Proposals may be submitted under the following option types: (1) Individual Paper, (2) Ask-an-Expert Discussion Circle, and (3) Best Practices Workshop. If your submission is selected, every effort will be made to place it in the proposal type requested. The reviewers may, at their discretion, place it in a more suitable format. If this occurs, you will be notified as to which option it was placed after the conference program has been finalized.
Individual Paper (50-minute discussion and feedback sessions). Individual paper proposals provide an opportunity to present original contributions to the research, theory and practice of the teaching and learning process. Submissions should demonstrate an awareness of relevant literature and clearly indicate the importance of the proposed topic to the conference theme.
Ask-an-Expert Discussion Circle (50-minute interactive sessions). Ask-an-Expert Discussion Circles provide opportunities for individuals to discuss their topic and related issues in a small-group setting. A paper may be prepared but is not required. Although the individual’s research topic and expertise are the focus of this session participant involvement and questions are encouraged. This format should maximize the opportunity for dialogue among and between practitioners and academics. The submitter (the Ask-an-Expert leader) will plan a 35-minute presentation to ensure that each session reserves at least 15 minutes for discussion and engagement of the attendees. Only the primary submitter will be selected to lead/chair each discussion circle.
Best Practices Workshop (50-minute interactive sessions). These sessions will offer real-world solutions to real issues encountered in the workplace. Unlike panel sessions, these hands-on workshops are intended to bring the attendees into the discussion and offer practical solutions/suggestions to work situations. The opportunity to exchange ideas with peers is a major part of the program. These sessions are not lectures. Presenters are required to show in their submissions how they will incorporate attendees in the learning process. They will also need to list three measurable learning objectives identifying what attendees can expect to take with them following the session.
Best Practices Workshops are designed to encourage additional interaction between. participants and practitioners. Participants can discuss their successes and failures, or seek input from practitioners while obtaining insight from academics who study and work with the issues. These workshops also provide scholars and participants the opportunity to network with and learn from those who are on the front lines.