ACM/IEEE 16th International Conference on
Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems


Call for Educators Symposium

The principles, practices and tools of modeling continue to evolve rapidly as model-driven development takes up an ever more central role in software development.

Although most computer science and software engineering curricula include some education in modeling technologies, the whole spectrum of modeling in software engineering - including metamodeling, model transformation and the use of domain specific languages, for example - is rarely captured. Moreover, the effective teaching of modeling presents distinct challenges. In particular:

  • modeling languages are still rapidly evolving;
  • there are few evidence-based studies of what techniques work best
    when teaching modeling;
  • it is hard for educators to gain deep modeling experience in industry, and industrial practitioners rarely communicate their expertise in a way that could help educators teach modeling better;
  • the functionality of contemporary modeling tools does not match that of mature programming environments.

Scope of Symposium

The Educators Symposium at MODELS addresses the challenges, techniques and best practices involved in teaching modeling technologies in universities and in industry. Papers on all topics related to this are of interest to the symposium, including:

  • how to integrate modeling topics into software engineering curricula;
  • how to teach and assess modeling topics in academia or in industry;
  • tools, case studies or other resources used to support modeling education;
  • the impact modeling has on students' skills;
  • assessment of the effectiveness of modeling education.

The symposium will consist of a keynote, paper presentations, and a panel discussion. We also hope to conduct workshop-style interactive sessions based on the material in some of the papers.

Publication and Review Information

Papers may present their results in any appropriate form, e.g., as case studies or as more structured empirical studies. Assessment of results may focus on student learning outcomes, industrial assessment of trainee capabilities, or some other criteria.

Papers that primarily express opinions, or take the form of position statements, are also welcome. All papers are expected to contain well-reasoned arguments and properly cite relevant evidence.

All papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee.

The paper selection process will be based on the novelty and potential impact of the work, paper quality, and relevance to the symposium.

All accepted submissions to the Educators Symposium @ MODELS 2013 will be published in a post-conference volume of CEUR and indexed in the DBLP.

At least one author for each accepted paper must register for the symposium at the MODELS 2013 conference and present the paper.


Contributions must not exceed 8 pages in Springer LNCS format. Details about the required submission format can be found here.

All papers have to be submitted electronically in PDF format via Easychair at:

Important Dates

15 July 2013

Educators Symposium paper submission

23 August 2013

Notification to authors

30 Sep 2013


All deadlines are hard. No extensions will be allowed. Deadline is midnight for time zone UTC -12.

Symposium Organization and Contact Information

The Educators Symposium Chairs are:

  • Perdita Stevens, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Timothy Lethbridge, University of Ottawa, Canada

They can be contacted at

The names of the Educators Symposium Selection Committee members can be found on the Committees Web Page.