The DLA Conference specifically addresses the needs of those who plan, manage, and support distance education activities. The conference invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on topics related to:
1. Paper Sessions
2. FishBowl Dialogue Sessions
Your submission indicates your commitment to preparing a written paper for the Proceedings and making your presentation (Paper Session) during the conference at a time and place assigned by the Conference Committee. Paper Sessions will last 45 minutes each, with at least 15 minutes allowed for interactivity and discussion, but other formats may be utilized. You may submit more than one proposal.
Your submission indicates your commitment to developing engaging questions and facilitating a discussion on your chosen topic.Your responsibilities are to:
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. Also, if your FishBowl proposal is selected, you will be provided with further guidelines about preparing for and structuring your session. These sessions last for 45 minutes.
For FishBowl topics, you should focus on critical issues for distance administrators. Think of something that people might feel passionately about. For example, if you chose the topic “Extrinsic Rewards to Promote Faculty Participation in Training,” you might begin by asking whether or not faculty should be paid to attend workshops as they prepare to teach online. The topic you select should also be one of familiarity to you in terms of your research or work experiences.
All proposals are due no later than December 15, 2015.
Proposals will be evaluated by the Conference Committee for relevancy to the field of distance learning administration; clarity; and usefulness of topic. Acceptance notices and instructions for submitting final papers will be sent by January 29, 2016.
Papers developed from accepted abstracts will be published in the printed conference proceedings, to be distributed to all paid attendees, and sold to others. All presented papers will be considered for Best Paper Awards within several categories. Award winning papers will be invited for publication in The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, and will also receive a certificate.
Presenters must register by March 25, 2016.The conference fee for all presenters will be $330. This includes all conference activities and several meals.