OOPSLA 2008 Tutorials Call for Proposals

Important Dates


This call for papers is an invitation to submit proposals for top quality tutorials for OOPSLA 2008. OOPSLA will be held this year in Nashville, TN from October 19-23, 2008.

OOPSLA attracts a unique mix of academics and practitioners who are interested in a wide variety of topics relating to programming techniques, languages, and development methodologies.

OOPSLA tutorials are half-day classes, taught by experts, designed to help software professionals rapidly come up to speed on a specific technology or methodology. Tutorials can be lecture-oriented or participatory.

About OOPSLA Tutorials

OOPSLA tutorials are half-day sessions consisting of two 90-minute blocks separated by a 30-minute break. Tutorial rooms are equipped with a laptop projector; attendees are provided with handouts, to be prepared by presenters several months in advance.

OOPSLA tutorial attendees deserve the highest standard of excellence in tutorial preparation and delivery. Tutorial presenters are typically experts in their chosen topic and experienced speakers skilled in preparing and delivering educational presentations. When selecting tutorials, we will consider the presenter’s knowledge of the proposed topic and past success at teaching it.

Many tutorials use a traditional lecture style, with a series of slides that pace or keep stride with the speaker. An increasing number of tutorials use formats that involve attendees more actively, such as presentations that:

We encourage the submission of tutorials that will teach in a non-traditional format. As with traditional techniques, your submission should cite previous successes at teaching using the format that you propose.

Each delivered tutorial is compensated in two ways, which can be apportioned among the presenters as they see fit:

Presenters are encouraged to stay for the entire conference.

Submission and Selection Process

Tutorial proposals will be submitted electronically through the OOPSLA submission system. Submitted proposals may be modified up until the submission deadline. The tutorials committee will evaluate all tutorial proposals.

The tutorials committee consists of practitioners and researchers from industry and academia. When evaluating proposals, the committee will consider:

While proposals are due March 19, the committee may read early proposals and work with the submitters to refine proposals that would benefit from additional information or small changes in content or format.

Accepted tutorials become part of the OOPSLA 2008 Tutorial Program and are described in the Advance Program using the abstract provided in the proposal.

OOPSLA may cancel accepted tutorials prior to the conference if there is not sufficient attendee interest.

Note: If a Tutorial is canceled for any reason and at any time by OOPSLA, the Tutorial presenter will receive the complimentary conference registration (one individual) but will NOT receive the stipend.

Submission Contents

Each tutorial submission requires the following:

  • Title. Choosing a good title can be more challenging than you might think! The title will serve as the first synopsis of your tutorial – it is important to choose a short title that accurately describes your tutorial and motivates potential attendees to at least read the abstract.
  • Abstract. A 200-word (maximum) description of the tutorial, which will appear in the OOPSLA Advance Program. This is your advertisement to (and contract with) participants, who will decide whether or not to take this tutorial based largely on this information. Attendees will also rate your tutorial based on whether you delivered on the promises made in the Abstract.
  • Keywords. Along with the Abstract, these keywords help us to understand better the main topics of the submission and to choose appropriate reviewers.
  • Presenters. For each presenter, include name, e-mail address, affiliation, address, and a brief biography listing their expertise and experience with the subject. If there are multiple presenters, please clearly designate the contact person for the tutorial.
  • Level. Is your tutorial directed at Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level participants?
  • Attendee background. Briefly describe the knowledge attendees must or should have in order to benefit from this tutorial.
  • Tutorial objectives. This should mirror the abstract, but without the advertising element. Explain what knowledge and capabilities the attendee will gain by attending this tutorial.
  • Presentation format. Will this tutorial be a slide-based lecture, a hands-on exercise, a group problem-solving session, a game, some combination of these, or something else? Will participants be working on their laptops?
  • Scheduling constraints. If the presenters have any constraints on when they can present the tutorial, these should be listed. These can refer to specific days or to other OOPSLA activities to which the presenters are committed.
  • Can repeat? Are you willing to repeat the presentation of this tutorial if there is sufficient demand?
  • Tutorial presentation history. A summary of the tutorial's presentation history, if it has been presented previously. If it is a new tutorial, simply indicate that it is new.
  • Target audience. Indicate the audience(s) who will most benefit from this tutorial: researchers, practitioners, managers, educators, and/or others. If you check "others", please explain in the Remarks field.
  • Status. The current status of the material covered by this tutorial. You must, at minimum, indicate one of the following:
  • URL with additional info. If you have additional information about the material contained in the tutorial available on the web, please include a URL for this web site.
  • Examples

    Below are some examples of four portions of a tutorial proposal: Abstract, Objectives, Attendee Background section, and Presentation Format. We provide these as good examples of the requested information. (No endorsement of the topic or content is implied; they are merely for illustration.)

    Example Abstracts:
    Example Objectives:
    Example Presentation Formats:
    Example Backgrounds:

    For More Information

    For additional information, clarifications, or answers to questions, please contact the Tutorials Chair, Shail Arora, at tutorials@oopsla.org.

    It is important that you contact the chair if you have special requirements for equipment, room set-up, or limitations on attendance. These can be expensive and can affect the likelihood of acceptance.