Dear TxDLA Member,
The Call for Proposals is now open for the 2017 TxDLA Conference, “The Spirit of Adventure: 20 Years of Exploring Uncharted Territories,” March 28-31 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX.
Throughout the years, the field of distance education has led to many successful and unexpected adventures. As TxDLA members, we celebrate creating new pathways in distance learning to meet the needs of the modern lifelong learner. Increasing demand to support the need falls to experienced professionals who bravely explore uncharted territories, learn from past journeys, and envision new educational routes.
Playing off this theme, the 20th Annual 2017 TxDLA Conference will present a variety of topics and activities that support those courageous explorers, pushing distance education through uncharted territories. Sessions focus on trends in educational technology, innovative and best practice, research, accessibility & universal design, cybersecurity and data analytics, faculty & student support, PK-12, educational outreach & workforce development, administration, leadership & policy, gamification & virtualization, and more.
Types of Proposals Needed:
- Pre-conference workshops are offered as a vehicle to get the conference started, set the stage for the conference theme, and discuss relevant issues. These 2 ½ hour workshop sessions allow presenters to go in-depth into a topic or skill and include time for questions, discussions, and practice. The pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, March 28th. You will be asked if you prefer to hold your workshop in the morning or in the afternoon. (2 ½ hours) – Submit a Proposal Now
- Concurrent sessions provides an opportunity for you to give interactive presentations in one or more of the conference tracks. Attendees will be seated in a classroom or theatre-style setting and will expect sessions to provide practical advice and the sharing of experiences. (50 minutes). See below for various types of concurrent sessions. – Submit a Proposal Now
Types of Concurrent Sessions:
- Single presenter or multiple co-presenters. Attendees prefer high-quality, thought-provoking and interactive sessions, not lecture format. Co-presenters are encouraged.
- BYOD Hands-on sessions allow participants to gain experience using a specific piece of technology. Attendees will bring their own device allowing them to practice the concepts or skills you present. Presenters must communicate any special hardware or software needs within the abstract of the proposal form, so the attendees will be prepared for the session. Co-presenters are encouraged.
- Panel discussions group together two or more experts who lead a discussion on a specific topic. You may recruit your own colleagues to form a panel if you like or suggest a panel to be formed. If the program committee sees that your proposal matches well with another, they may contact you to ask if you would be willing to join a panel session.
- Rapid Fire presentations group together three speakers who present different perspectives or different aspects of a topic. Each rapid fire session will consist of multiple presenters with 10-15 minutes to present a topic or area of interest. The program committee will match proposals submitted to create a cohesive rapid fire sessions. Presentations of preliminary research findings are encouraged to submit to a rapid fire session.
- Academic papers allow for a lecture-style presentation of original quantitative or qualitative research and scholarly writings in relation to distance education practices, administration, development of courses/program, etc. TxDLA Journal authors are encouraged to submit to the conference to present publish materials and engage members in research focused discussions.
Come discover the distance education adventure that explores beyond traditional learning. It’s an unforgettable experience you can’t afford to miss!