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Special session guidelines

Special sessions are intended to be creative, non-traditional, interactive ways to engage engineering and computing education professionals in the frontiers of education. These sessions are ~80 minutes in length and are 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.


Approval Procedure

To be approved to offer a special session, facilitators/authors will need to 1) submit a special session proposal abstract (800-1000 words) via the conference submission website and 2) if the abstract is approved, submit a paper (4-6 pages) that provides sufficient detail to give attendees a sense of what to expect during the session and motivate them to attend.


The initially submitted proposal abstract 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, the facilitators/authors will be invited to submit a full paper draft that conforms to the required IEEE format for the conference. This full paper will undergo a more thorough, second round of peer review. Following the second round of peer-review, facilitators/authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection and any final requested edits prior to final paper submission. Please see the conference website for a list of relevant deadlines.


Expected Content

Both the special session proposals abstracts (800-1000 words) and the full paper (4-6 pages) must include each of the following elements. An approximate word count for each section of a proposal abstract is provided and can be scaled for the full paper, if accepted.

  • 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 description of special session, including the topics/subjects/content of the session in the context of the relevant literature (approximately 200-300 words)
  • a justification for why the proposed session is novel and/or thought provoking (approximately 100 words)
  • an explanation of the interaction expected during the session and a session agenda that includes details and approximate time allotted for each activity, up to 80 minutes total (approximately 150 words)
  • a description of the expected outcomes, and future work as a result of this session (approximately 50 words)
  • brief biographies describing the expertise of the facilitators/speakers/panelists/organizers (approximately 100 words)


Additional Information

  • All organizers and presenters in panels and special sessions are expected to register for and participate in the full 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).
  • Papers should adhere to the required IEEE formatfor the conference. Templates are available on the conference website.


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Important dates


February 14, 2022
Abstract Submission Deadline

March 7, 2022
All Acceptance Communications

April 25, 2022 (Extended deadline)
Preliminary Paper, Special Session and Panel Summary Papers, and Workshop Outlines, Submission Deadline​

June 10, 2022
Notification of Paper Revision Requirements and Final SSPCW Acceptance Communication

July 5, 2022 (Extended deadline)
Revised Paper Submission (major revisions)

July 18, 2022 (Extended deadline)
Peer Review Final Acceptance Communication

August 1, 2022 (Extended deadline)
Final Camera-Ready Paper Submission & Copyright Deadline

October 8-11, 2022