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Author Guidelines

Proposal Requirements

Further instructions and a worksheet for your submission are available in the Call for Proposals Guide. A word (.docx) proposal submission worksheet is available here.

1. Session Title. maximum of 70 characters. Copy and paste your title in the OCS.

2. Session Type (select one)

  • 90-minute workshop
  • 45-minute interactive session
  • 45-minute Conversation Café
  • 5-minute Ignite session
  • Digital poster presentation

3. Name(s) of Authors, Institutions and Biographies: include the names of all the authors, institutions and biographies (maximum 50 words per author). Copy and paste this information in the OCS (Open Conference System) so that it will appear in the Conference Program.

4. Description of the Session: max 250 words, including citations and references (max of 5). If you would like support in grounding your proposal in the teaching and learning scholarly literature, please contact Caitlin McClurg, Teaching and Learning Liaison Librarian at

5. Abstract: max 50 words. Copy and paste this into the OCS. It will be printed in the Conference Program if your proposal is accepted.

6. How the Session will encourage participant engagement and interaction: maximum 75 words;

applies only to the 90-minute workshop, 45-minute interactive session and 45-minute Conversation Café. If your session is a 5-minute ignite session or a digital poster presentation, leave this box blank.

7. Learning outcomes: list 2-3 outcomes of “At the end of this session, participants will be able to…”

8. Connection to Conference Theme: maximum 75 words

Include in this section how your proposal connects to the conference theme of creating a learning culture: conversations that matter in postsecondary learning and teaching.

9. Keywords: maximum of five(5)

10. Any comments to the Conference Director: such as special requirements. All rooms will be equipped with a computer, projector and screen; tables and chairs; and whiteboards. If you cannot make a certain day of the conference due to a teaching or travel commitment, please let the Director know. Every effort will be made to make accommodations. Copy and paste this in the OCS.

Proposal Selection Criteria

All proposals will be peer reviewed according to the following criteria. Also, please see the rubric.

  • The Proposal includes all of the required components (refer to the Proposal Requirements).
  • The topic would be of interest to the teaching and learning community.
  • The topic is relevant, significant, and applicable to a broad audience from a wide variety of disciplines.
  • The Proposal situates the topic within the scholarly literature (max. five references).
  • The Proposal demonstrates how it relates to the conference theme.
  • The Proposal states how the session will encourage participant engagement and interaction (with the exception of the 5-min ignite session and digital poster Proposals).
  • The Proposal states clear learning outcomes.

1. include the names of all the authors, institutions and biographies (maximum 50 words per author). Copy and paste this information in the OCS (Open Conference System) so that it will appear in the Conference Program.


Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another conference for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Director).

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.

  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.

  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  5. The text adheres to the proposal requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines/Proposal Requirements, which is found in About the Conference and also in the Call for Proposals Guide.

  6. For peer review purposes, authors' names are removed from the submission, with "Author" and year used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of authors' name, title, description, etc.

  7. All Microsoft Office documents (including Supplementary Files) have been saved by going to File and selecting Save As; click Tools (or Options in a Mac); click Security; select "Remove personal information from file properties on save"; click Save.

    Word 2013 instructions: click File; click Info; click Check for Issues; click Inspect to identify hidden content: Document Properties and Personal Information, click Remove All.

  8. All authors listed on the proposal are aware that the proposal is being submitted under their name(s).

  9. Include the names of all authors at the time of submission (add an author during Metadata step).

  10. All authors agree that if accepted, they will register and attend the conference to present their work at the designated time.


Copyright Notice

Authors who submit to this conference agree to the following terms:
a) Authors retain copyright over their work, while allowing the conference to place this unpublished work under a Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows others to freely access, use, and share the work, with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and its initial presentation at this conference.
b) Authors are able to waive the terms of the CC license and enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution and subsequent publication of this work (e.g., publish a revised version in a journal, post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial presentation at this conference.
c) In addition, authors are encouraged to post and share their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) at any point before and after the conference.

Privacy Statement


The names and email addresses entered in this conference site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this conference and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.