Special sessions provide an opportunity for SIGCSE community members to customize and experiment with the SIGCSE conference format. Special sessions should NOT replicate existing SIGCSE session formats (i.e., panels, paper presentations, and poster sessions). They are scheduled in standard conference spaces. Within these constraints, authors may design a format that meets their sessions goals.
For example, a special session might be a tutorial or seminar, a committee report, a curricular or accreditation forum, a rapid-fire sequence of five-minute talks, or a hands-on demo of dance moves proven to improve retention of CS material.
Possible topic areas include management of large classes, projects and assignments, teaching computer science in K-12, experiments on collaborative learning, report of an ACM committee addressing issues at two-year colleges, or special issues arising when teaching computing outside of North America.
Special session proposal review is NOT blind. Criteria used in reviewing the proposals will include the likely level of interest in the session and the suitability and feasibility of the proposed format to its topic. If the proposal is accepted, all presenters listed in the special session description will be required to register for the conference and to participate in the session.
SIGCSE special session proposals are reviewed using EasyChair. Authors submit a special session proposal by Friday, August 31, 2018. Assigned reviewers submit their anonymous reviews through EasyChair by the review deadline (Wednesday, September 19, 2018), making a recommendation along with a rationale using the conference review form in EasyChair. Each proposal is assigned to at least three reviewers.
For a typical special session proposal, here are some key factors to include (as an author) and to look for (as a reviewer):