Innovative educators are invited to SUBMIT A PROPOSAL to present at the Fall 2021 On Course National Conference. Be part of the excitement of this professional development event for learner-centered educators! QUESTIONS? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your proposal directly from this web page. Simply fill in the form (below) and click the “submit” button.
Deadline for submitting Proposal: September 13, 2021
To read session descriptions from last year’s program, click HERE.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Proposals Committee’s priority is to ensure that the sessions offered are excellent models of learner-centered designs that empower students to become active, responsible and effective learners. The Committee will give the highest consideration to session proposals that include complete Design Outlines and that have been previously presented, assessed, and revised. The Committee seeks session proposals of the following four types:
1) Strategies Sessions: One or more facilitators leading an active learning strategy. (The majority of conference sessions will be of this type.)
In Strategies Sessions, facilitators will lead participants through a learner-centered experience designed to empower students to become active, responsible learners. (Session leaders will not be reading papers or presenting a lecture.) Activities might be creative adaptations of On Course strategies or strategies designed by the presenter to actively engage students in their learning. Sessions may be either 60 or 90 minutes in length (your choice).
Example Titles from Previous Conferences:
- Cooperative Learning in the College Classroom
- Promoting Students’ Emotional Effectiveness
- From Seabiscuit to Dr. Suess: Strategies for At-Risk Students
- Spreading Creator Talk with Parables
- STEM Program: Helping Students Achieve Success in Math and Science
- Student Learning Outcomes for College Success
- How to Write an Effective Case Study
- Taking your Course Online
- The Personal Responsibility Game: Changing Victims into Creators
- Journaling for Academic Success
- Overcoming Math Anxiety
- Teaching Success with Hollywood Movies
Click HERE to read session descriptions from last year’s program!
2) Program Sessions: One presenter, as part of a panel, describing an innovative student success program or initiative.
In these informational sessions, presenters will be allotted 15 minutes to share the experiences and outcomes of an On Course or other learner-centered program or course that has evidence (e.g., data, student testimonials, etc.) of improved student outcomes (e.g., retention, academic success, shift in student attitudes and/or effort, etc.). The Proposal Committee will combine each presenter with one or two others to form a panel. Two-person panels will present in a 60-minute session, with 30 minutes for discussion and Q&A (facilitated by an On Course Ambassador). Three-person panels will present in a 90-minute session, with 30 minutes for discussion and Q&A (facilitated by an On Course Ambassador). Panelists should provide sufficient information that attendees can replicate the program at their campus. Remember to include a learner-centered activity.
- On Course with TRIO students
- First Year Success at Compass College
- On Course & Learning Communities
- Getting Students Off Probation and On Course to Graduation
- Developmental Students: Increasing Retention with On Course
- Adult Trait Hope Scale: How On Course Affects Students’ Hope
- Incorporating Service Learning in Your Course or College
Click HERE to read session descriptions from last year’s program
3) Poster Sessions: One or more facilitators explaining the results of a strategy, program, or tool using a visual display.
Poster Session presentations take the form of an exhibit and are delivered primarily through the use of graphs, diagrams, pictures, data, and narrative text displayed on posters. During their assigned time period, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference participants by making brief remarks, sharing information, and answering questions about the presentation topic. Presenters are encouraged to consider including a (very) brief activity that engages the participants. Conference participants are free to move from one presentation to another during the Poster Session. Presenters are encouraged to have ample handout materials available for participants. PLEASE NOTE that electrical outlets will not be available for Poster Sessions. Poster Sessions cannot accommodate equipment other than a presenter-provided, battery-operated laptop and the poster display itself. A table will be provided.
Example Poster Session description:
Ready, Set, Click!
Clickers are designed to elicit student participation in classrooms. This Poster Session, through the use of charts and graphs, demonstrates how clicker questions in a for-credit information literacy course increase student participation and engagement. In addition, the benefits and drawbacks of the personal response systems are displayed and discussed.
4) Special Sessions: One or more facilitators exploring…?
If you have an idea for a special session that doesn’t fit the criteria for a Strategies or Program Session, here’s your opportunity to be creative. Special Sessions may be either 60 or 90 minutes in length (your choice).
We will accept submission proposals for the 2021 Fall conference beginning in August 2, 2021.
- September 13, 2021: Final deadline for submitting Proposals
- September 20, 2021: Notification of proposal acceptance
- September 27, 2021: Presenters must complete their registration for the Conference
- October 8, 2021: The Conference
Proposal Submission Form
We will send an email confirmation when we receive your proposal. If you do not receive an email confirmation from the conference office within 72 hours, please email us at email@example.com. If you do not receive a confirmation, we cannot guarantee that we have received and reviewed your proposal.
Fill in the spaces below and click the “Submit” button at the bottom.
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Before submitting your proposal, please create it in a Word or Google document first, save it and then paste it into the fields. In case any errors arise, we would hate for you to lose your work.
As a reference, click HERE to read session summary descriptions from last year’s program!