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  Frequently Asked Questions


Can I submit after the deadline?
No. The deadline is absolute. The Courses Committee is held to a very tight schedule, and there's no room for flexibility.

Can I get a deadline extension? I had a major life event (birth, death, divorce) just two days ago!
No. The deadline is absolute. You may, of course, submit the work in its current form by the deadline, even if it's not the proposal that you'd like it to be.

I'm having an equipment meltdown and the submission deadline is just an hour away! Can I have an extra day to submit my proposal?
No. The deadline is absolute. Equipment failures are common, and SIGGRAPH 2004 cannot adapt its schedule to accommodate them. As SIGGRAPH 2004 has no flexibility in its schedule, you'll need to factor in this possibility when scheduling the time to prepare your proposal.

We're using the SIGGRAPH 2004 English review service, and they didn't get back to us soon enough, so it's SIGGRAPH's fault that my proposal isn't ready. Can I submit late?
No. The deadline is absolute. The English review service makes no guarantees about turnaround, and it's up to you to make contingency plans.


Why do you ask us to describe our intended audience in the Submission Procedure Checklist? Our intended audience is the average SIGGRAPH-conference attendee. That's sufficient detail, right?
No. In fact, there is a wide variety in the attendee population of the SIGGRAPH conference. The more specific you are about who will benefit from your course, the better the committee can evaluate your proposal and place it within the context of the overall program.

My course proposal was accepted last year. Doesn't that mean that it is good enough to be accepted this year?
Good enough probably, but course acceptance is based on a number of factors. The Courses Committee looks at the course offerings as a whole, as well as individual courses. As stated in the introduction to the Courses Call for Participation, some preference will be given to new courses. If your course was offered in previous years, attendee feedback and attendance may also play a factor. Returning courses will be, in part, evaluated on past performance. If there are compelling reasons for repeating this course, you should clearly state what they are in the rationale section of your proposal. Also, you should be sure to specify what measures you've taken to make sure the course is up to date content-wise and show us how you have addressed any issues identified in the attendee feedback.

We've given our course before, and we've made some amazing progress with our work since that time. Should we submit this year?
Absolutely! We are interested in a Courses program that represents maturation, innovation, and invention. Be sure to clearly state the advances in your work in the rationale section of your proposal.

Our course proposal is for beginning/intermediate/advanced material. We heard that SIGGRAPH is no longer interested in courses that deal with beginning/intermediate/advanced material. Is that correct?
Not at all. The Courses Committee is interested in presenting a balanced and interesting program that will appeal to the wide range of SIGGRAPH 2004 attendees.

We have our syllabus pretty well in order, and it's almost deadline time. But we haven't had much time to devote to our course notes. Will that be a problem?
Yes. A course is about what is presented at the conference as well as the materials that are available to those who cannot attend. If your examples of course notes are not top notch, they you put your proposal at a disadvantage. A description of course notes that the committee frequently sees is "slides of the presentation and bibliography." Such a description does not give a reviewer anything to work with and will put you at a distinct disadvantage during the review process.

We have a great idea for a course that has never been tried out before. Should we bother to submit?
Absolutely! As you can see in the Introduction to the Courses Call for Participation, some preference will actually be given to new courses. We welcome any course that is relevant to computer graphics and interactive techniques. Be sure to clearly state its relevance in the rationale section of your proposal.

The main sections of our syllabus are pretty clear to us, but we haven't assigned any time intervals to them and don't really know who will present what. Is that a problem?
Definitely! Remember that the quality of detail of your proposal will give the reviewers a much better idea of what you intend to teach and how you intend to teach it. Timing, pacing, and presenters' qualifications coupled with content are extremely important for a successful course.

What are quality Course Notes?
Quality course notes are any combination of materials (text ,images, video, pseudo code) that will assist people during your lectures and beyond the classroom. Think about the kind of material you like to receive as a student in any class. Clear examples and explanations of techniques, for example, are always appreciated. Here is a good example of excellent recent Course Notes (12 Mb PDF).

You mention "learning tools." What does that mean?
Learning tools are the content of your course beyond the spoken presentation. They can be any combination of materials (for example, text, images, video, pseudo code, bibliographies, annotated bibliographies, step-by-step examples). You should design your learning tools to assist people both during your lectures and beyond the classroom experience. Think about the kind of content you would hope to receive as a student in any class. A quality proposal will include several types of these materials, as appropriate to the subject matter.

Our Course Notes are completely done. Should we put them all in the download area as part of our submission?
No. A representative sampling of the quality of your notes is all that is required. In fact, a complete set of Course Notes for every submission we receive would only serve to overwhelm the review process.

We have a great idea for a hands-on course, but I don't see a CAL (Creative Applications Lab) for SIGGRAPH 2004. Did we just miss it?
No. There is no CAL in 2004. However, the committee hopes to have a wireless session room that will provide networking.

What's the difference among tutorial, half and full day courses?
Tutorials are short courses. There are three types of courses: full day (seven hours, typically four presenters), half day (3.5 hours, typically two presenters), and tutorial (1.75 hours, typically one presenter).

We have a great course and a great line-up of speakers. Why do only four speakers receive expense reimbursements for a full-day course? We have eight speakers lined up.
Experience demonstrates that having eight speakers in a seven-hour course is a real challenge for maintaining continuity and delivering content. If you decide that eight speakers are essential for your course, then it is up to you to decide which speakers will be reimbursed.

For details on expense reimbursement for course speakers, please see Presenter Recognition Guidelines and Courses Expense Policy.

We know your "real" email address. Is it okay to write you there?
No. Please use the email address provided on the web site. It really helps in keeping track of everything as many people are copied on those messages. The quality of response that you receive will inevitably be higher if you respect this convention.

Our company has a great new product that is of general interest to the SIGGRAPH community. Can we submit the product announcement as a course?
Please don't. It will be rejected, since its topic does not fit any of the categories for submission.


We've been accepted, and now it's time to submit our Course Notes. Unfortunately, we haven't had time to complete everything to the level of the examples that we submitted during the review process. That's okay, right?
No. That's definately not okay. If the examples that you submitted during the post-acceptance process do not match or exceed the quality of your proposal, the Courses Chair may decide to cancel your course.

I'm the organizer for an accepted course, and the deadline to submit our completed Course Notes is fast approaching. Unfortunately, one of my lecturers has not yet submitted notes to me. Can we have an extension?
No. Unfortunately, the deadline for Course Notes is closely tied to publication materials and cannot be extended.
7 January 2004, 5pm Pacific Time.
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