Call for Proposals
Session Description: Conversation sessions are designed to provide a time and space for participants to discuss instructional issues within higher education teaching and learning. Each discussion session will begin with no more than a 10 minute presentation to contextualize the topic, followed by active participant discussion. Conversation sessions are 50 minutes in length.
Submission Format: Conversation session proposals should include, in general, the following sections:
- Title (please include the word "conversation" in the title)
- Author(s) name, Institution
- Abstract, not to exceed 300 words
- Literature Review
- Goals and objectives for the conversation session (what direction, at least initially, will the converation be headed?)
- Description of idea or topic to be discussed
- Facilitation techniques (how will you facilitate the conversation?)
Selection Criteria: Conversation session proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Does the title include the word "conversation?" Is the title accurate, broadly descriptive, and inviting (e.g. Conversation: Evaluating Learning through Concept Maps rather than the more exclusionary Conversation: Using Concept Maps in Freshman Biology at a Rural Summer Institute)? Do not use instititution names (e.g., at Southwestern University) or academic domains (e.g., in Freshman Chemistry) in your title.
- Does the proposed conversation session incorporate a scholarly and innovative approach to teaching and learning?
- Is the conversation grounded in literature and/or data and evidence?
- Are the session goals and objectives achievable?
- Is the description clear?
- Is the focus on a conversation clear?
- Is the take-home message clearly provided in a way that can be generalized to other fields and disciplines?
- Is the proposal well written? Does it follow APA format?