Division of Distance Learning's 2018 Conference Call for Proposals

The Division of Distance Learning (DDL) focuses on a wide range of distributed learning issues, including strategies and technologies as a means of addressing educational needs of distance learning users and stakeholders. The DDL encourages proposals of disciplined research inquiry, empirically-based practices, as well as practitioner-oriented viewpoints. Distance learning encompasses fully online and blended learning, virtual schools and universities, multi-user and personal learning virtual environments, formal and nonformal learning, and web and video conferencing.

This year’s convention theme is Inspired Professional Learning. Inspired Learning Professionals. We encourage proposals that offer opportunities for AECT members to seek out professional development sessions, occasions for improving pedagogical strategies and technical skills, and engage in professional renewal. Authors should attempt to address this theme in their proposals, highlighting where the proposal addresses this theme.

Take this opportunity to connect with your peers! The goal of the convention is for participants from around the world to learn from the experiences and activities of the convention, enriching their professional lives. We are very interested in your research and practice in the field of instructional design and technology.

Examples of presentation topics within distance learning environments include but are not limited to: blogging, podcasting, online gaming, instructional design, 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 should focus on a group or combination of groups often identified in distance learning environments, such as instructors, learners, administrators, researchers, designers, multimedia specialists, project managers, industry, military, Higher Ed, and K12.

Proposal Dates and Deadlines

  1. Submission portal opens – December 18th, 2018
  2. Submission portal closes February 18, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST
    (NOTE - There will be no deadline extension.)
  3. Reviews – February-April 2019
  4. Notifications – By April 30, 2019

Proposal Process

Completed proposals must be submitted via the online system to be considered for acceptance. You will want to have these items identified and written before entering the online system. This will prevent any issues with lost information during the submission process (e.g., the system timing out for the session or inactivity).  Please note that only an LCD projector is provided; presenters and attendees must supply their own computers.

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 (750-1000 words)
  4. Equipment request
  5. List of presenters and proposal contributors
  6. NOTE: research-based proposals must include findings.

Session Types:

Authors will select one of 6 types of session formats available for presenting.  Session types are described in full detail further below. Descriptions include specific criteria and required guidelines.

Session types include:

  1. Inspire! Sessions
  2. Concurrent Sessions
  3. Panel Sessions
  4. Poster Sessions
  5. Roundtable Sessions

Types of Sessions

Inspire! Sessions
Inspire sessions will focus on professional development opportunities for our members and convention attendees, encouraging professional growth by obtaining new knowledge, skills, or strategies. These sessions will last 50-minutes and should include high engagement between presenters and attendees (e.g., hands-on activities, role-playing, crowdsourcing, collaborative learning, game-based learning, etc.).

Concurrent Sessions
These 25-minute sessions are primarily stand-up presentations with an emphasis on sharing information, such as empirically-based practices and research results. When proposing such a session, make sure to describe how you will engage with and encourage interaction with your audience. Reading slides to your audience is not acceptable. In addition, planners will “bundle” concurrent presentations with another of related content to form one 50-minute session.

Panel discussions focus on vibrant topics of contemporary concern and professional interest. They are a chance to compare and contrast experts’ disciplinary expertise quickly with an active, participating audience. Submissions of this type do not require a designated Facilitator or Panel Chair, but a Chair or organizer is highly recommended to organize vibrant interchange between the panel and the audience. This presentation format will be scheduled into a 50-minute time slot; allowing for 30-minutes of presentation and a minimum of 20 minutes to interact with the audience.

Posters showcase a project, program, process, activity, or similar experience in an informal setting. Posters may be projects that are completed, in progress, or just beginning. A small table and 38”x 36” tri-fold panel are provided to support displays, laptops, and/or handouts. Feedback and insights of colleagues on these innovative developments are especially encouraged. Posters are scheduled simultaneously with Roundtables in multiple large rooms. 

Roundtables encourage small group discussion around specialized topics, with the presenter leading the discussion. This participatory format allows for a highly interactive presentation lasting 50 minutes. Typically, several roundtable discussions happen concurrently in a large open room. You will have your own table, with eight chairs. A moderator will divide the hour into two 25-minute sessions, allowing participants to visit multiple tables during the session.

For more information regarding proposal submission to the Division of Distance Learning please contact:
Rebecca M. Reese rmreese@mines.edu