Interactive Session General Guidelines

Submission Instructions

FIE2013 will offer four forms of interactive sessions: Panels, Special Sessions, Mini-Workshops, and Pre-Conference Workshops. Details on each type are given below.

Each of the interactive sessions will be considered for the Helen Plants Award, which is presented to the "most outstanding `nontraditional session' ... to encourage the use of nontraditional approaches to disseminate information at FIE.

These non-traditional, interactive sessions should be designed to fill a 90 minute session slot. Each interactive session organizer will be required to submit a session summary for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Please note that all organizers and presenters in interactive sessions are expected to register for and participate in the full conference.


February 1, 2013   --  Initial proposals are due.

For Special Sessions and Panels, if full papers are to be submitted by presenters, those abstracts also are due Feb. 1, 2013 and the papers will follow the same timeline as other papers.

March 5, 2013  --  Authors will be notified of acceptance, acceptance with suggestions, or rejection of their proposal. 

April 1, 2013  --  Responses to suggestions for modifications or clarifications are due.  Preliminary papers to accompany Panels and Special Sessions, if any, are due.

Papers are limited to 3 pages.

June 1, 2013 – Final session descriptions, outlines, summaries, and accompanying papers are due. 

Reviewing Information

A panel of reviewers who are familiar with non-traditional sessions at FIE will review each proposal. Each panelist will give a score of up to 25 points, as summarized below. At the early March meeting of the Program Committee, the Non-Traditional Sessions Chair will present each proposal and a summary of its evaluations. The Non-Traditional Sessions Chair and the General Chair will make the final decisions on which proposals will be selected.

Criteria for evaluating each proposal (maximum points noted in each category):

  • Goals [4 POINTS]: How well do the goals and session description match the vision/mission/purpose of the FIE conference? How clearly are the goals and session description articulated? How well does the session description support the goals of the session?
  • Alternative learning environments 
    • For Pre-Conference Workshops, Special Sessions, and Mini-workshops [5 POINTS]: To what degree does the proposed session create a learner- centered learning environment that will encourage participation, interaction, and exchange? To what extent might session participants consider using alternate learning environments in their own courses and departments? How well does the learning environment support the goals of the session?
    • For Panels [5 POINTS]: Will the number and experience base of the proposed panelists provide diverse perspectives on the issue? Are the panelists well-qualified for this topic? Will the agenda structure allow audience discussion? 
  • Audience [5 POINTS]: To what degree is the anticipated audience present at FIE? To what degree does the proposed session attempt to appeal to a significant cross-section of the broad FIE audience?
  • Potential effects [5 POINTS]: What is the potential of the session to evoke further work?
  • Value [6 POINTS]: What is the potential value of the session to possible participants?

Questions may be submitted by email to the Interactive Session co-Chair, Susan Walden, at susan.walden at ou dot edu.


Special Sessions


Pre-Conference Workshops