CFP: Rust Education Workshop 2022

Call For Participation

Conference Date: Saturday 20 August 2022
Registration Paper or Talk Proposal Deadline: Tuesday 16 August 2022 (your time)
Registration Statement Deadline: Wednesday 17 August 2022 (your time)

The Rust-Edu Org is pleased to announce the 2022 Rust Education Workshop, a one-day virtual meeting to discuss the future of Rust education. If you are involved with Rust in an educational capacity, or would like to be, we would love to have you participate and share. Lecturers and professors, Rust authors and trainers, developers of tools supporting Rust learning, Rust language developers looking to improve learnability, and anyone trying to expand the scope and quality of Rust learning and teaching are especially welcome.

The Workshop will be recorded for later public viewing; the Workshop Proceedings will be published online.


Topics of interest to us include (but are not limited to):

  • The future of Rust as a language of choice in college CS education. We are particularly interested in the use of Rust as a teaching language in courses that are not directly language related: for example operating systems, networking, or embedded programming. We are also interested in the future potential of Rust as an early CS teaching language.

  • Tool-driven and content-driven methods for improving Rust learning in general: for example tools for improving Rust code understanding, enhancements to existing tools to aid Rust learnability, or Rust teaching and tutoring content and frameworks.

  • Possible enhancements to the Rust language and Rust Project tooling to improve learnability.


Saturday 20 August 2022 07:00 AM Pacific Time

  • Introductions (7:00 - 7:30)

    • 7:00 - 7:10: Intro To Rust-Edu — Massey

    • 7:10 - 7:30: Group Introductions

  • Session 1 - Experiences with Teaching Rust (7:30 - 9:00)

    • 7:30 - 7:50: Imagining Introductory Rust — Bohrer

    • 7:50 - 8:10: Experience Report: Two Semesters of Teaching Rust, Five Programming Assignments for Rust — Fluet

    • 8:10 - 8:30: Paradigm Problems: A Case Study on rebalance — Crichton

    • 8:30 - 9:00: Small + large group discussion

  • Break (9:00 - 9:15)

  • Session 2 - Tools for Teaching Rust (9:15 - 10:45)

    • 9:15 - 9:35: Experiences of Teaching Rust and Code Recommendation To Assist Rust Beginners — Xu

    • 9:35 - 9:55: The Book & Rustlings Adaptation By JetBrains — Bragilevsky

    • 9:55 - 10:15: RustViz: Interactively Visualizing Ownership and Borrowing — Omar

    • 10:15 - 10:45: Group Discussion

  • Long Break (10:45 - 11:30)

  • Session 3 - Rust and OS (11:30 - 12:30)

    • 11:30 - 11:50: The Pluggable Interrupt OS: Writing a Kernel in Rust — Ferrer

    • 11:50 - 12:10: An Online Debugging Tool for Rust-based Operating Systems — Chen, Yu, Li, Wu

    • 12:10 - 12:30: Group Discussion

  • Open-Ended Discussion (12:30 - 1:00)


The Rust Education Workshop is free-of-charge: the price of Workshop attendance is a submission describing your interests. You may submit one of the following:

  • A maximum one-page PDF on a topic broadly related to Rust education. We are calling it a "statement", but it could be an experience report, could advocate something, could describe your interests: really anything relevant goes.

    The statement will be reviewed for suitability and accepted statements will be published as part of the Workshop Proceedings. Statements should have a title and the author(s) name and contact email. We are not too concerned about the format, but it would be good to roughly follow the style of the sample here when preparing the PDF.

  • PDF of slides for a 20-minute proposed talk on a topic related to Rust education. Applicants may be asked to present their talk at the Workshop, as the Workshop schedule permits.

  • A PDF paper of up to five pages to be refereed by the conference organizers. Please use our LaTeX template and start with our sample paper here.

    Applicants of accepted papers will be asked to present a 20-minute talk at the Workshop as above if the Workshop schedule permits. Accepted papers will be published in the Workshop Proceedings.

To participate in the Workshop, please email your name including preferred pronouns, contact information including email and phone number, submission materials, and agreement to abide by the Workshop Code of Conduct (see below) to

By submitting to the Workshop, you agree to grant Rust-Edu an unlimited, non-exclusive, perpetual right to publish and distribute your submission materials.

Program Committee

  • Bart Massey, Portland State University
  • Will Crichton, Brown University
  • Cyrus Omar, University of Michigan

Code of Conduct

Please review the Code of Conduct for this Workshop, borrowed from the RustConf Code of Conduct. Workshop participants are required to abide by the Code of Conduct.