Submission Deadline: February 28th

The Emerging Learning Design Conference (ELDc) 2018 is accepting proposals for it’s 8th annual conference (#ELD18) to be held May 31 – June 1st, 2018, on the campus of Montclair State University. Submissions must follow the instructions of their respective session category. All submissions will be subjected to double-blind peer review.
In light of recent events, Emerging Learning Design (ELD) is announcing a new call for proposals for the 2018 conference, “From Learner Centered to Learner Experience (LX)” with three new keywords added to the program: (1) New Media; (2) Trends vs. Fads; (3) Media Literacy.
ELDc 18 is accepting three different kinds of session proposals:

Concurrent Session

The traditional and familiar presentations at conferences, are 45-minutes long, including Q&A and can be done individually, as a group, or as a panel.  Our expectation, however, is that your presentation will depart from the very traditional “read a paper” strategy.  Proposals aimed at this session type should include information that assures reviewers the time will be well spent, accomplishing explicitly stated goals for the audience.  At least 5 minutes should be budgeted for questions or discussion at the end of the session (though proposals that make room for interaction with the speaker throughout the presentation are encouraged.)

Workshop Session

These sessions are 90 minutes (including a small break at the half way point) and should be focused on practical demonstrations or activities to develop attendees’ facility with particular concepts, technology, or pedagogy.  Reviewers will be prioritizing proposals that focus on readily implementable projects and workshops that can reasonably promise to teach the audience usable skills or techniques during the workshop itself.  We encourage proposals that can accommodate audience input or feedback during the workshop (e.g., that allow attendees to apply your ideas to their issues or content, to explore it in contexts relevant to attendees.)

Sparks! Session

These sessions are 5 minute ‘mini-keynote’ presentations delivered in the main conference room to all conference attendees.  Although short, these presentations have the opportunity to be very dynamic and engaging to the audience.  Because they are held in the main conference room with all attendees, presenters in the Sparks! session have an opportunity to reach a wider audience than with the other session types. As with all presentation, the revise-and-resubmit model of reviewing will allow us to help craft your presentation to make it as impactful and engaging in the brief presentation format.  For previous attendees who are familiar with the Ignite! session, the Sparks! sessions do not require that presenters use timed powerpoint slides limited to 20 slides for 15 seconds each.  Sparks! presenters may utilize their desired presentation platform but are still limited to a 5-minute presentation.  

Submission Instructions

ELD uses a “rolling submission” model for proposals: every proposal will be reviewed and given feedback within 2-3 weeks of submission. Your submission will either be accepted or you’ll be provided feedback from our reviewers and offered an opportunity to revise and resubmit. We’ll continue this process of accepting or giving constructive feedback to proposals until all presentation slots are filled. Submissions will still be accepted after the submission deadline, but they will be considered in the second round of proposals.  We will work with those who submitted by the deadline and then look toward later submissions to complete the program, should presentation slots still be available. 

Why this model? Two main reasons: we seen that having revise-and-resubmit cycles make our conference’s presentations the best they can be for our attendees, and accepting excellent proposals as they arrive is a great way to let our prospective audience know what to look forward to even before the whole program is finalized. In addition, this model is easier on our reviewers as we don’t get a rush of proposals on deadline day.

  • Submissions should be written in English and follow the guidelines and best practices.
  • Submission Deadline: Rolling
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