional context, and personal interest. Each group will be paired with a session facilitator and will work collaboratively through the first three steps of the process workbook. Participants are encouraged to have a laptop available for this work. Materials will be shared online and participants will be able to take the results of their work back to their home institutions for discussion or continued work.

Debrief and Presentation of Next Steps (4:00 PM - 4:30 PM)

Open Discussion of CS2023 and ACM/IEEE Curriculum Guidelines (4:30 PM - 5:00 PM)

Questions about the event can be sent to either Jakob Barnard ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) or Amanda Holland-Minkley ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

Program Committee

*       Jakob Barnard, University of Jamestown
*       Grant Braught, Dickinson College
*       Janet Davis, Whitman College
*       Amanda Holland-Minkley, Washington & Jefferson College
*       Mario Nakazawa, Berea College
*       Andrea Tartaro, Furman University
*       Jim Teresco, Siena College


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