Division of Distance Learning's 2018 Conference Call for Proposals

The Division of Distance Learning (DDL) is focused on a wide range of distance learning issues, strategies and technologies as a means of addressing the educational needs of distance learning users. The DDL encourages proposals of disciplined research inquiry, best practices, as well as practitioner-oriented proposals. Distance learning embraces fully online and blended learning, virtual high schools and universities, multi-user and personal learning virtual environments, and web and video conferencing.

Examples of presentation topics within distance learning environments include blogging, podcasting, online gaming, effective instructional design, successful instructional strategies, student success, faculty development, enhancing motivation, online collaboration, online social and learning interaction, online program and degree development, mentoring, research, theory, policy, evaluation, management and other important topics of interest to DDL members. Proposals can be intended for administrators, instructors, designers and learners.

Convention Theme - In addition, as this year’s convention theme is Learning for All we encourage proposals that address what may be traditionally underrepresented groups or populations (e.g. - socio-economic level, disabilities, etc.). Proposers should attempt to address this theme in their proposals and highlighting where the proposal addresses this theme.

Proposal Format Types Encouraged:

  • Concurrent Session
  • Poster Session
  • Roundtable Session


  • Accepted - December 18th, 2018 - February 15, 11:59PM (EST), 2018
  • Proposals are Due – February 15th, 11:59PM (EST)(There will be no deadline extension.)
  • Reviews - The review process will be completed by the end of April.

Proposal Process

To be considered, a complete proposal must be submitted. You will want to have these things ahead of time. A complete online proposal submission consists of:
  1. Presentation title
  2. Description of the session (Maximum of 75 words)
  3. An Anonymous Abstract with clear objectives (750-1,000 words)
  4. Equipment request
  5. List of actual presenters and contributors to your presentation.

In addition, research-based proposals should include findings in order to be considered complete.

For more information regarding submitting proposals to the Division of Distance Learning contact: Victoria Lowell at vllowell@purdue.edu