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Panel Session 1
Monday, June 30, 13:30-15:00
Experiences with IDEs and Java Teaching: What Works and What Doesn't
Keitha Murray (Iona College, USA)
Jesse M. Heines (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)
Michael Kölling (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Tom Moore (University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, USA)
Nan C. Schaller (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
John Trono (Saint Michael's College, USA)
Paul J. Wagner (University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, USA)

Short description: The environment chosen to teach Java can have a profound effect on students' abilities to learn the language. Panelists will report on their experiences using different Java Interactive Development Environments (IDEs) to teach Java and what they identify as the strengthens and weaknesses of each IDE. Each panelist will discuss the most important features of the IDEs and related teaching pedagogies to address "what works and what doesn't" when teaching Java.

Panel Session 2
Monday, June 30, 15:45-17:15
IEEE-CS/ACM Computing Curricula - Software Engineering Volume
Ann Sobel (Miami University, USA)
Tim Lethbridge (University of Ottawa, Canada)
David Budgen (Keele University, UK)

Short description: In the fall of 1998, the Educational Activities Board of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM Education Board appointed representatives to a joint task force whose mission was to perform a major review of curriculum guidelines for undergraduate programs in computing. This activity, named Computing Curricula, and their corresponding final reports, which are listed as volumes II-V for the areas of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and Information Systems, are in varying stages of completion. This panel will report on the Software Engineering Volume development process, the contents of the first draft of the Volume, and the application of the curriculum guidelines to international curriculum models.

Panel Session 3
Wednesday, July 2, 15:45-17:15
Challenges in Teaching Capstone Courses
Liz Adams (James Madison University, USA)
Orit Hazzan (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Mats Daniels (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Kathy Lynch (Monash University, Australia)
Ian Newman (Loughborough University, UK)
Annegret Goold (Deakin University, Australia)

Short description: Many of us run capstone projects/courses and do so in different ways. The members of this panel come from different countries, belong to different types of institutions, teach in different computing disciplines and the capstone projects they run also vary considerably. Yet, there is a strong sense of consensus about what a capstone project is and how valuable it is as a learning experience for students. The panel discussion will serve as an inspiration to develop new, and change old capstone project courses. The main aim is to discuss why, or why not, different approaches work in a capstone project. What are the learning objectives behind the approach? What are the problems? What are the benefits? How is assessment managed? What resources, tools and techniques are used by staff/students to administer and manage the projects? Concrete examples of how capstone projects are run at the five institutions represented by the panellists will be given and issues such as framework, methodologies, project examples and technologies used in the process of producing projects will be addressed.