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Call for Proposals
for the 32nd Ann Ferren
Conference on Teaching,
Research & Learning


The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning, in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Online Officer and the Office of Academic Technology, invites session proposals for the 2021 Ann Ferren Conference, which will be held in virtual format on Friday, January 8, 2021.

The theme of the 2021 Conference is "Building Community." More than ever, building and nurturing the communities we are part of is all-important as we confront and navigate the many challenges in the world around us. Whether it be in the classroom, our workplace, or beyond, we look forward to hearing about how we can build a stronger and more resilient community.

Important Dates:

Propsoals Due: October 2, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: November 15, 2020
Registration Opens: December 1, 2020
Conference Date: January 8, 2021

Proposal Guidelines:

All sessions will be held online using Zoom. We welcome your ideas and innovation in terms of how to best deliver your session in a virtual format.

Instead of asking you to choose a pre-defined session format, we will ask you a number of specific questions as part of the proposal process, as well as solicit a statement about how you envision your session will be executed. Some questions you will need to think about include (1) how you are going to keep your audience engaged through interactive session components; (2) how you will engage your prospective audience in the weeks leading up to the conference; (3) whether you think the size of your audience matters, and if so, what size audience you think will best further the goals of your session; (4) what thematic “track” you would consider your session fitting into; and (5) whether you want to include an asynchronous component of your session (e.g. a pre-recorded presentation).

In addition, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • The proposed title of your session;

  • Your preferred session length (50 or 75 minutes) and timing (morning or afternoon);

  • The names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters

  • The goal, content, and main takeaways of your session (An abstract of up to 200 words – this will not be published, but is for proposal reviewers to read);

  • A short description of your session (50-60 words), which will appear in both the online and the printed conference program; and

  • 2-4 Session Learning Outcomes (Please refer to Bloom's Taxonomy for ideas and language tips.)





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