CGEMS: Computer Graphics Educational Materials Source

CGEMS_LogoBuilt by and for the computer graphics educational community, CGEMS — Computer Graphics Educational Materials Source — is a respected peer-viewed resource meant to spread educational excellence in Computer Graphics, Digital Arts, and Media.

Please note: this resource is currently off-line.
Stay tuned for updates!

The Computer Graphics Materials Source (CGEMS) is a peer-reviewed online repository publishing curricula, course modules and syllabi, lab notes, problem sets, teaching gems, and student work. It is a continued, joint effort of the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee and Eurographics Education Board to offer peer recognition in computer graphics education and to make available excellent, ready-to-use teaching materials – worldwide and for free, ensured by Creative Commons licensing. Each material is documented with educational goals, methodology, and assessment, and undergoes critique by long-term educators, professionals, and artists.

CGEMS Editor in-chief:

Joaquim Jorge (jaj_at_immi.inesc-id.pt)

CGEMS Web Address:

http://cgems.inesc.pt

Community Building

CGEMS addresses the needs of teachers and practitioners in a mature, yet still evolving and reinventing field — namely to keep abreast of progress with quality, state of-the-art curricular resources in a timely manner. The platform supports submitting, reviewing and archiving curricular resources, by the community, from the community, to the community.

The project represents the latest approach in building the worldwide CG education community. The working group uses it as springboard to further investigate ways to define and encourage interaction in the community across the diverse disciplines. Activities range from creating collaboration technology to developing methods that actually spur collaboration and foster creativity to creating opportunities of making rich connections that further the field.

Educators in the graphics field first assembled in the 80’s in a series of SIGGRAPH workshops and activities related to CG education. During the Eurographics/SIGGRAPH Workshop on Graphics and Visualization in Education (GVE’99) held in Coimbra, participants expressed the need for exchanging and archiving their educational work [GVE’99]. Three years later, attendees at the CGE’02 workshop in Bristol began working out the CGEMS concept, which finally led to a journal-like online system.

The system was refined during subsequent SIGGRAPH working group meetings and the CGE’04 workshop in Hangzhou and came on stream after SIGGRAPH 2004. After having gathered operational experiences with the first CGEMS submissions. a user survey took place after SIGGRAPH 2005. Based on its results, the submission categories were extended and matching authoring guidelines were developed – together with submission examples. An annual competition was launched in 2006.

While in the first years nearly all materials were rejected, 6 of 11 were published in 2007 and 6 of 8 in 2008 (as at July 2008). Submissions generally require fewer revisions. CGEMS seems to grow a common sense of what makes good educational work in the field, and whether it can really be shared and applied in other educational setups.

Call For Materials

We encourage members of the CG community to publish course innovations in the CGEMS.

http://cgems.inesc.pt

We are collecting educational material showcasing the best examples of teaching in Computer Graphics and Digital Arts. If you have developed valuable content in the field - publish it at CGEMS and shape your academic identity!

We consider material in the following categories:

  • Complete Module: A self-contained, single-topic teaching unit.
  • Problem Set: Student assignments with underlying rational and structure.
  • Teaching Gem: Innovative bits of teaching material that highlight an approach to teaching a particular problem.
  • Curriculum: The body of knowledge of a specific curriculum with knowledge areas, units, and exemplary topics.
  • Course Syllabus: Annotated sequence of course units with requirements and student readings. New category!

Authoring guidelines, templates, and submission examples are available at http://cgems.inesc.pt

Best Classroom Materials

CGEMS best materials at SIGGRAPH 2007

CGEMS best materials at SIGGRAPH 2008

Publications

Fostering the CG Online Community
Frederico C. Figueiredo, Frank Hanisch, Joaquim A. Jorge, Colleen Case
Proceedings of IADIS International Conference on Web Based Communities 2007 (WBC'07), Salamanca, Spain, February 2007

CGEMS: Année01 - practice and experience with Refereed Ed Materials for CG
Frederico C. Figueiredo, Dena E Eber, Joaquim A. Jorge
Annual Conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics (Eurographics 03), Grenoble, France, September 2004

Building the World-Wide Community of Graphics Educators
Frederico C. Figueiredo, Dena E Eber, Joaquim A. Jorge
The 31th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH 04), Los Angeles, USA, August 2004

Computer Graphics Educational Materials Source: Policies and Status Report
Frederico C. Figueiredo, Dena E Eber, Joaquim A. Jorge
The 31th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH 04), Los Angeles, USA, August 2004

CGEMS - Editorial and Submission Policies
Frederico C. Figueiredo, Dena E Eber, Joaquim A. Jorge
Eurographics/SIGGRAPH Workshop on Computer Graphics Education (CGE04) Hangzhou, China, 2-5 June de 2004

Refereed Digital Publication of Computer Graphics Educational Materials
Frederico C. Figueiredo, Dena E Eber, Joaquim A. Jorge
Computers & Graphics Journal (CAG), Vol.28, Nº 1, Elsevier, February 2004

A Refereed Server for Educational CG content
Frederico C. Figueiredo, Dena E Eber, Joaquim A. Jorge
Annual Conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics (Eurographics 03), University of Granada, Granada, Spain, September 2003

CGEMS - Computer Graphics Educational Materials Server
Frederico C. Figueiredo, Dena E Eber, Joaquim A. Jorge
The 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH 03), San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, July 2003

Proposal for a CG Education content Online Submission and Reviewing System
Sónia A. Assunção, Frederico C. Figueiredo, Joaquim A. Jorge
Eurographics/SIGGRAPH Workshop on Computer Graphics Education (CGE02) University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, July 2002