SECTION 7 - EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

7.1 Membership

The Educational Activities Board (EAB) shall be chaired by the vice president for educational activities as provided in the bylaws and shall consist of the past chair and the following members appointed annually by the vice president for educational activities: the vice chair, , the coordinators of three thrusts (Pre-University, University, and Professional Development), the chairs of standing and ad hoc committees, up to four members appointed with the concurrence of the Society president and one CSAB Representative Director appointed according to Section 7.2. EAB membership shall include representation from the following communities served by the board: K-12 education, university education, and computing professionals.
 
7.2 APPOINTMENT OF CSAB REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTORS.
 
The appointment of representative directors and alternate representative directors to the CSAB Board of Directors shall be conducted in accordance with PPM Section 23 Society Representatives.  The vice president for educational activities shall appoint one of the representative directors approved by the Society's Executive Committee to serve on the EAB. 


7.3 RESPONSIBILITIES, MISSION, AND VISION

As established in Section 1 of Article VII of the IEEE Computer Society bylaws, the EAB is responsible for establishing and maintaining programs that address (1) the educational needs of students at all levels and (2) the current and future educational and training needs of computing professionals. In pursuit of the second goal, the EAB will work closely with the Professional Activities Board (PAB). 

The EAB has the following specific goals:

  • Increasing interest in computing disciplines
  • Providing support for educational programs in computing at all levels
  • Identifying (in coordination with the Professional Activities Board) the needs of members and nonmembers for continuing professional education and training
  • Prototyping, developing, and implementing resources for continuing professional education and training for members and nonmembers
  • Using its programs to attract and retain members; and
  • Contributing revenue to the IEEE Computer Society
The EAB's mission is to be a leading force in providing relevant education to present and future computing professionals in all fields related to computing. We promote computing through education on several levels: pre-university, university, and professional.  Our stakeholders are the current and future users, practitioners, and researchers of the computing profession. 
 
The Education Activities Board of the Computer Society will be the "go-to" organization for all matters of education in the computing disciplines. 
 
7.4 THRUSTS
 
In order to recognize the multiple targets of its efforts, the EAB shall be organized around three thrusts: Pre-University, University, and Professional Development. The leader of each will define, in cooperation with the EAB chair and the corresponding Committee chairs (see Section 7.5), the relevant activities of the EAB.  The three thrusts are defined in the subsections that follow.
 
7.4.1 Pre-University Thrust
 
The Pre-University Thrust shall research, develop, implement, and maintain programs designed to increase interest and involvement in computing education programs and related activities for students in the pre-university age group. The target audience is students in grades K-12.
 
7.4.2 University Thrust
 
The University Thrust shall research, develop, implement and maintain programs designed to increase interest and involvement in computing degree programs and related activities for students seeking or already involved in such programs.  The primary target audience is undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.
 
7.4.3 Professional Development Thrust
 
The Professional Development Thrust shall acquire knowledge of the needs and preferences of professionals working in computing-related fields, and develop programs for their continuing education and training. These programs will be delivered through a range of options, which may include online resources, distance learning courses, continuing education courses, professional development seminars, and tutorials. The leader of the Professional Development thrust will coordinate with the Professional Activities Board.  The primary audience is computing professionals; professional development will also benefit faculty.
 
7.5 STANDING COMMITTEES
 
The standing committees will implement the various activities of the EAB.  

7.5.1   Professional Education Product Development Committee
The  Professional Education Product Development Committee shall acquire knowledge of the needs and preferences of professionals working in computing-related fields, and develop programs for the continuing education and training of those professionals..  Programs will be delivered through a range of options, which may include online resources, distance learning courses, continuing education courses, professional development seminars, and tutorials. Specifically, the committee shall oversee the following efforts:
 
a. Professional certifications, development and training.  This effort involves the development and implementation of programs to support those preparing for the Society's certification exams, including training courses and self-study materials. The committee may provide technical support to Society staff and other providers developing training courses. The committee shall select and implement an asynchronous platform to support all Society online courseware and shall maintain this platform and all its attendant courseware.

b. Program/course reviews. This effort involves the definition and implementation of a "Computer Society Seal of Approval", which will involve expert Society review of programs, curricula, exams and other professional development training materials for the purpose of determining their quality, accuracy, and completeness.

7.5.2  Curriculum Development Committee
 
The Curriculum Development Committee develops curriculum recommendations for programs in computing and related areas.  Its specific duties shall include the following:
a.       Study and promote university curricular models.
b.       Determine effective delivery methodologies (e.g., mobile applications, asynchronous course delivery, flipped classroom) and work to implement those for all course materials;
c.       Develop course material and educational support products; and
d.       Participate in the Seal of Approval Process. 
 

7.5.3 Computing Program Accreditation Committee

The Computing Program Accreditation Committee shall be tasked with the following:

a.       Identify new targets of accreditation;

b.       Maintain and update accreditation criteria; and

c.       Participate in accreditation of computing programs.

The Computer Program Accreditation Committee shall consist of a chair and at least two additional members.  The chair shall be the senior (in terms of service) CSAB representative director from the IEEE Computer Society.  At least one additional CSAB representative or alternate director will serve on the committee.  Other Accreditation Committee members shall be individuals with interest and experience in the accreditation of academic programs in computing, and IEEE Computer Society liaisons or representatives to IEEE and other organizations who have activities in accreditation of academic programs in computing.

The committee shall also have responsibility for the Computer Society's involvement with ABET – the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET is responsible for accrediting post-secondary educational programs in the applied sciences, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

The Accreditation Chair shall recommend nominees for CSAB Directors and Computer Society representatives to ABET, and shall forward the list of recommended nominees to the vice president for educational activities.  The vice president shall select persons from the list for endorsement and submit the list of endorsed nominees to the Computer Society Executive Committee for final approval according to Section 7.2.

7.5.4 Global View Committee

The Global View Committee shall deal with matters pertaining to positioning the Computer Society Education Activities Board within the Society and profession. The activities of the Global View Committee are as follows:

a.       Enhance diversity;

b.       Promote education within pre-university circles; and

a.       Transfer technology: research to education.  Educate the educator (e.g., pre-university computing education activities both for teachers and students).

7.5.4.1 External Activities Subcommittee

The activities of the External Activities Subcommittee shall include the following:

a.       Collaborate with computing alliances;

b.       Provide input to public and industrial relations, in particular advertising, marketing, and branding;

c.        Build relations with IEEE USA;

d.       Participate in global activities;

e.        Interact with technical committees and special technical communities;

f.        Contribute to educational conference offerings  (identify the IEEE Computer Society Frontiers in Education (FIE) steering committee representatives and other committee membership as required; represent the IEEE Computer Society's interests in the operations of the FIE and other educational conferences in which the IEEE Computer Society is involved); and

g.        Organize and administer competitions (organization and administration of the competitions of the IEEE Computer Society that are in support of educational programs or public perception of computing)

 

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