Please review the details below before submitting your presentation proposal. 


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This year we continue to adjust and refine our session types, and ask that you carefully review the descriptions below before submitting a proposal. 

1. Conversation, Not Presentation (45 minutes)

These 45-minute facilitated conversations should propose an issue, challenge, or idea pertinent to the track description to discuss with participants. Presenters bring about a few key points to lead the discussion around this topic; however, facilitation and shared exploration by the group is the focus of this interactive session. The audience may even help solve the dilemma or explore the topic you present. Your proposal should include the conversation topic and engaging questions for discussion.

Note: These presentations will be “slide-free” or single-slide proposals.

An archivist will capture the group discussions in a Google Doc for further use by attendees.

Be sure to make a plan for assistive technology or accommodations for folks that rely on slide decks (handouts, etc.). The Diversity & Inclusion committee is available to provide support if needed. Email if you would like to request assistance from the Diversity & Inclusion committee. 

2. Educate and Reflect Session  (30 minute presentation, 5 minute individual reflection, and 10 minutes group Q&A)

To inform and educate your audience, proposals will include a 30-minute presentation in which you share information related to one of the conference proposal tracks, followed by 5 minutes for quiet individual reflection, and then ending with a 10-minute Q&A and group discussion.

In your proposal, detail how your will structure the 10-minute Q&A/group discussion.

Note: strong preference for proposals that include unique strategies for engaging the audience.

3. Emerging Ideas (45 min., repeated in 10-15 avg increments)

Proposals should include a plan for a brief (10-15 minutes maximum, repeated to attendees over a 45 minute time period) electronic presentation designed to elicit ideas from your peers. Topics can include works in progress, research ideas, collaboration opportunities, or pilot projects. These sessions are a great opportunity to present your ideas to your peers in a community forum.

We will provide a small table for your laptop and power to the table. You will also have wireless Internet access, so that should an attendee want to delve further into your session topic with you, websites and other information can be easily accessed by you.  Computer audio in presentations is not recommended in this format due to concurrent presentations in this location.

Emerging Ideas presenters are encouraged to develop a 5-10 point slide deck or related content to share with colleagues to share with groups visiting the Emerging Ideas tables through the session.

Emerging Ideas presenters are encouraged to develop take-aways (either digital or paper) for attendees which summarize, or provide additional details and resources relating to their projects.

4. Innovation Lab (45 minutes)

These labs are designed to highlight applied teaching, learning, management, and research for learning, all within an active learning space, design studio and collaborative makerspace. Encompassing the spirit of an education session, a conversation and a hands-on demo, the Innovation Labs sessions should be comprised of the following segments:

  • Discussion: a 5-minute facilitated, quick-start conversation to kick off the lab session

    • i.e. – The facilitator asks those present in the lab how they actively engage learners in the instructional process.

  • Demonstration: a 20-minute presentation or interactive demo

    • i.e. – The facilitator shares a brief overview of a few active learning strategy examples and splits the participants into Jigsaw teams to provide guided examples of what each of these strategies looks like.

  • Innovation: a 20-minute lab session for participants to process, discuss and apply the concepts and practices shared

    • i.e. – Teams present findings and reflect on practical application in their own instructional context.

These focused “show and tell” sessions will highlight a specific pedagogical strategy, technological tool, research method, design-thinking, industry innovation, or leadership approach designed for participants to learn more about, experiment with, and implement immediately for all skill levels.  Presenters are encouraged to leave participants with a takeaway, which could be a tangible resource or even a call to action.

Proposals for an Innovation Lab session should address the following questions:

  • How will participants work collaboratively to prototype a meaningful solution to a particular problem using design thinking?
  • What is an applicable deliverable with which participants will leave the session?
  • How will the session assist participants to identify emerging trends in educational technology and their potential uses?

5. Workshop (90 minutes)

Proposals for this session type should be interactive, 90-minute workshops designed to engage a group of participants in an activity related to one of the conference tracks. Non​-​traditional, cutting-edge ​interactive workshops that are forward thinking are desired. Example topics for Workshop may relate to innovations in design thinking, makerspaces, conducting educational research in online and digital learning, designing hands-on, experiential online activities and labs, removing barriers to online learning, and other related topics of interest aligned with this year’s tracks.

