Guidelines for Special Sessions

Special sessions are intended to be non-traditional, interactive sessions of either 40 or 80 minutes in length. The number of special sessions offered is limited. These sessions are intended to add value to TALE 2018 conference experience, enhance the experience and knowledge of the session participants, and help advance scholarship, practice, or policy in engineering/technology education and/or educational technology.
Special session proposals of 800-1000 words in length should be submitted via the conference's manuscript management system. They must include the following elements:

  1. Aims/objectives the session, including a description of the target audience and why they would be interested in the session (approx. 100-200 words)

  2. Justification of why the proposed session is novel, timely and/or thought provoking (approx. 100 words)

  3. Explanation of the interaction expected during the session (approx. 100 words)

  4. Description of special session, including the topics/subjects/content of the session (approx. 200-300 words)

  5. Session agenda, including details and time allotted for each activity as well as expected outcomes and/or intended future work resulting from the session (approx. 100 words)


Similar to traditional papers and other proposals for non-traditional sessions, special session proposals will be peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. All organisers and presenters in special sessions are expected to register for and participate in the full conference.


24 Aug 2018         Proposal submission deadline (FINAL EXTENSION)

19 Sep 2018          Notification of proposal review outcomes

01 Oct 2018           Responses to suggestions for modifications or clarifications due, along with preliminary papers to accompany special
                               sessions, if any (Responses and papers are limited to a total of 4 pages)

08 Oct 2018          Final session descriptions, outlines, summaries and accompanying papers (if any) due

08 Oct 2018          Early-bird and presenter registration deadline

04 Dec 2018         Conference opening

Proposal Submission

Proposals should be saved in PDF format and submitted via the conference's online submission system, Conftool. Please note that submissions cannot be accepted via email.

Important Dates

16 Apr 2018

First-time author OPTIONAL  submission (CLOSED)


15 May 2018

Feedback to first-time authors (COMPLETE)

24 Aug  2018

Paper subsmission deadline (EXTENDED)

17 Aug 2018

Notification of review outcomes


01 Oct 2018

Camera-ready papers due

08 Oct 2018

Early-bird and presenter registration deadline

04 Dec 2018

Conference opening

04 Dec 2018

05 Dec 2018

06 Dec 2018

07 Dec 2018 

Pre-Conf Workshops + Opening + Welcome Reception

Main Technical Program + Conf Dinner

Main Technical Program + Closing Ceremony

Social Program (optional tours)

Bronze Sponsors

GOLD Sponsor

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