Call for Proposals

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The Call for Proposals is now closed.

Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent by February 28.

2017 Conference Theme

Inspiring the Future of Teaching and Learning: What’s Next?


As the Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning celebrates its tenth year, we seek to highlight the topics within teaching and learning that served to motivate this annual gathering. This year’s theme of “Inspiring the Future of Teaching and Learning” will build upon the lessons of the past ten years to help prepare us for what is on the horizon within the next ten years. We aim to showcase those whose research into teaching and learning has taken a forward-thinking approach by reimagining new ideas for what is possible in the 21st-century university classroom.

The topic of student engagement is no less important today than it was ten years ago as students have even more choices competing for their time and attention. Ten years later, educators continue to search for scalable, evidence-based models of impactful teaching and learning that prepare  students for careers that may not even exist yet. In order to do this, the educational community continues to work on issues of developing students to become lifelong learners so they can be successful in their next ten years and beyond.

Within these strands, we invite innovative proposals on the following teaching and learning topics:

  • Student engagement
  • Evidence-based teaching and learning
  • Preparing students for the future
  • Fostering lifelong learning
  • Student success

Proposal Criteria

All proposals are peer and blind reviewed by the Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning Planning Committee using the following criteria. 

  1. Relevance of Topic: Is the topic of importance and/or interest to a broad audience from different disciplines and institutional settings? Does the session have a compelling title and description that clearly aligns with the conference theme?
  2. Research Base: Does the author present an applicable research-base and/or a theoretical foundation that supports the session content, evidenced by relevant citations?
  3. Learning Objectives: Are the session learning objectives or outcomes reasonable and clearly defined?
  4. Session Strategy and Agenda: Does the session include specific strategies for modeling best practices in teaching and learning? Does the session provide opportunities to engage session attendees in active and collaborative learning experiences? 
Proposals are selected to ensure the conference program offers a comprehensive treatment of topics that align with the conference theme.

Directions for submitting a proposal

Internet connections can be disrupted at times, resulting in loss of material when completing an online submission. In order to best facilitate your proposal submission, have the following information ready in a Word or text file format when you start the submission process. You can then paste this information into the proposal submission online form when you are ready to do so.

  • Name and contact information for yourself and any additional co-presenters/authors.
  • Proposed Title (15-word maximum)
  • Abstract (maximum of 75-words) - Please give an overview with a compelling rationale for the session content and approach. This description will appear in the conference program.
  • Session Overview (500 words) - Please elaborate on the rationale for the session content, describe how it aligns with the conference theme and focus areas, explain the significance for a broad audience, include relevant research and/or theoretical foundation, and identify learning objectives or outcomes.
  • Session Agenda and Activities (150 Words) - Please include a description of teaching and learning strategies, participant engagement activities, and proposed times for each segment of the session. We encourage you to limit lecture to a maximum of 15-20 minutes at a time to allow ample time for participant interaction. If you are applying for a poster session only, you may skip this section.
  • List of Relevant Citations (complete in APA or alternative disciplinary citation format)