CoTL Proposals

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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals is now closed.

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.

Each interactive workshop will have a moderator who will manage the Zoom room by keeping eye on time, fielding questions from the chat box, and setting up breakout rooms, if needed.

Best Practices for Participant Engagement

  • Aim for 40-45 minutes with 5 minutes of Q&A at the end
  • Use polling software to interact with your audience
  • Post a question in chat
  • Utilize a breakout room
▼   Pecha Kucha Presentation

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 3. 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.
  • If you like, you may submit a pre-recorded Pecha Kucha, in which you record yourself delivering your Pecha Kucha as the slides advance according to the guidelines. Feel free to reach out to Lisa LaCross ( with questions if you are considering this option.
▼   Flipped Forum

Similar to a flipped classroom model, the facilitator of a flipped forum shares a resource, such as an excerpt from a published or unpublished paper, a framework or checklist. Prior to attending the forum, participants will engage with the shared resource and respond to several questions that will inform the group discussion (e.g. how could you apply this resource in your course?). During the conference, participants are prepared for 25-minute, in-depth discussions at the facilitated flipped forum.

During the Flipped Forum, the facilitator is encouraged to introduce the resource, ask a few questions to the participants about the resource (these questions can be the same questions asked in the resource or build upon the participant responses), respond to participant questions submitted by the participants prior to the conference, before opening the floor to general Q&A.

ALL pre-conference resources must be submitted by Thursday, April 29 at 5pm to

What does a Flipped Forum resource look like? 

A short published or unpublished paper, a proposed framework, a successful checklist, or a PowerPoint presentation with multiple engagement questions built into the slides.

How do participants interact with the resource?

Using Perusall via the Canvas conference site, the participants will respond to your questions and interact with resource from Monday, May 3 to Tuesday, May 11.

  • Possible pre-conference questions to ask about your resources:
    • How might this resource be incorporated into your course? Or, how does this resource reflect what is already happening in your course?
    • What questions do you have about this resource?
    • What suggestions do you have for the author?
    • You might also include engagement questions built into your slides or written resource. 
      For example, if I shared a resource on alternative assessments, I might include the following questions throughout my resource:
      • What are the major assessments in your course (e.g., papers, tests)?
      • Other than these major assessments, how do you know if your students have mastered the target learning objectives?
      • After reading about process-based assessments, which assessment(s) in your course might easily transition into a process-based assessment?
      • Of the process-based assessments listed in this document, which ones are you most likely to implement in your course?
▼   Online Poster Presentation

Our brand new 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. There will be a Graduate Student Poster Session with a special award for all USA grad students who are accepted into the poster session.

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 MP4 audio file, and a Zoom link to by Thursday, April 29. 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.


General Guidelines

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

  • Title of proposal (20 words or less)

  • Name of all presenters (all must register)

  • Narrative that clearly states:
    1. the issue being addressed by the work presented
    2. how the proposal aligns with the conference theme of Innovations in Learning: Creative Solutions for Challenging Times
    3. an audience engagement plan [required for workshops, recommended for others]
    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

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
Special Programs
(i) ACUE, (ii) SoTL USA, (iii) New Faculty Scholars, (iv) Pathway USA, (v) Technology Mini-Grants, (vi) Faculty Learning Community (FLC), (vii) Other ILC Program, (viii) Not associated with a special program