Workshops should be designed with 2-4 meaningful and measurable participant learning outcomes (LOs) with opportunities explicitly outlined by the presenters showcasing collaborative and/or interactive group activities​ that will be used during the session to achieve stated learning goals​.

Proposals for workshops should clearly address the following questions for reviewers:

  • ​What are the explicit participant learning outcomes for the workshop?
  • What types of collaboration or interactivity will occur during the workshop with the instructor-participants and within the participant-to-participant group themselves?​ Please outline time allotments for any presentation vs. interactivity (i.e., 15 minute presentation; 65 minute interactive workshop; 10 minute Q & A).
  • How will workshop participants be able to apply the effective practices shared in the workshop at their home institution?
  • Who do you envision as the primary audience types who would get the most out of this session and why do you believe they will benefit?
  • What activities, take-aways, and/or activities will your workshop participants engage in that make your workshop unique, innovative, and relevant to the OLC Innovate 2019 themes and track you have selected?
  • What materials are required for the presenters, and what materials are required of those in attendance? This must be clearly outlined within the proposal submission.

Presenters must provide an opportunity for questions, answers, and/or whole or small group discussion within the course of the workshop and must describe how this element will be used to best engage participants. Elements of the workshop may be flipped to extend the amount of time participants can engage with the workshop content. Sessions that​ ​offer the opportunity to earn a​ ​credential, badge, or certificate are encouraged.

Workshops are offered free to all participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that computers are not provided for this or any session at OLC Innovate; therefore, all sessions are designated at BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his/her own laptop/device and must specify in advance what device and/or software requirements (i.e., mobile device or laptop required for participation, required apps for full participation) are expected of participants attending the workshop. The program committee reserves the right to change a workshop’s proposed presentation type if another is deemed more appropriate for engagement and participation given its content.

Competition for workshop slots is highly competitive at Innovate 2019. Please understand that you may be considered for an alternative format session instead of a workshop at the workshop chair’s discretion.

6. Career Forum Roundtable (45 minutes)

Proposals for a 45 minute roundtable discussion should address the following questions: 

  • What specific EdTech career issue, challenge or opportunity will the proposed Career Forum address? (The proposal should lead with a clear statement of an issue, challenge or opportunity of significance.)
  • Who is the target audience for this Career Forum? [Example target audiences might include faculty (full-time and adjunct) at varying stages of their careers, university administrators, instructional design professionals, consultants, and entrepreneurs.]
  • What major discussion points will be covered? Do these points reflect contemporary EdTech trends and issues? Do they connect with current workforce innovation trends or opportunities? [A brief discussion protocol would be useful to include.]
  • What specific career-related takeaways (e.g., lessons learned, resources) will the Career Forum attendees glean from their participation?


7. Graduate Student Emerging Ideas Session

Proposals for Graduate Student Emerging Ideas Sessions can include works in progress, research ideas, collaboration opportunities, or pilot projects. Emerging Ideas Sessions provide an excellent opportunity to present your ideas to your peers in a community forum.

We seek submissions by students currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within one year) from a Graduate (Master or Doctoral) program whose research is relevant to online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. To be considered for the review process, students must indicate an academic sponsor from their program (research/thesis advisor preferred), including full contact information for both the student and the sponsor/advisor. (It is often the case that the student and advisor submit as co-authors.) In addition, the proposal submission must follow the criteria of the OLC Innovate 2018 conference sessions. Student authors are urged to coordinate with their advisor that the content for the proposal reflects the accuracy of the research study, as well as to ensure the proposal follows the submission guidelines.

Be sure to review the detailed Graduate Student Emerging Ideas Session page before submitting your proposal. 

The following rubric will be used to evaluate all proposals in the refereed proposal review process.

  • Do the title and abstract clearly describe the session?
  • Is the proposed topic timely and/or appropriate?
  • What are the session outcomes?
  • Will this session positively contribute to the conference and to the field?
  • Are the format and session type selected for the presentation the most appropriate to the topic and format of the presentation?
  • Is the session designed to be interactive and engage the audience?
  • Are you sharing research data or assessment information during the session?
  • Did you address the specific criteria outlined for each session type? 

Specific Criteria:

Note: Submissions undergo a three-stage review process: 1) peer review (double-blind); 2) track chair review; 3) program committee review. 

During the review process, reviewers are also asked to indicate whether or not your proposal meets Effective Practice criteria and would be a good candidate for EP submission. We encourage, but do not require, Effective Practice submissions from conference presenters.  EP submissions from conference presenters will be eligible for Effective Practice Awards selection; awards will be presented onsite at the conference. With regard to effective practices, reviewers will consider proposals in light of this question:

  • Does this proposal include all 5 of the following elements: innovation, replicability, impact, evidence and scope?

If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to:

  • Register for the conference and pay the published fees.
  • Edit all materials used in your session.
  • Transmit your PowerPoint Slides, Handout (PDF files), data charts, or other presentation materials to the conference management system by the deadline of March 20, 2019.
  • Submissions to the Research track may be eligible to submit their full research manuscript for consideration for the OLC Online Learning Journal.
  • Proposals due by 11:59pm ET September 26, 2018 (extended from September 12)
  • Notification of acceptance by November 28, 2018
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is December 12, 2018
  • Deadline for presenters to register is February 6, 2016
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is February 6, 2019
  • Final presentation upload date is March 20, 2019

Note: The following standard audiovisual equipment will be provided in each room: data projector equipped with a universal VGA cable or HDMI cable (TBD) to accommodate both PC and Macintosh platforms, an Internet connection, and a screen. 

Breakout rooms will have screens that are set up for 16:9 presentations, but either 4:3 or 16:9 can be accommodated (subject to change upon further discussions with the onsite AV team). (Note: Presenters should plan to provide their own computer equipment or other specialized equipment).  Microphones will be supplied as needed in larger rooms.

If your presentation is accepted, you are strongly encouraged to post it as link or a pdf or PowerPoint file to the conference management system by March 20, 2019. The contributions will remain online as part of the conference materials after the conference. Materials will be available on your session detail page for conference attendees. Session abstracts and information about the presenters also will be included on the site.

IMPORTANT:  Presenters will be provided instructions on how to upload their presentation materials to the conference management system at a later date (after acceptance of proposals).

Companies and vendors provide value to OLC Conferences through program presentations, exhibits and sponsorships.  Vendors may submit presentations in any of the program tracks or presentation formats:

  1. Academic Presentations:
  • Vendors are encouraged to submit with institutional partners, but any individual or group may submit papers to the traditional academic presentation track for presentation. Presentations must be non-commercial, and focus specifically on the track topics.  Presentation content will be reviewed by the conference committee as part of the regular review process.   Presentations must contribute new knowledge to the field through the presentation of original research or applications.  Presentations of an academic nature should be submitted through the call for papers system.
  • Vendors will be limited to one proposal where they lead the presentation.
  1. Industry Showcase Presentations:
  • A limited number of Industry Showcase presentations are established as part of the conference program schedule to allow sponsors/exhibitors to make presentations on their products and services during the conference.
  • Industry Showcase presentations may include submissions to the CFP system that are moved from academic tracks in the CFP system to the Industry Showcase schedule at the recommendation of the Program co-chairs.
  • Industry Showcase proposals from sponsors and exhibitors may be submitted through our Industry Showcase form as part of the sponsorship/exhibit process. Showcase proposals will be reviewed by the Director, Conferences, and conference chairs for approval of content. Sessions submitted using a non-exhibiting vendor presenter will be declined.
  • National and Gold sponsors are guaranteed an Industry Showcase presentation slot. Remaining Industry Showcase slots are assigned to Silver and Exhibitor levels on a space available basis in order of abstract submission received.
  • These sessions are distinctly marked as Industry Showcase presentations in conference materials including the program book, website and room signage. This includes language that these presentations may include some sales promotional language in them.