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Call for Proposals

The deadline for proposal submissions has passed. Those who have submitted proposals will be contacted soon on the status of the submission. If you have any questions, please email Teaching & Learning Innovation at tli@utk.edu.

Following the official theme – “Lighting the Way to Deeper Learning” – TLI welcomes submissions that advance our conceptualization of innovative teaching and learning theoretically, methodologically, and/or practically with the ultimate goal of deepening and enhancing student learning. The ideal submission should spark new ideas and conversations that challenge our unexamined notions of teaching and learning.

Submissions will be accepted in five formats: Regular Presentation, Demonstration, Roundtable Presentation, Workshop or Poster. Please review the format descriptions and submission criteria below before submitting your proposal.

To guide you in choosing the right type of presentation, please see the following descriptions:

Regular Presentation (15 or 30 minutes)

In keeping with the theme of the conference, up to two presentations will occur during a 50 minute session. For example, the presenter/s will have 15 minutes (if there are two presentations during the session or 30 minutes (if there is a single presentation during the session) to introduce and share the topic with the audience.  In the time remaining, the audience may ask questions and assessment of the presentation will occur.

Demonstration Presentation (15 or 30 minutes)
This type of active session involves the presenter/s leading the participants in a demonstration of a practice or strategy. Up to two demonstrations will occur during a 50 minute session. For example, the presenter(s) will have 15 minutes (if there are two demonstrations during the session or 30 minutes (if there is a single demonstration during the session) to introduce and lead the audience in their activity.  In the time remaining, the audience may ask questions and assessment of the presentation will occur.

Roundtable Presentation (50 minutes)
Roundtables are 50-minute oral presentations with discussion with attendees around a table. These presentations typically include 15 minutes of presentation, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the table in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic.

Workshop (100 minutes)
Workshop presentations are an opportunity for the presenter/s to engage the participants in a more involved 100 minute exploration of a topic.  For example, the presenter(s) will lead the audience through an examination of the topic through sharing information, participant discussion, and learning activities for an 80 minute period.  The remaining time will be set aside for questions and assessment of the session.

Poster Presentation (50 minutes)
Poster sessions are an opportunity for presenters to demonstrate their work in a one-on-one setting. Posters should fit within an area (look up standard poster size. Proposals are for printed posters only.

Keep in mind the criteria (see table below) that the selection committee is considering.

Contribution Proposal provides evidence to support that the session is relevant, timely and likely to contribute to scholarship and/or practice in learning assessment in higher education.
Goal(s) and/or Outcome(s) for the Session  Proposal clearly expresses the purpose and/or the desired outcome(s) for the session.
Alignment of the proposed presentations to the conference theme Coherence of component contributions to the overall theme of the symposium is evident. The session leader’s role as moderator is well described and will likely contribute to establishing the theme for the audience.