Call for Proposals

Proposal system now closed

We invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 34th annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, August 7-9, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. We are looking for quality presentations intended for advanced practitioners in distance, online, or blended education and training. We will also consider some basic/foundational proposals geared toward those newer to the field. All proposals should be grounded in evidence-based practice and/or innovative strategies.

Deadline to submit is 4:00 pm (CST) on Tuesday, January 23. Proposal system now closed.

Here are some proposal topics to consider:

  • ABCs of DE (basic)
  • Accessibility and ADA (section 508) compliance
  • Alternative credentialing
  • Augmented/virtual reality
  • Blended learning designs
  • Building & supporting learning communities
  • Distance education leadership/administration
  • Evaluating online learning
  • Faculty development
  • Game-based learning
  • Immersive learning
  • Learner engagement strategies
  • Learner support
  • Learning analytics and student success
  • Learning science research to practice
  • Mastery & competency-based learning
  • Measuring learning & assessment
  • Mobile learning
  • New/emerging technologies
  • Online teaching strategies
  • Open resources and content curation
  • Personalized & adaptive learning
  • Social learning
  • Video & multimedia-based learning
  • Other (provide topic area)


Why present?

  • Share your knowledge and expertise with colleagues from around the world
  • Have an impact and be recognized for your contribution to the field of distance education
  • Gain insights to guide your future work
  • Add your presentation to your CV and contribute to the 2018 Conference Proceedings and Resources publication
  • Receive a discounted conference registration
  • Explore and enjoy Madison — we’re ranked as one of the nation’s best cities to work and play

Presentation Formats

Registration Discount
Facilitate a conversation on your topic or authored book
45 min.
$125 for up to 2 presenters
ePoster Session
Showcase your course, program, or research study in informal small group interactions
45 min.
$125 for up to 2 presenters
Information Session
Present your topic in 35 minutes followed by 10 minutes for Q&A/discussion
45 min.
$125 for up to 2 presenters
Show & Tell Sessions
‘Show’ and ‘tell’ your topic while interacting with participants
20 min.
$125 for ONLY 1 presenter
Speed Session
Condense your topic to a 10-minute talk followed by 5 minutes of discussion
15 min.
$125 for ONLY 1 presenter
Interactive Workshop
Provide a high-quality, hands-on, and practical experience to develop participants’ knowledge and skills in a specific area
90 minutes or
3 hours
50% discount or
Full registration waiver for
up to 2 presenters

Proposal Criteria

Click here to view a PDF of the online form requirements. All proposals must be entered into the online proposal form. You may submit proposals for multiple sessions. You will be able to save and return to your proposal form until the deadline: 4:00 pm (CST) on Tuesday, January 23.
NOTE: Proposals that solely promote commercial products or services will not be accepted.

All proposals will be peer reviewed and evaluated on these criteria:

  • Practical methods and techniques that others can use and apply
  • Clear learning goals and key takeaways
  • Relevance to the field of distance education and online learning
  • Depth of knowledge conveyed related to distance teaching, learning, and training
  • Inclusion of evaluation data and/or established theoretical models
  • Focus on established or emerging trends, practices, data, and knowledge
  • Evidence of successful outcomes or lessons learned

Acceptance, Timeline, and Requirements

We will notify all applicants on the status of your proposal submission by the end of March. If your proposal is accepted, you agree to the following due dates and requirements in order to keep your proposal in the conference program.

Due Dates
Monday, May 21
Submit a proceedings or summary paper for the digital conference publication and resource library.
Info session: proceedings paper required Discussion, ePoster, Show & Tell, Speed Session or Workshop: summary paper required.
Monday, June 11
Register for the conference.
Presenter registration link will be sent in May.
Monday, July 16
Submit session handouts for the conference app and resource library.
Attendees expect to have copies of your presentation and/or handouts that they can refer to in their practice.


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