Special Session Guidelines

Special sessions are intended to be creative, non-traditional, interactive ways to engage in engineering and/or computing education professionals in the frontiers of education. These are ~80 minutes in length; the number of special sessions offered is limited. These sessions intended to be of value to FIE Conference attendees, enhance the experience and knowledge of the session participants and help advance the frontiers of engineering and computing education.

Special Session proposals (approximately 800 to 1000 words in total) must include each of the following elements:

  • goal(s) of the session, including a description of the anticipated audience (community), and why they would be interested in the session (approximately 100-200 words).
  • a justification of why the proposed session is novel and/or thought-provoking (approximately 100 words).
  • an explanation of the interaction expected during the session (approximately 100 words).
  • a description of the special session including the topics/subjects/content of the session (approximately 200-300 words) a session agenda including details and approximate time allotted for each activity, expected outcomes or future work as a result of this session (approximately 100 words).
  • All organizers and presenters in panels and special sessions are expected to register for and participate in the full conference.

The initially submitted proposal for a special session will be reviewed to determine if it is an appropriate fit for the FIE conference. If the proposal passes the first review, it will undergo a more thorough, second round of peer review. For the second round of peer review, the initially submitted proposal should be revised to be a draft conforms to the required IEEE format for the conference.

Additionally, because special sessions are partly evaluated based on the expertise of the facilitators, special session submissions should be prepared for single-blind review (i.e., the authors and affiliations should be identified).


January 19, 2019   –  Initial proposals are due. 

February 4, 2019  –  Authors will be notified of results from the first round of reviews.

March 26, 2019 –  A second draft of the session description, which addresses reviewer comments or concerns, is due. Preliminary papers or letters that address reviewer comments, if any, are also due in the form of an attachment.

June 8, 2019 – Authors are notified about final decisions of acceptance or rejection.

July 9, 2019 – Final session descriptions, outlines, summaries, and accompanying papers are due.