September 7, 2007
Contents of this page
- September 7:
Proposal Submission deadline
- October 29:
- November 3:
Online Title and Presenter Modifications due
- November 21:
Camera-ready copy due
What is a Special Session?
Special sessions are 75 minutes in length and provide a flexible format
for presentations or discussions. For example, a special session
might be a tutorial or seminar to introduce a new topic, a committee
report, a forum on curricular or accreditation issues, or a series
of papers related to a specific theme. Sample topic areas might include
management of large classes, projects and assignments, teaching computer
science in high schools, experiments on collaborative learning, report
of an ACM committee addressing issues at two-year colleges, or special
issues arising when teaching computing outside North America.
Special Session proposal review is not blind. Criteria used in reviewing
the proposals will include the likely level of interest in the topic.
How Should the Proposal be Formatted?
The total proposal is limited to three (3) pages including a
1 page cover sheet and a 2 page description. The
description should conform to
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 session.
- 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.
The 1 page cover sheet must include the
The description of the special session is limited to 2 pages and should
include the following information:
- Overall objective of the session
- Give a brief description that justifies the inclusion
of this presentation as a special session.
- Outline of the session
- Organize by subtopics, activities, or similar scheme.
- If more than one participant is involved, label each
section of the outline with the name of the participant who
will be presenting that section.
- State the intended audience.
- Tell why the proposed special session is important.
- Indicate how much the session will cover and what the
audience should learn. This is particularly important
if your proposed special session is a tutorial.
- If feedback is desired, indicate how it will be
We suggest that you allow at least 40 - 50% of the time for
questions and answers or other interaction with the attendees.
All sessions are 75 minutes in length.
How Do I Submit My Proposal?
Step 1: Write your proposal using the format specified
Step 2: Convert your proposal into Adobe PDF format. Refer
Creating Adobe PDF Documents page
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
Step 4: Make note of the paper ID number and password
assigned to your submission. You will receive an e-mail message
Step 5: After receiving confirmation, go to the
Author Verification Form
to review your submission for accuracy. Send e-mail to
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:
SIGCSE 2008 Panels and Special Sessions Chair