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Proposal Submissions

The ELI Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for those interested in learning, learning principles and practices, and learning technologies to explore, network, and share. When preparing your proposal, carefully read the information below before completing the form online.

2016 Annual Meeting Theme

Crafting Our Future: Towards New Digital Learning Environments

Never have there been more options and possibilities for the outfitting of our digital learning environments. New options and digital resources for personalization, hybrid models, active learning spaces, and learning collaborations abound, bringing opportunities but also challenges. Join your colleagues as we collectively make sense of the new possibilities for learning in the post-course era.

Together, we'll explore these and other questions:

  • What are the best methods and techniques that promote innovation and creative thinking to support student learning?
  • How can we best engage with our faculty and instructors to explore new course models?
  • What technology tools and approaches can we deploy to promote engagement in student learning?
  • What tools and research methods do we need to evaluate our efforts in this new environment?
Suggested Content Anchors*
  • Academic transformation
  • Accessibility
  • Assessment of student learning
  • Evaluating technology-based instructional innovations
  • Faculty development
  • Learning analytics
  • Learning space designs
  • LMS services
  • Mobile learning
  • Online and blended learning

*These Content Anchor topics (as voted on by over 630 community members), constitute the thematic framework for the 2016 Annual Meeting. Since they represent the areas of keenest interest across the teaching and learning community, proposals that address one or more of these themes will receive highest priority.

Learning Objectives and Participant Engagement Strategies

The ELI proposal reviewers will closely examine and rate each proposed session's learning objectives and participant engagement strategies, which must clearly articulate what attendees will know or be able to do as a result of participating in the session. A successful proposal must also include the specific ways in which the presenter(s) will engage with participants through active learning strategies that promote deeper learning. The ELI encourages these values at all its events, as well as innovative and participatory session design, the creative use of technology, and active engagement by all attendees.

Session Types

Preconference Seminars (face-to-face or online)

These in-depth seminars provide thorough exploration of a topic, practice, or technology, and require presenters who have an deep understanding and experience. Participants pay an additional fee to attend preconference seminars. Each seminar presenter (maximum of 2) will be provided with a full complimentary registration to the annual meeting.

Preconference seminars to be held:

  • Tuesday, February 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT, face-to-face in San Antonio
  • Tuesday, February 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT, for the virtual meeting

If you have any questions, please contact the Presenter Liaison at

Presentation Session

Please note your presentation session proposal will be carefully evaluated and may be accepted for any of the following presentation formats below, depending on scope of content and engagement strategies proposed. If you have any questions, please contact the Presenter Liaison at

  • Interactive Presentations (face-to-face or online): These are 45-minute long sessions where presenters allocate 15 to 20 minutes to engage the audience. Interactive presentations are opportunities to present in detail on a project.
  • Short Presentation Pairs (face-to-face or online): Presentations pairings include two 15-minute presentations followed by a 15-minute question/discussion period. Presentation sessions will be paired by the ELI annual meeting program team, based on the content anchor associated with the proposal. Proposals should be for one presentation only. Presentation pairs are highly visible, and highlight pioneering practices by giving institutions a spotlighted venue with condensed presentation time. Please note these are NOT poster sessions.
  • Hands-On Workshop (face-to-face only): Workshops are 45-minute sessions where participants experience technology or pedagogical practices first hand. Presenters guide a hands-on, tutorial-like experience using applications and resources. Participants are asked to bring mobile devices (e.g., smart phone, tablet, laptop) to the session in order to fully participate and to learn how an emerging, innovative technology or practice works. Workshop room sets include a hard drop Internet connection at the podium, sound patch, projector, and screen. Presenters are responsible for providing any additional technologies needed to ensure an engaging hands-on experience.

Poster Sessions (face-to-face and Digital Poster Gallery)

Posters give attendees and presenters the opportunity to share and examine problems, issues, and solutions in a more casual, personal environment through informal, interactive, brief presentations focused on effective practices, research findings, or technical solutions. Poster sessions will also be included in the online conference program through the Digital Poster Gallery. The standard setup for a poster includes a 6' skirted table, wireless Internet access, and boards.

Corporate Participation

Researchers with corporate affiliation are welcome to submit proposals, either on their own or in collaboration with campus partners. These proposals must demonstrate very clearly that the presentation will report on objective, product-independent research. The presentation's subject must be of wide and general interest to the teaching and learning community, independent of any local vendor relationships and marketing interests. The proposal and subsequent session should NOT include references to products or product promotion. The proposal must make it clear that the session demonstrates thought leadership, addressing key challenges and themes universal to innovation in teaching and learning.

Publishing Agreement

By accepting the offer to present at the ELI Annual Meeting, presenters agree to the ELI Publishing Permission Agreement, which applies an Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) Creative Commons license to any work produced. You will be asked to agree to these terms at the time you submit your proposal. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Veronica Diaz.


Selection Criteria

All submitted proposals are reviewed and evaluated by the ELI Annual Meeting Program Committee and invited readers against the following criteria:

  • The relevance of the proposed session to this year's content anchors
  • Relevance of the ideas, innovations, and methods to other institutions
  • Clarity and appropriateness of the learning objectives for the session
  • Effectiveness and appropriateness of active learning and audience engagement strategies proposed for the session
  • Faculty members, full-time instructors, or students as co-presenters
  • Quality, clarity, and economy of the written proposal
  • Evidence of supporting research or assessment
  • Team involvement, either from one or more institutions


Save the Dates

The Call for Proposals is now closed. The ELI Annual Meeting is February 2-4, 2016, in San Antonio and online.


Important Dates

  • Proposal Deadline:
    August 18
  • Presenters Notified:
    Week of September 21
  • Registration Opens:
    November 3

Venue Options

Indicate your presentation venue preference:

  • Face-to-face meeting program
    The session will be presented face-to-face in San Antonio.
  • Virtual meeting program
    Live, synchronous sessions are offered to the online audience only and are conducted through Adobe Connect. Presenters may conduct their session from the virtual conference broadcast center in San Antonio or may present off-site. Sessions are recorded for later viewing. [Sample Adobe Connect recording]

Annual Meeting Fees

Presenters are responsible for annual meeting fees, with the exception of student presenters. ELI will provide complimentary registration for up to two full-time undergraduate or graduate student presenters per session.

ELI strives to draw the best possible presentations for the annual meeting, regardless of source. To support this goal, presenters selected from non–ELI member institutions register at the member rate for the annual meeting.

Registration opens November 3.

Upload Resources

Prior to the Annual Meeting*, please upload session materials, handouts or other resources to the ELI website so they are accessible to meeting participants.

To upload resources:

  1. Log in with your EDUCAUSE username and password
  2. Click "Manage Your Profile"
  3. Click the "Presentations" tab
  4. Click the "Upload" link for your session

Please know when using this feature:

  • Any files you upload will be visible to the public, including your session attendees.
  • Resources uploaded here will be archived in the EDUCAUSE Resource Center.

*If you are not able to post your materials in advance, please post them immediately after the annual meeting.

For Assistance

For questions or assistance on submitting a session proposal please contact: