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Teaching and Learning with Technology is currently accepting proposals for the TLT Symposium held at the Penn Stater on March 21, 2015. The TLT Symposium is an excellent opportunity to share with the Penn State community the innovations you have explored over the past year. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by submitting a proposal to present your experiences. The RFP form will be available from Sept. 17 to Nov. 24.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Symposium Program Committee with notifications of acceptance being made available no later than mid-January.

Presentation Formats

The Symposium consists of four concurrent session time slots, with multiple presentations in each, throughout the day. Each session runs approximately 45 minutes with a 10-15 minute break between each session timeframe. The number of presentations offered during the concurrent session time frames are dependent on the number of high quality proposals that are submitted. To help you understand the various presentation formats please see the list below:

  • Individual Presentation (One person presenting, 1 microphone)
  • Group Presentation (One person presenting for the group at a time, 1 microphone provided)
  • Panel Discussion (2 or more people seated at a table, multiple microphones provided)
  • Hands-on Workshop (Audience engagement, no microphone provided)
  • Co-Presentations (2 separate but related presentations, multiple presenters, multiple microphones provided)
  • Open Discussion Sessions (high engagement, no technology)

When submitting your proposal you will need to identify the format of your presentation. Given that the Penn State community likes to see variety in the types of presentations that are given the day of the event, the Program Team will strive to balance the types of presentation formats to ensure a well rounded experience for the attendees.

What information will I need in order to submit my proposal?

  • Basic information about yourself (psu ID, mailing address, department, etc.)
  • Your co-presenters (with approximately 70 proposals submitted annually, it’s very difficult for us to add this information in later on)
  • Session information (format, abstract, and full description)
  • Tech Information (are you using the Penn Stater’s equipment or bringing your own?)

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals are rated on a scale of 1-4 based on the following criteria.

Criteria used in evaluating proposals include:

  • Quality of the proposal.
    • relevance of the topic (to teaching and learning)
    • clarity of expression
    • presentation objectives
    • professional quality of writing
  • A demonstrated impact on student learning.
  • Applicability of the topic across disciplines and locations.
  • Active learning strategies involved in the session
  • examples include: debates, small group discussions, audience polling.

Additional Items for consideration when writing your proposals:

Attendees want to see sessions that align with the descriptions. Your descriptions will be available to you prior the conference for your reference. Please do your best to ensure the proposal you submit aligns with the actual presentation you intend to give.

Symposium attendees have requested presentations that engage them in some manner. Preference may be given to proposals that promise interactive and engaging experiences for the attendees.

Here’s a Sample Abstract and Description

Title: Tradition and Innovation Walk into a Bar


MOOCS, digital badges, prior learning assessment, and competency-based learning can peacefully coexist—in higher education—at Penn State. The presenters will begin by zipping through Penn State’s experience with each, and proposing a model for applying them thoughtfully and purposefully. The last half of the session is reserved for lively discussion.

Full Session Description:

We begin with a quick review of the concept of “disruptive innovations” and then we look at Penn State’s experience with four of the most powerful, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Digital Badges, Competency-based Education (CBE), and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Bart Pursel, Research Project Manager in PSU’s Instructional Technology Services and unofficial “Data Steward” for Penn State’s MOOCs, will provide an overview of Penn State’s work with Massive Open Online Courses and will offer thoughts about the future of MOOCs. Chris Gamrat, (Instructional Designer in the College of IST, a doctoral student in the Learning, Design, and Technology Program, and Principal Investigator on the “Lifelong Learning Landscape” digital badging project), will describe the digital badging movement and the Penn State community’s involvement with digital badges. Pat Shope, (Penn State’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Coordinator) will fill us in on competency-based education and PLA progress at Penn State and other leading institutions. After these three five-minute reports, Kyle Peck (Professor of Education, TLT Fellow, and Co-Director of PSU’s Center for Online Innovation in Learning) will present a scenario in which these innovations are integrated, sharing free educational opportunities with massive audiences, reducing impediments to entry to our certificate and degree programs, boosting resident enrollments, and covering costs associated with our free educational opportunities. This should stimulate lots of conversation, making the good use of the last half of the session.