MODELS 2020 Educators Symposium

Centre de Recherche en Gestion et en Economie du Développement (CREGED) - Université Quisqueya
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Université de Montréal
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Model-driven engineering has been part of university curricula, as well as corporate training programs, for many years. Modelling notations are taught in a wide variety of courses and programs, from software engineering to enterprise architecture. Most educators would agree that teaching modeling is a challenging task, especially given the growing student population interested in modeling.

The 16th Educators Symposium at MODELS 2020 provides educators, researchers and practitioners with a forum to discuss educational issues relating to modeling and modeling technologies and share their experiences from the field.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Full Papers are expected to contribute research and experience reports and must be no longer than 10 pages.
  • Short Papers are expected to present position statements addressing the symposium topics. These papers intend to stimulate discussions on teaching modeling at universities and in industry and must not exceed 6 pages.

List of Topics

  • Challenges in teaching modeling:
  • How to engage students in modeling?
  • How to integrate modeling across the curriculum, from introduction to programming to senior project and beyond?
  • What appropriate and novel modeling technologies are currently used to enrich the student experience?
  • How to relate or mix theory and practice when teaching modeling?
  • What are effective learning and teaching mechanisms for distance and online learning?
  • How to teach modeling in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)?
  • Is teaching modeling using a collaborative approach feasible?
  • Tool support for the teaching of modeling
  • The relation between modelling research and modeling education
  • Incorporating a practitioner viewpoint in modeling education
  • Use of case studies or explicative examples to teach modeling
  • Teaching global or open source software engineering modeling
  • Evolution of teaching modeling and use of tools in the classroom
  • Teaching model driven engineering and model management
  • Analysis of teaching methods, tools or games for modelling in the classroom Furthermore, we also welcome submissions related to this year’s theme: modeling in the era of data.


  • Dimitris Kolovos, University of York (UK)
  • Alfonso Pierantonio, University of L’Aquila (Italy)
  • Peter Clarke, Florida International University (USA)
  • Antonio Vallecillo, Universidad de Málaga (Spain)
  • Martina Seidl, Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria)
  • Phillipa Bennett, University of the West Indes (Jamaica)
  • Catherine Dubois, ENSIIE-Samovar (France)
  • Birgit Demuth, TU Dresden (Germany)
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama (USA)
  • Steffen Zschaler, King’s London (UK)
  • Richard Paige, McMaster (Canada)
  • Martin Gogolla, Bremen (Germany)
  • Arend Rensink, University of Twente (Netherlands)
  • Monique Snoeck, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Organizing committee

  • Michalis Famelis, Montreal University (Canada)


Papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. The paper selection process will be based on the novelty of the ideas or solutions, the impact of modeling in software development education, and relevance to the topics to the symposium. All accepted submissions will be available via ACM Digital Library. Papers are accepted conditional on one author registering for the symposium at the MODELS 2020 conference by the early registration deadline and presenting the paper at the symposium.


The MODELS conference, as well as the Educators Symposium, will be held at the MIL Campus of the University of Montreal. This brand new facility opened its doors to students, faculty, and staff in September 2019. This historic site used to be a marshaling yard for trains in the early 1910.


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