Presenter Guidelines

Acceptance notices will be sent on or before January 29, 2016


All concurrent sessions will last 45 minutes. Each presentation room will be equipped with a PC, a video projection device, and a screen. Please note that Internet access is available. Limited technical support will be available if you need assistance.

FishBowl presentation

A. Submit a 300 word overview of the topic to Melanie Clay by email no later than February 29, 2016. This will be posted in the conference website.

B. Instructions for delivering your FishBowl presentation.

  • Frame the opening of the conversation (this should take you no more than 5 minutes).
  • Keep the conversation from getting too far off track (but don't really moderate).
  • Submit a written summary of ideas learned within 1 hour after the end of the session (this will be posted to the conference website).

The FishBowl works as follows. Your presentation room will be set up with a circle of 8 chairs in the center of the room. There will be two more circles of chairs around this central circle. Only those in the center circle can talk. You can ask for volunteers or select people from your audience. There will always be an empty chair in the circle. When someone from the outer circle wants to join the conversation, they may go and sit in the empty chair. When they sit down, someone else in the inner circle should leave so that there is always an empty chair left. As the facilitator, you may also select people to go and join the conversation.

Accepted papers will be due by February 29, 2016.

Your paper will be published in the Distance Learning Administration Annual Proceedings, and will be considered for the Best Paper Awards and invitation for publication in The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.

  1. Use single spacing for body text. Time or New Times Roman font, and 10 point type, flush left.
  2. Title should be Times or Times New Roman, 16 point type, bold and centered.
  3. Author name(s) and affiliation should be centered, plain text, starting three spaces below the title. The affiliation should be below the author's name. Skip one line between authors, and then two lines after the authors before starting paper.
  4. Do not put the word abstract in bold.
  5. Keep everything flush left, except title, authors, and affiliations. Headers should be in BOLD.
  6. Do not underline anything. Use italics instead.
  7. If you have tables and figures, include them within the paper, NOT on separate pages. Do provide a separate copy of figures and illustrations in a graphics format (GIF or JPEG). Limit to three tables and figures, please.
  8. Don't indent or tab the first line of a paragraph. Create a blank space above and below each paragraph.
  9. Any reference should be at the end of your paper, using APA style.
  10. Set all margins to 1 inch.
  11. Do not number your pages.


There are no length requirements or restrictions. However, your paper will ideally be between 400 and 1600 words. We reserve the right to edit lengthy papers to meet space limitations.

Author Affiliation and Address

At the end of the paper, put the names, positions, affiliations, addresses and email addresses of each author. This should go after the references, with one space between the references and the authors, and no heading.

Lucy Smith is the Director of Distance Education at Florida State College, Cleartown, Florida 33333. Email:


Submit via email to, Send your paper as an email attachment in Microsoft Word if possible. Be sure to include any graphic files that may appear in your paper separately in GIF or JPEG format.


If your manuscript has not been previously published, either in whole or in part, you agree, by submission of your manuscript and as a condition of publication, to assign copyright of the material to the Distance Learning Administration Conference. However, publication in the Distance Learning Administration Annual Proceedings does not preclude your offering the materials for subsequent consideration for publication by other journals. If your manuscript has been previously published, either in whole or in part, you are reminded that it is your responsibility to obtain formal approval in writing from the copyright holder for the publication of the materials, and to make appropriate and full acknowledgement of the copyright holder in the manuscript for publication.

Conference Registration

Online conference registration begins November 1st. You should register online as soon as possible or by March 25th, 2016. In order to receive early registration rate, we must have registration and payment by March 25th, 2016. Hotel registration at the Jekyll Island Resort is available by calling 912-635-2600. A conference hotel rate of $139 per night is available. We suggest that you make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure that you get a room. You should reference Distance Learning Administration Conference/University of West Georgia in order to get conference rates.