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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Los Angeles, CA … Hollywood … Storytelling Capital.

During the 2016 ISSOTL conference, we will consider stories of teaching and learning and stories of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). What are the stories we tell about and with SoTL? The stories told about and with its methods, its impact on teaching and learning at our institutions and beyond, and its collaborative structures? What are the various plots, settings, themes, characters, conflicts, and metaphors? How does SoTL storytelling affect the stories we tell about our professional lives – as educators, as researchers or scholars, as human beings?  Who is telling these stories, and to whom – and who is listening? How can we craft SoTL stories to pursue larger goals? What are effective storytelling tools? How do we and our students use stories in our teaching and learning and how do we assess their effectiveness?

To tell and explore SoTL stories, we invite contributions under these topics/tracks:

  • Effective Teaching
  • Student Learning
  • Public Discourse about Teaching and Learning
  • Narrative of Course Design
  • Learning to Tell Stories
  • Student Stories
  • International Stories

For details on the conference theme and topics/tracks, see HERE.

We will be considering submissions in the following categories:

We encourage submissions from SoTL "oldtimers" and "newcomers," individuals and project teams, faculty and students, from all disciplines, disciplinary networks, higher education institutions, and countries.

The Submission Deadline has passed.

Please review the submission requirements and the review criteria under each category carefully before submitting your proposal at the Proposal Submission Form. The proposal part of the submission (see below) needs to be submitted as a pdf file, with name(s) removed for anonymous review, 12pt, single-spaced, margins no larger than 1", all possible illustrations, figures, and tables included in the text (rather than at the end). References may be on a separate page and do not need to be included in the word count, however, they have to be in the same pdf file. For the steps of the submission form, see the handout below.

Proposal Submission Form -- Handout: Submitting a Proposal


Panel sessions are particularly appropriate for topics that benefit from diverse approaches and multiple perspectives, including disciplinary, institutional, and national perspectives. The goal for panel presentations is to provide panelists and audience members the opportunity to compare approaches and perspectives, exchange insights, engage in discussion, and learn from each other’s research and experiences. Panels with participants from different institutions and countries are especially sought.

Panels:

  • feature 2-4 presenters plus possible moderator;
  • each panelist gives a short presentation or statement;
  • may be organized, proposed, and chaired by one of the presenters or by someone not presenting who moderates the panel; and
  • will last 60 or 90 minutes, and include at least 20 minutes for discussion.

Panels should be submitted by the moderator or panel organizer and must include the following:

  • panelists’ names, institutional affiliations, and contact information;
  • a designation of the session chair (one of the presenters or the moderator);
  • the title of the panel as a whole;
  • a proposal of the panel as a whole (up to 1,000 words, with presenters' names removed for review) that  
    • discusses the significance of the panel topic;
    • a short description of the individual contributions and titles within the panel;
    • establishes a link to one or more of the conference themes;
    • indicates the literatures, methods, evidence, and conclusions involved;
    • an indication of the preferred length (60 or 90 minutes);
  • an abstract of the panel (up to 150 words) to be included in the program; and
  • up to 5 keywords identifying the panel topic.

[Go to Panel Review Criteria]              [Go to Proposal Submission Form -- Handout: Submitting a Proposal]              [Go back to top]


Paper sessions present results and/or new methodologies pertaining to the conference themes; papers on completed SOTL projects are particularly sought. The goals of these papers are to share knowledge and to encourage critical dialogue among conference participants.

Individual paper presentations:

  • last a maximum of 30 minutes each, including time for questions and discussion; and
  • will be grouped into sessions of two or three, with a total time of 60 (2 presenters) or 90 minutes (3 presenters).

The organization of each presentation should allow adequate time for discussion. The final presenter in the session will serve as chair.

Paper submissions should include the following:

  • the authors' names, institutional affiliation, and contact information;
  • a designation of the presenter(s);
  • the title of the paper; and
  • a proposal (up to 750 words, with presenter's name removed for review) that
    • addresses one or more of the conference themes; 
    • discusses the significance of the paper topic;
    • indicates the literatures, methods, evidence, and conclusions involved;
  • an abstract of the paper (up to 150 words) to be included in the program; and
  • up to 5 keywords identifying the paper topic.

[Go to Paper Review Criteria]              [Go to Proposal Submission Form -- Handout: Submitting a Proposal]              [Go back to top]


SoTL Spotlight sessions feature short and engaging presentations that discuss innovative projects, provocative but realistic ideas, compelling findings with wide appeal, or lasting lessons learnt.

Individual presentations:

  • have to be focused on one SoTL relevant idea and should be thought-provoking, well-structured, accessible to a wide audience, and, if possible, also entertaining (no reading of papers);
  • last exactly 10 minutes each (no Q&A or discussion); and
  • will be grouped into sessions of four or six, with a total time of 60 (4 presenters) or 90 minutes (6 presenters).

SoTL Spotlight presentation submissions should include the following:

  • the speaker's name, institutional affiliation, and contact information;
  • the title of the talk; and
  • a proposal (up to 750 words, with presenter's name removed for review) that
    • addresses one or more of the conference themes; 
    • discusses the significance of the talk idea;
    • indicates the key sources, methods, and evidence referenced; 
  • an abstract of the talk (up to 150 words) to be included in the program; and
  • up to 5 keywords identifying the talk topic.

