CoTL Proposals

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Call for Proposals

  Submit CoTL Proposal  

All proposals for presentation at CoTL are peer-reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. It is important to ensure that proposals are aligned with the conference theme and are likely to be of interest to the conference participants who are primarily faculty and instructional staff at regional institutions mentioned above.

Presentation Guidelines

▼   Interactive Workshops

50-minute interactive sessions that are designed to give the audience an opportunity to try out a technique, engage in group work around some interesting teaching and learning topic, or learn about and practice a new technology will compose the interactive workshops. The proposal should make clear how the presenter will engage audience members and be clear on what learning outcomes are expected from the session. 

Please aim for a 45-minute workshop with 5 minutes of Q&A.

▼   Research Talks

The Research Talk is designed to allow for a 20-minute presentation of a research study that is completed or in progress. We welcome studies that investigate a “teaching question,” a particular teaching practice that you have tried in your class, or another theme related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. We also welcome studies related to student academic success, documented uses of a new tech tool, or an exploration of the student, faculty, or staff experience on an institutional or classroom level.

This 30-minute session includes 10 minutes of Q&A time after the initial presentation.

▼   Panel Discussions (Day 1 or Day 2)

50-minute panel discussions allow for multiple presenters to engage with 
each other and the audience. Panel discussions should include at least one moderator who poses questions following a main theme that each of the panel speakers have experienced.

Please build in time for the audience to ask the panel questions.

▼   Pecha Kucha (Virtual - Day 2)

Pecha Kucha, meaning "chit chat" in Japanese, is a fast-paced presentation format in which the presenter shares 20 slides at 20 seconds each for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Slides should include primarily images, with little text, and set to auto-advance. You can find additional information about Pecha Kucha presentations below:

Each Pecha Kucha will have a moderator who will manage the Zoom room by sharing your presentation.

Guidelines and Best Practices

  • Required: Please submit your PowerPoint presentation to by Monday, May 9. Your presentation will be ready to go when it is your turn to present.
  • Use PowerPoint. Please set your slides to automatically advance every 20 seconds. Here is a tutorial on setting up Pecha Kucha slides.
  • Use images on your slides to illustrate your main points.
  • Limit your use of text and avoid bulleted lists. Remember, you have 20 seconds per slide!
  • Do not use videos or animations on the slides.
  • You may include a title slide with your name and the title of your presentation. This slide is included in your 20 slides and will advance after 20 seconds.
▼   Online Poster Presentation (Virtual - Day 2)

Our Virtual Exhibit Hall (VEH) is a 3D digital environment that visually replicates the experience of walking through an exhibit hall to view individual presentations. Attendees will enter the VEH in a virtual lobby in which they will find several clearly labeled, clickable doors, leading to a virtual poster hall. Next to each poster will be two clickable icons, one that plays a brief (1-2 minute) audio recording explaining the project, and one that takes attendees out of the VEH to a Zoom meeting where they can interact in real time with the presenter of that poster, as if visiting the presenter at a booth in a real conference.

Attendees will be able to view the VEH and all presentations at their leisure. You do not have to be in the VEH with attendees in order for them to view your poster or play your audio file. We will assign you a specific time to be on Zoom to engage with any attendees who have further questions about your work. During that time you will need to be in your specific Zoom meeting to allow participants entry and interact with them after they click the link in the VEH. Zoom sessions are informal, designed for quick questions and discussions about the poster.


  • Required: Please submit your poster as a 48x36 inches pdf, a brief MP3 audio file, and a Zoom link to by Thursday, April 28. Please use this poster template to ensure accurate dimensions.
  • Avoid very small text or images on your poster, as doing so will make the poster hard to read.
  • Do not make the poster interactive. Participants will only be able to view the poster, not to click, play, or otherwise interact with any additional features included thereon.
  • Speak clearly in your audio file so that listeners can understand you easily. Try not to rush or mumble.
  • Submit a Zoom link (resembles a url) not a Zoom ID (a 10 digit number) if asked to set up a Zoom meeting.
  • Enable waiting rooms and do not set a password for your Zoom meeting if asked to set one up. The waiting room protects host privacy without creating the logistical problem of disseminating passwords to attendees.
▼   Propose another presentation type for the in-person or virtual space

Please propose a presentation type that you would like for either the in-person or virtual space. For instance, you might have a workshop that works better in the virtual space. You can include the presentation description in your uploaded proposal or session narrative.


General Guidelines

All proposals must be submitted through the conference submission portal and will include:

  • Title of proposal (15 words or less)

  • Name of all presenters (all must register)

  • Session Abstract (150 words or less):
    Your session abstract will appear in the conference program. It should include a description of your topic, its alignment with the conference theme, and the general presentation plan, including your engagement activities and session outcomes.

  • Session Narrative (300 words or less):
    In contrast to the abstract, your session narrative will provide conference reviewers deeper insight into the details of your proposed presentation. The narrative will not be shared in the conference program. Please include the following information: 
    1. the issue being addressed by the work presented and how it is unique and/or contributing to scholarship in this area
    2. how the proposal aligns with the conference theme of Building Resilience and Promoting Equity
    3. an audience engagement plan (required for Workshops, recommended for Panels, not necessary with Posters and Pecha Kuchas)
    4. how the proposal will be relevant to CoTL attendees from regional institutions of higher education

 Evaluation criteria for all submissions include:

  • Topic impacts Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or educational practices
  • Topic aligns and supports the conference themes/goals
  • Proposal includes an engagement plan (required for Workshops, recommended for Panels and Poster Sessions, not necessary with Pecha Kuchas)

Classification of Proposals

During the proposal submission process, you will be asked to classify your proposal via the categories listed below. This will help us prioritize submissions and group presentations appropriately. 

Proposal Target Population
(i) Undergraduate, (ii) Graduate, (iii) Either, (iv) Faculty/Staff
(i) STEM/CS, (ii) Business, (iii) Arts/Humanities, (iv) Health Sciences, (v) Social Sciences, (vi) Education, (vii) Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary, (viii) Any/General