Call for Proposals

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology! This year’s Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020. The Call for Proposals for the 2020 Symposium was open from 10/1/2019 to 11/18/2019 and is now closed. 

We are offering two webinars to help you write a successful and impactful presentation proposal. These webinars will be offered on Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, November 6 via Zoom from 12-1:00 p.m. ETBring us your awesome ideas, and we’ll make sure you’re ready to share them with Symposium attendees. The Proposal Rubric is used for scoring and is based upon the long session description (250 words max) in the proposal submission form. 

Please contact Amy Kuntz ( with questions regarding the proposal submission process or the webinars.



This call welcomes all proposals for a general TLT track, covering a broad range of topics demonstrating the valuable and innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. Submissions are also being accepted for a World Campus track, offering the latest in Penn State’s innovation in online teaching and learning, as well as a University Libraries track, exploring collaboration, information literacy, and the research process.


Focus Areas

Focus areas are new for the 2020 Symposium and include the following:

Adapt & Advance

  • Do you want to share the practical applications of your work and lead a discussion for its adaptation outside of your domain?
  • How do you see your work advancing your field, other fields, or the academy?

Collaborate & Connect

  • How have you worked outside of your field to form interdisciplinary partnerships? What projects have resulted from these partnerships?
  • Would you like to share your work/innovations and solicit connections for future partnerships?
  • Do you want to connect with others to network surrounding around a specific research area / big idea / classroom experience / new opportunity?

Immerse & Inspire

  • What innovative technologies exist to transform the learning? How are you using these technologies to inspire students in the classroom?
  • What research has been done to inspire others to adopt these practices?   

Appreciate & Anticipate

  • What big idea came to fruition institutionally? How have you made a large vision a reality on your campus?  
  • What technology is at the forefront of adoption in higher education? How are you creating capacity to support innovation?  
  • What is on the cusp for the future of learning at Penn State?  

Or you can allow us to align your proposal to a focus area.


Session Types & Formats

  • Concurrent Session (A traditional 30 minute session that runs throughout the day and includes individual presentations, group presentations, and panel/open discussions)
  • Discovery Session (Host a Discovery Table where you can share your new ideas, opportunities, or research in an interactive and informal way. Each host will be provided with a table and is asked bring his/her own laptop.  Wireless Internet will also be available. The Discovery Session will take place at the end of the day.)
  • Session Formats:
    • Individual Presentation (One person presenting, 1 microphone)
    • Group Presentation (Two to four people presenting with one person presenting for the group at a time, multiple microphones provided)
    • Panel Discussion (Two to three panelists and one panelist/moderator seated at a table, multiple microphones provided)
    • Open Discussion Sessions (One facilitator, 1 microphone)

The TLT Symposium will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College. The Penn Stater is located at 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803.