Learning from OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad

Dominique Estival, John Henderson, Mary Laughren, Diego Mollá, Cathy Bow, Rachel Nordlinger, Verna Rieschild, Andrea C. Schalley, Alexander W. Stanley, Colette Mrowa-Hopkins

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Abstract

The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) started in 2008 in only two locations and has since grown to a nationwide competition with almost 1500 high school students participating in 2013. An Australian team has participated in the International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO) every year since 2009. This paper describes how the competition is run (with a regional First Round and a final National Round) and the organisation of the competition (a National Steering Committee and Local Organising Committees for each region) and discusses the particular challenges faced by Australia (timing of the competition and distance between the major population centres). One major factor in the growth and success of OzCLO has been the introduction of the online competition, allowing participation of students from rural and remote country areas. The organisation relies on the good-will and volunteer work of university and school staff but the strong interest among students and teachers shows that OzCLO is responding to a demand for linguistic challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages35-41
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781937284695
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAnnual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (51st : 2013) : Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing (4th : 2013) - Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 9 Aug 20139 Aug 2013

Workshop

WorkshopAnnual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (51st : 2013) : Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing (4th : 2013)
CitySofia, Bulgaria
Period9/08/139/08/13

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