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Call for Proposals is Open until May 5, 2017

                                                      

The 29th Annual Meeting will bring together innovative higher education and technology leaders who are improving the quality and access to postsecondary education.           
                     
Higher Education edtech leaders and practitioners from across the U.S., Canada, and beyond attend WCET’s premiere Annual Meeting.     
                      
Attendees ignite and share ideas to improve education and to connect with a higher education community of professionals using technology to advance effective learning.  The program is a blend of formal presentations and loosely organized informal discussions to foster idea exchange and networking.

Presenters are encouraged to minimize the use of PowerPoint unless necessary, i.e. significant amount of data points to share.

Submission steps:
  1. View a PDF of the proposal requirements. Learn more about WCET's innovative approaches for 2017 on the Frontiers Blog.
  2. Existing users and new users, click login or create a new user profile. From here you can login, request new password, or create a new profile by clicking "New user? Click here."
  3. Click "proposals."
  4. Click "add new."

Timeline:

  • Deadline for proposal submissions: May 5, Midnight MDT
  • Notifications sent out via email: Late May




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WCET Topics for 2017             
Proposals can be formal, tightly organized submissions or loosely organized 'unconference' topics. Unconference topics are attendee driven discussions facilitated by a leader. Proposals are encouraged but not limited to the following topics:
           
Emerging technologies: Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, simulations, Open Educational Resources, etc. 
             
Institutional success: scalable models, innovative collaborations, managing compliance, student authentication and proctoring, vendor partnerships, supporting faculty for 21st century teaching, next generation analytics decision-making.
             
New models: including CBE, personalized learning, learning design, adaptive learning, alternative credentials, pilots, lessons learned, good practices, etc. 
             
Student perspectives: sessions which include student perspectives are highly encouraged whether in person or virtual. 
             
Student success: how edtech can enhance access, inclusion, retention, and completion. Creative institution/workforce partnerships, real-world learning outside the classroom.
             
Policies and regulations impacting students learning with technology: accreditation, financial aid, student identity verification, military students, state authorization.

Failed attempt spotlight: Attendees learn as much, if not more, from failed attempts.  Share your experiences and lessons learned. We tried it, we failed, and here is what we learned. 

            
Session Formats 
Please list your preference in the submission process. The program coordinators will make the final determination of the ideal format for the session material submitted. Program coordinators may re-work your proposal to combine it with another proposal on a related topic. WCET attendees find value in sessions which include multiple perspectives addressing a topic.

Formats are as follows:

Preconference Workshop: The preconference workshops are in-depth half-day workshops that focus on an emerging issue, trend, or topic in technology-enhanced learning in higher education. The workshops provide attendees with the knowledge and tools they need to return to their institutions prepared to offer solutions or implement a new program. 1-2 preconference workshops will be selected.

Panel:  A panel consists of a moderator and two to three speakers (max) making a single, cohesive presentation on the same topic. Speakers represent different institutions/organizations, expertise, or points of view. Student perspectives are encouraged.

Solo Presentation: Solo presentations spotlight edtech subject matter experts and innovators on a specific topic.

Facilitated Group Discussion: One or two individuals act as the discussion leaders. They give a brief introduction of the topic or issue and then facilitate an informal discussion among the audience members. The topic can be controversial and/or have broad appeal that will elicit dialogue among the audience. 

EdTech Meet-up Demos: One-on-one interaction using a table-top demonstration which provokes thoughtful discussion and fosters idea sharing between attendees and presenters. The practice and technology demos are tabletop displays and occur in conjunction with the morning and afternoon refreshment breaks and remain on display throughout one day of the conference.

Unconference Session: Sessions are loosely organized and could include: roundtable discussions, Ignite or Pecha Kucha presentations, or other. The topic, organizer(s), and format are determined upon proposal submission.

Other: Have a suggestion for a format not listed? Your suggestions are encouraged. 
Sponsors and Corporate Members
Edtech companies and WCET Corporate Members are invited to submit proposals which include client perspectives as regular concurrent sessions as listed above. They will be reviewed with the same consideration as other submissions, provided they are not specifically a demo or plug of the product or service. Sponsor session slots are provided to leader level and above and do not need to be submitted through the call for proposal system. The sponsor sessions are separate from the initial call for proposals. If you are interested in participating in a sponsor session, please email WCET staff for more information and view the benefits and opportunities.