Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

SIGSCE 2008
March 12-15, 2008 • Portland, Oregon, USA

Panel Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: September 7, 2007

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Important Dates

  • September 7:  Proposal Submission deadline
  • October 29:  Presenter Notification
  • November 3:  Online Title and Presenter Modifications due
  • November 21:  Camera-ready copy due

What is a Panel?


Panel sessions provide an opportunity for expert panel members to present their views on a specific topic and then to discuss these views among themselves and with the audience. Panel sessions run for 75 minutes. Usually a panel session starts with a brief introduction of the panel topic and the participants, followed by short presentations by the panelists giving their views. The session must allow sufficient opportunity (about 30 minutes) for an interactive question and answer period involving both the panelists and the audience.

A typical panel will consist of four participants, including the moderator. Limiting a panel to 4 participants allows sufficient time for audience questions. Proposals with more than four panelists must convincingly show that all panelists will be able to speak, and the audience able to respond, within the session time.

Panel proposal review is not blind. Criteria used in reviewing the proposals include the likely level of interest of the topic, the presence of panel members with multiple perspectives on the topic, and the likelihood that the panel will leave sufficient time for audience participation.


How Should the Proposal be Formatted?


The proposal is limited to two (2) pages that conform to the Panels section of the SIGCSE 2008 Format Instructions with the following modifications and exceptions:

  • Do not include an abstract. Instead, the first section should be titled Summary and should provide a summary of the panel written by the moderator.
  • Subsequent sections should contain the position statements of each panelist. Title each section by identifying the author.
  • References where appropriate are encouraged, but not required. If they are included, they should be placed in a separate section titled References and should follow the formatting guidelines.

How Do I Submit My Proposal?


Electronic Submissions:


Step 1: Write your proposal using the format specified above.

Step 2: Convert your proposal into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page for assistance.

Step 3: Submit the PDF version of your proposal using the online Submission Form. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your documents because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!

Step 4: Make note of the paper ID number and password assigned to your submission. You will receive an e-mail message confirmation.

Step 5: After receiving confirmation, go to the Author Verification Form to review your submission for accuracy. Send e-mail to Lisa Meeden meeden@cs.swarthmore.edu if there are any problems. Warning! Several authors have reported problems viewing their PDF files using Internet Explorer. If you experience similar problems, it is best to download the file and use Acrobat Reader directly.

Deadline: All electronic submissions must be received by September 7, 2007.


Questions? Please contact:


Lisa Meeden
SIGCSE 2008 Panels and Special Sessions Chair
meeden@cs.swarthmore.edu