Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now CLOSED. Thank you for your submissions!

Proposals to present at the virtual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, August 2-5, 2021 were accepted through January 22, 2021. We are selecting quality presentations intended for advanced practitioners in distance, online, or blended education and training from the proposals submitted. We will also consider some basic/foundational proposals geared toward those newer to the field. Proposals grounded in evidence-based practice and/or innovative strategies are preferred. Proposal acceptance notices will be sent out no later than April 15, 2021.

Possible TopicsPresentation FormatsProposal CriteriaTimeline

Miss the 2021 proposal deadline? We’ll be accepting proposals again in Winter of 2022, and hope you’ll try again!

Here are some topic areas to consider:

  • ABCs of DE (basic)
  • Accessibility and ADA (section 508) compliance
  • Administration
  • Alternative credentialing
  • Augmented reality
  • Blended learning designs
  • Building & supporting learning communities
  • Distance education leadership/administration
  • Emerging technologies and techniques
  • 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
  • Virtual reality

Why present?

  • Receive a 50% discounted conference registration
  • 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


Presentation Formats

Pre-Conference Workshops
90 minutes OR 3 hours
Provide a high-quality, interactive, and practical experience to develop participants’ knowledge and skills in a specific topic. Workshops should offer hands-on experiences; sessions will use a virtual room with interactive features and breakout rooms.
Research Session
45 min.
Share your results from a completed research study. Presenters will be given 30-35 minutes to describe their research question, methodology, and results. Following the presentation, there will be 10 minutes of attendee Q&A via chat or audio.
Exploratory Session

45 min.
Bring a big question, new idea, or useful strategy to the conference and move  the conversation forward with the power of collective knowledge. Presenters  should provide activities, group learning exercises, or other techniques that  leverage the virtual environment to engage and involve participants. Exploratory  sessions will take place in a virtual room with interactive features and breakout  rooms.
Roundtable Session
45 min.
Host a conversation on a current topic of interest or a book that you’ve authored within the past 18 months. Up to 2 co-presenters will provide a 10 minute overview, then facilitate a conversation with all participants via audio and video. Conversations will be managed to ensure maximum interaction for all attendees.
Panel Session
45 min.
Collaborate with 2-3 panelists from different organizations to discuss a shared strategy, problem, or innovation. Panels are facilitated by a moderator; each panelist will be given 5-7 minutes to share their experience, followed by a solutions-focused conversation with the audience. Attendees may ask questions via chat or audio.
DT&L Talks
20 min.
Condense your topic to a TED-style talk. Presentations should be thought-provoking, empowering, or uniquely informative. Sessions are presentation-only, with dedicated Slack channels set up to continue the conversation after the session.
ePosters (24/7 with chat)
45 min.
Digitally share a current or ongoing project (e.g. dissertation/thesis, new study, book topic, etc.) with attendees. Presenters will prepare a digital poster and brief, pre-recorded overview of their work. ePosters will be available throughout the conference and spotlighted during assigned, 45-minute blocks.

Download session format descriptions

Proposal Criteria

Propose a session for the 2021 Distance Teaching and Learning Conference by completing this form. You must complete and submit this form in one attempt. Use this document (go.wisc.edu/08q0dr) to complete all sections ahead of time. You can either download a Microsoft Word version, or open in Google Docs and make a private copy (select from the “File” menu).
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 2021. If your proposal is accepted, you agree to the following due dates and requirements in order to keep your proposal in the conference program.

Friday, June 4
Register for the conference.
Presenter registration link and instructions will be sent in April.
Friday, June 25
Research Sessions are required to submit a white paper (optional for other formats). Other sessions are required to submit a one-page summary paper.
These papers will be published in the digital conference publication and resource library.
Friday, July 16
Submit electronic versions of resource materials/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.