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Present at the TxDLA Conference
The conference will include breakout sessions, world class speakers and general sessions designed to instruct and motivate. The conference theme for 2016 is "Pushing Distance Education to Unimaginable Limits."
Every hero has a defining moment. In the field of distance education, we interact with heroes every day. We aspire to do noble acts of heroism in distance education to meet the needs of the modern lifelong learner. Increasing demand to support the need falls to experienced professionals performing feats of bravery, problem-solving and even superheroism. Playing off this theme, the 19th Annual 2016 TxDLA (Texas Distance Learning Association) Conference will present a variety of topics and activities that support those courageous superheroes, pushing distance education to unimaginable limits. Sessions focus on trends in educational technology, innovative and best practice, research, accessibility, cybersecurity and data analysis, faculty and student support, administration and policy and more. Come discover the heroes beyond traditional learning. It’s an unforgettable experience you can’t afford to miss!
Types of Proposals Needed
Pre-conference workshops are offered as a vehicle to get the conference started, set the stage for the conference theme, and discuss relevant issues. These sessions allow presenters to go in-depth into a topic or skill and include time for questions, discussions, and practice. The pre-conference workshops will be held beginning at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 28th. (1hr. 50 minutes)
Concurrent sessions provide an opportunity for you to give interactive presentations in one or more of the conference tracks. Attendees will be seated in a classroom or theatre-style setting and will expect sessions to provide practical advice and the sharing of experiences. (50 minutes)
Types of concurrent sessions:
Single presenter or multiple co-presenters. Attendees prefer high-quality, thought-provoking and interactive sessions, not lecture format. Co-presenters are encouraged.
BYOD hands-on sessions allow participants to gain experience using a specific piece of technology. Attendees will bring their own device allowing them to practice the concepts or skills you present. Presenters must communicate any special hardware or software needs within the abstract of the proposal form, so the attendees will be prepared for the session. Co-presenters are encouraged.
Panel presentations group together two or more speakers who present different perspectives or different aspects of a topic. You may recruit your own colleagues to form a panel if you like. Also, if the program committee sees that your proposal matches well with another that has been submitted, they may contact you to ask if you would be willing to join a panel.
Poster sessions allow presenters to prepare a standing, table-top poster that describes a project, process, research or other activity to a come-and-go audience. Presenting a poster session will give you an opportunity to meet and network with a majority of conference attendees. Tables will be provided. Presenters must bring all other components of their display. All posters will be presented simultaneously during one specific hour-long time slot.
Academic Papers allow for a lecture-style presentation of original quantitative or qualitative research and scholarly writings for audience review and formative critique. Selected papers will be allowed fifteen minutes for presentation plus ten minutes for audience questions and comments. (25 minutes)
Preparing Your Proposal
The online proposal submission form will ask you for the following information:
Name, full contact information, and bio of no more than 50 words for the lead presenter and name of any co-presenters.
Session Title: a succinct, but descriptive title of no more than ten words
Format: Pre-conference, Concurrent, Poster, or Academic Paper
Abstract: 50-word (or less) description of the session. Please note: the session abstract will be used in the printed program. You should make sure it accurately reflects your session as it will be what draws people to it.
Content: a clear summary of learning objectives and session content in 300 words. Things you should think about while writing your proposal:
The objectives to my session will include…
My session will cover the following…
The participants will obtain the following information from my session…
I will engage my audience by...
Trends in Educational Technology - This track serves as a venue to discuss and demonstrate some of the latest trends and developments in educational technology. Topics include mobile devices and BYOD (bring your own devices) in the classroom, social media for learning, gamification, agile development, flipped learning, badges, learning spaces, analytics, and personalized learning to name a few.
Innovative and Best Practice - This track is focuses on creative and transformational ideas in learning technology and programmatic initiatives as well as established, proven and applied methods in the field of distance learning. Topics include theory, models of innovative and best practice in teaching and learning, course and program design and delivery, efficient and effective support systems, promoting a culture of innovation, etc.
Research - Theoretical, methodological, empirical, or application-oriented study of distance learning and educational technology is showcased in this track. Student research is encouraged.
Accessibility - This track focuses on how to provide equal access and opportunity to people with disabilities through accessible design of online courses, websites, and other internet-based resources. Topics include strategies for creating an accessibility evaluation plan, universal design considerations, creating and extending support services, understanding the laws, addressing legal issues, etc.
Cybersecurity and Data Analysis - This track focuses on two different areas. Focus on how an organization is dealing with cybersecurity and the implications for a breach along with what data is being used to determine internet integrity. The other focus is on data analysis, which can range from using big data for institutional success to data at the course level; topics include showing how students are progressing, determining who are at-risk, evaluating course design, showing faculty or staff engagement, etc.
Faculty and Student Support - This track focuses on concepts related to providing employees, faculty, staff, and trainers appropriate professional development opportunities to help them stay current and productive in their fields and strategies and resources for providing technical and academic support to help distance education students succeed. Topics include identifying training needs, designing programming, training tools and resources, continuing education, incentives, help desk functions, call centers, technical manuals, work flows, self-help tools, written and video-based support resources, identifying student and faculty needs, etc.
Administration and Policy - This track focuses on how to set up and administer an online or distance education program, including administering quality measures, planning, budgeting, compliance standards (THECB, SACS, HERC), institutional effectiveness, administrative support structures, upgrade management and design plans, legal and policy issues, marketing and the latest information and issues regarding public policies and legislation and the impact it is having on distance programs, students, and faculty.
Discover Your Superhero Deep Down Inside You! - What do you want to share, demonstrate, present, and collaborate on that falls outside of the above tracks? This area is to show or discover your SUPERHERO within. Is there a story you should tell or provide context to a topic, then this track is for you! Think outside the box and bring it on!
Audience Focus by Constituency: Teachers & Instructors, Librarians, Technicians, Instructional Designers, or Administrators within higher education, K-12, corporate, government, healthcare, and non-profit settings.
Any special needs for your setup. All presentation rooms will be equipped with Internet connections and data projection equipment. If you are using a Macintosh computer or mobile device, or need any special sound amplification, please bring all necessary cables and speakers for your needs.
Conference participants will expect well-delivered presentations containing quality information that is of practical value to their day-to-day professional lives. Members of the Conference Program Committee will review each proposal. Reviewers will look for clear descriptions. Considerable weight will be given to proposals that specify session learning objectives and clearly describe why the content will be valuable to attendees. Specifically, reviewers will look for the following:
Relevance to the conference theme, Pushing Distance Education to Unimaginable Limits
Quality of the presentation and submission including:
Evidence of innovation and effective practice
Audience appeal and opportunity for discussion
The committee recommends that proposals be specific about what will make the presentation valuable to attendees. Any proposal that is perceived to be a “sales pitch” will not be considered. Your proposal should be focused on innovative issues and working solutions, and should address the conference theme. All presenters and co-presenters (regardless of session type) will be expected to register for the full conference.
All proposals will be blind reviewed by a sub-committee of three or more individuals from different constituencies and backgrounds.
Status of Proposal and Notification
The 2016 Program Committee will complete the review of proposals and contact you about the status of your proposal by November 16, 2015. If your proposal is accepted, the lead presenter will receive an email containing information relevant to your presentation. Lead presenters are responsible for forwarding all information to their co-presenters. All vendor showcase sessions will be approved and scheduled as long as there is still space remaining.
Deadline: October 21, 2015 for regular presentations/sessions
Deadline: February 29, 2016 for vendor showcase sessions
Please enter your EMail address and click on the SUBMIT button.
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Copyright 2015 by TxDLA, Inc.
Copyright 2015 by TxDLA, Inc.