Call for Papers
Important Submission Dates
Dates for notification of acceptance and camera-ready submission can be found on the detail page for each specific submission type.
About The Program
SIGCSE continues our long tradition of bringing together colleagues from around the world to discuss computer science education in both formal and informal settings. The SIGCSE program offers a variety of sessions: papers, panels, posters, special sessions, workshops, birds-of-a-feather, and new this year, lightning talks and demos! The SIGCSE Technical Symposium addresses problems common among educators working to develop, implement and/or evaluate computing programs, curricula, and courses. The symposium provides a forum for sharing new ideas for syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy, at all levels of instruction.
Submissions in line with the conference theme, Keep Connected – Keep Committed – Keep Computing, are encouraged. The theme is a call for all of us to make sure that our efforts in this field keep us moving in the right directions. We need to keep connected with each other for the sharing of ideas. We want our students to be connected to each other and to us to help further their educational experience. We need to keep our focus and commitment on the efforts we are pursuing to further computing education. And most importantly we need to keep our students committed to the field so that they will keep computing.
We are particularly interested in keeping our community connected with interesting educational efforts in upper level courses, open-source software, outreach, and education research. We continue our commitment to the inclusion of a wide-variety of submissions in the program that span the spectrum from experience reports to rigorous educational studies. We are excited for you to be a part of showing our community why we all need to keep computing.
The CFP for the SIGCSE 2015 symposium was last updated July 2, 2014. We have a PDF version of this document as well.
Preparing Your Submissions
Papers describe an educational research project, classroom experience, teaching technique, curricular initiative, or pedagogical tool. Submitted papers for review will be anonymous. Papers will undergo a blind reviewing process; accepted papers will need to submit a non-anonymous version for publication in the proceedings after acceptance.
Panels present multiple perspectives on a specific topic. To allow each panelist sufficient time to present his or her perspective and still enable audience participation, a panel will normally have at most four panelists, including one moderator. Panel submissions should include a list of the panelists, their affiliations, and a description of the topic, with brief position statements from panelists. Proposals with more than four panelists must provide a statement connecting the extra panelist to the effectiveness of the panel and must convincingly show that each panelist will be able to speak, and the audience able to respond, within the session time.
Special sessions are your opportunity to customize and experiment with the SIGCSE conference format. Possible special sessions include a seminar on a new topic, a committee report, or a forum on curriculum issues. More generally, they must be 75 minutes in length, held in standard conference spaces, and justifiably be distinct from the panel, paper, and poster tracks. Within those constraints, the form is yours to design. Special session abstracts must not exceed two pages.
Workshops offer participants opportunities to learn new techniques and technologies designed to foster education, scholarship, and collaborations. A workshop proposal should be 3 pages (including title page). Proposals must specify equipment needs (e.g., participant-supplied laptops, room configurations, network requirements, and A/V equipment) and any limitation on the number of participants. Workshops are scheduled for a three-hour session and do not conflict with the technical sessions.
The conference provides an opportunity for a limited number of pre-symposium events that will take place on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015. In the past, these events have included activities like workshops conducted by industry partners, computing education community roundtables, or mentoring sessions for new faculty. However, there are no specific criteria for the topics and/or format of these events.
Research from all areas of computer science is considered for awards in two categories of competition: graduate and undergraduate. All graduate submissions must represent a student's individual research contribution however undergraduate submissions may represent either an individual or team research contribution. All students listed as authors must be ACM members to qualify for awards and travel grants.
Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions provide an environment for colleagues with similar interests to meet for informal discussions. They are often arranged as roundtable discussions, but can be any activity that brings people together to engage and get to know one-another. A/V equipment will not be provided for these sessions.
Posters describe computer science education materials or research, particularly works in progress. Poster sessions are scheduled to permit one-on-one discussion with conference attendees, typically during session breaks. Prepared handouts are encouraged in order to share your work.
Lightning talks describe works in progress, new and untested ideas, or opportunities for collaborative work. The purpose of a lightning talk can be to start a discussion, find collaborators, or receive input and critique about an idea. Lightning talk presentations will be 5 minutes each and given without media/slide support.
Demos provide a way to showcase an educational tool or project in a live setting. Not designed to be sales pitches, demonstrations are a way for the community to see the relevance, potential and innovation of the tool and allow time for discussion with its creator. Proposals must specify any power, A/V equipment, space, or other needs. Demos will will occur during break periods at a designated space in the exhibition hall.