The concept of sustainability has emerged in a number of fields including artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, human-computer interaction, requirements engineering, software engineering, etc, as well as being a part of the ACM CS2013 Core Curriculum as a Core Tier 1 topic.
In order for computing to make a significant positive contribution to socio-ecological transformation, there needs to be a transformation in the mindsets, skillsets, attitudes and behaviours of computing as a profession. As educators, we have a moral imperative to guide learners to be critically aware of the impacts and potential opportunities attached to their desired profession in working towards a positive future. However, in crowded computing curricula, students have little chance to learn about the concepts needed to analyse sustainability beyond the technical scope of systems they develop in class. It is therefore imperative that we develop pedagogies, curriculum, resources and a supportive community for Computing Education for Sustainability.
The primary objective of the Computing, Sustainability, and Education workshop is to establish a forum for educators, researchers, and practitioners interested in the design and development of a curriculum for sustainable software engineering. The workshop also aims to establish a common ground on the key topics on Sustainable Education for Computing. It will take a three-prong approach to tackling this challenge of lack of uptake in Sustainability Education within various areas of Computing, by:
- Fostering community growth that researchers on pedagogical approaches, methods, techniques, tools, and processes for teaching sustainability in the computing curricula;
- Expanding on the efforts of the pioneering practitioners that include (single, multi- and/or interdisciplinary) modules or courses to integrate sustainability into computing education; and
- Providing a forum where the participants will collaboratively discuss and create curricula for ICT4S and SE4S education (including a list of tentative core subjects/issues and suggested core literature).
This workshop is being held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on ICT4S at the University of Toronto, Canada, from 14-18 May 2018. As part of the full call for papers, the workshop solicits a number of contribution types, encouraging the submission of new and interactive formats.