Submit a Proposal

We are no longer accepting proposals to present at the 2015 TLT Symposium.

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 Dec. 5.

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


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?)


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.


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.


Sample Abstract and Proposal


Active Learning Strategies for online education



Come join us for an engaging session focused on active learning strategies that can be implemented in your online course today.  Though investigative activities we’ll explore a variety of strategies that can make a significant impact on your students’ learning experience.


Full Session Description:

As educators we know that active learning is one of the strongest methods for engaging students while increasing their retention, yet it’s one of the most challenging methods to implement, especially in online environments.  This session will discuss strategies that can be implemented in your courses immediately to help foster a learning experience that have a significant impact for you and your students.

We’ll begin by taking a look at a basic online course, with a design and structure that is fairly common in online education.  Utilizing this basic design, attendees will divide into teams and will be given several minutes to develop or identify an active learning strategy that could have a significant impact.  Following this activity, we’ll go around the room and attendees will share their chosen strategy, their rationale for selecting it, and how they have implemented it.  We’ll also be discussing the potential impact that each strategy would have on the students’ interactions within the online course.

Finally we’ll reveal the learning strategies that were implemented to the exact same course design provided to the attendees. We’ll review our rationale for selecting the strategies that we did and discuss their overall impact on the course design and learning experience.