[Go to SoTL Spotlight Review Criteria]              [Go to Proposal Submission Form -- Handout: Submitting a Proposal]              [Go back to top]


Workshop sessions offer an opportunity for hands-on work on a SOTL question, topic, or research method. A limited number of these 90-minute workshop slots are available during the conference; they will provide a highly interactive alternative to presentations and papers, demonstrating effective practices in both SOTL and pedagogy.

Workshop submissions should include the following:

  • the name(s) of the workshop facilitator(s), their institutional affiliations, and contact information;
  • a title of the workshop; and
  • a proposal (up to 750 words, with presenters' names removed for review) that 
    • addresses one or more of the conference themes;
    • discusses the significance of the workshop topic;
    • includes the facilitators’ relevant experience for this workshop;
    • covers the learning goals and outcomes for the workshop;
    • details plans for participants’ engagement throughout the workshop;
    • includes the literatures, methods, and evidence that serve as the foundation for the workshop;
  • an abstract of the workshop (up to 150 words) to be included in the program; and
  • up to 5 keywords identifying the workshop topic and method.

[Go to Workshop Review Criteria]              [Go to Proposal Submission Form -- Handout: Submitting a Proposal]              [Go back to top]


Poster sessions are a central part of ISSOTL conferences. We will have a space that allows a large number of participants to engage with each poster presenter. We will consider both emerging and completed projects. ISSOTL will be providing the easels for displaying the posters.

Posters:

  • will be displayed during the conference, and featured during a poster session and reception; at least one author will be required to "attend" the poster session in order to present and discuss the work with other conference participants;
  • should not exceed 72 inches wide by 42 inches tall; additional details for poster presenters will be available to accepted poster presenters by August 2016; 
  • will be included in an electronic archive that will be available from the conference website after the event; further information and technical requirements for this electronic poster archive will be made available in August 2016.

Poster submissions should include the following:

  • the name(s) of the poster author(s), their institutional affiliations, and contact information;
  • a designation of the presenter(s);
  • the title of the poster; and
  • a proposal (up to 750 words, with presenters' names removed for review) that includes
    • the focus of the inquiry or program;
    • the way(s) in which it contributes to current SOTL conversations;
    • the poster’s connections to the conference themes; and
    • the literatures, methods, evidence, and conclusions involved; 
  • an abstract of the poster (up to 150 words) to be included in the program; and
  • up to 5 keywords identifying the poster topic.

[Go to Poster Review Criteria]              [Go to Proposal Submission Form -- Handout: Submitting a Proposal]              [Go back to top]


Pre-Conference Workshops are interactive sessions (not presentations) that teach, develop, and explore questions, literatures, methods, theories, pedagogies, possibilities, and solutions. Pre-conference workshops may or may not address the conference theme. Creative and unconventional workshop proposals are encouraged.

Pre-conference workshops will be 3-3.5 or 6-7 hours in length, and will occur on Wednesday, October 12.

Pre-conference workshop submissions should include the following:

  • the name(s) of the workshop facilitator(s), their institutional affiliations, and contact information;
  • the title of the workshop;
  • a proposal (up to 1,500 words) that includes
    • the significance of the workshop topic;
    • the facilitators’ relevant experience for this workshop;
    • the learning goals and outcomes for the workshop;
    • plans for the interactive and creative use of the workshop time; 
    • the literatures, methods, and evidence that serve as the foundation for the workshop;
    • and indication of the preferred length (3 or 6 hours);
  • an abstract of the pre-conference (up to 150 words) to be included in the program; and
  • up to 5 keywords identifying the pre-conference workshop topic.

[Go to Pre-Conference Workshop Review Criteria]              [Go to Proposal Submission Form -- Handout: Submitting a Proposal]              [Go back to top]


Mentored Projects will be at the center of a 3-hour pre-conference workshop, Wednesday, October 12, where newcomers to SoTL work in a small group with an experienced SoTL scholar on the development of their project. Mentees are expected to give a 10-minute presentation of their project idea during the workshop and actively engage in the review and feedback on all presented projects. 

Mentored projects:

  • should be based on a specific idea or question based on the mentee's own teaching and in the early stages of development;
  • will be included in the poster session - acceptance of a mentor project implies inclusion in the poster session (no separate poster submission necessary);
  • further details about the mentor sessions will be communicated after acceptance by August 2016.

Mentored project submissions should include the following:

  • the name(s) of the scholar(s), their institutional affiliations, and contact information;
  • a designation of the poster presenter(s);
  • the title of the project; 
  • a proposal (up to 750 words, with proposer's name removed for review) that includes
    • the question/idea to be investigated;
    • subject area, student population, teaching environment of the mentee's class(es) to be considered in the project;
    • previous pedagogy and teaching experience with the relevant class(es), if any;
    • steps completed so far, if any;
    • challenges/questions encountered or anticipated;
    • any sources, methods, and evidence considered; 
  • an abstract of the project (up to 150 words) to be included in the program; and
  • up to 5 keywords identifying the project topic.

[Go to Mentored Projects Review Criteria]              [Go to Proposal Submission Form -- Handout: Submitting a Proposal]              [Go back to top]


Proposal Submission Form -- Handout: Submitting a Proposal

Download

  • Flyer with Call for Proposals and Conference Themes [pdf, double-sided, color, 11x17, printable to 8.5x11, 6.5MB - smaller version of 3MB here
  • Review Criteria, all in one file

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