ICT for Sustainability Unworkshop Computing + Sustainability + Education

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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. It is therefore imperative that we develop pedagogies, curriculum, resources and a supportive community for Computing Education for Sustainability.

However, in a crowded computing curriculum, computing students have little chance to learn about the concepts needed to analyze sustainability beyond the technical scope of systems they develop in class.

The Computing, Sustainability, and Education workshop 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 is a one-day workshop (May 18, 2018), will be dedicated to the identification and integration of current experiences and the exploration of future delivery methods, techniques, and content on Sustainability within SE/ICT4S setting.

The primary output of the workshop will be to lay the foundations for producing a state-of-the-art review of the current state of practice to provide a roadmap of emerging themes, trends, as well as highlighting open issues and challenges.
Period18 May 2018
Event typeWorkshop
LocationToronto, Canada, OntarioShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational