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Call for Proposals

Early Decision Due March 6th, Final Proposals Due April 7th, 2020


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. 

April 2020 Update:
If you would like to respond to the remote teaching transition, this presentation theme would also be welcome.

Submission will be through the following portal (closed)


 Presentation Types 

Due to COVID-19 all activities will be held online.

We have adjusted our presentation formats for this online CoTL.

Click here for Virtual Conference Presentation Guidelines and Best Practices (Closed)

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.

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 (How To Create Slides) and (How to Make Great Presentations the Pecha Kucha Way). (Closed)

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a flipped classroom model, the facilitator of a flipped forum shares a resource, such as an excerpt from a published or unpublished paper, a framework or checklist.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 20 minute, in-depth discussions at the facilitated flipped forum. 

Please consult with the ILC for suggestions on how to adjust your presentation to an updated format.

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 Building Communities
    3. whether it falls under 'Digital Resources' or 'Innovative Pedagogies’
    4. an audience engagement plan [required for workshops, recommended for others]
    5. 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. 

Student Level: Undergraduate Graduate Either
Discipline: STEM/CS
 Health Sciences
Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences
Any/General Education
Special Programs: ACUE
Pathway USA
SoTL USA New Faculty Scholars (NPS)
Special Focus: Technology Civic Engagement Wellness