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Call for Proposals

Conversation Sessions

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 the following sections:

  1. Title (please begin the title with "Conversation:")
  2. Author(s) name, Institution
  3. Abstract (max of 1850 characters, approximately 250-300 words)
  4. Literature Review (max of 1850 characters, approximately 250-300 words)
  5. Goals and objectives for the conversation session (i.e., what direction, at least initially, will the converation be headed?; max of 1850 characters, approximately 250-300 words)
  6. Description of the idea or topic to be discussed (max of 1850 characters, approximately 250-300 words)
  7. Facilitation techniques (i.e., how will you facilitate the conversation?; max of 1850 characters, approximately 250-300 words)

Selection Criteria: Conversation session proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Does the title begin with "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.
  2. Does the proposed conversation session incorporate a scholarly and/or innovative approach to teaching and learning?
  3. Is the conversation grounded in literature and/or data and evidence?
  4. Are the session goals and objectives achievable?
  5. Is the description clear?
  6. Is the focus on a conversation clear?
  7. Is the take-home message clearly provided in a way that can be generalized to other fields and disciplines?
  8. Is the proposal well written? Does it follow APA format (for citations and references)?