Presenter Information

Call for Proposals

The 2012 Educational Technology Leadership Conference will be held November 5 – 7 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The overall theme for this year's conference deals with e-learning leadership.

E-learning leadership opportunities are found throughout Virginia's school divisions. E-learning leaders often deal with a host of issues ranging from access and administration to safety and security.

The conference organizers are soliciting proposals for sessions dealing with approaches, options, opportunities, or issues associated with e-learning leadership. Examples of possible topics include:

  • E-learning technologies and personnel
  • Financial issues associated with e-learning
  • E-learning partnerships
  • Rules, regulations, and standards associated with e-learning
  • External providers of e-learning
  • Corporate partners as a source of ideas and training for e-learning

Proposals are also solicited for sessions that demonstrate successful or innovative projects and initiatives that use technology to improve and enhance student academic achievement, address 21st century skills and knowledge associated with information and communications technology literacy, or relate to one or more major components of Virginia's 2012-15 educational technology plan. Examples of possible topics include:

  • New and innovative uses of virtual or physical environments to support learning activities
  • Engaging students in learning through technology that reflects student learning styles, cultural backgrounds, and personal interests
  • Promoting an understanding of how to select and apply the most appropriate technology for communicating and problem solving as well as how to be creative and innovative.
  • Using authentic tools to extend student capabilities to perform functions that would be difficult, if not impossible, without technology
  • Using data, including real-time assessments, to inform instruction and decision-making

The proposals must be formatted as one of the following:

  • Lecture: 45-minute session led by one or more presenters, each addressing the audience independently
  • Panel discussion: 90-minute session with main presenter serving as a moderator interacting with copresenter panelists
  • Poster: 90-minute sessions in open environments, with presenters interacting informally with attendees who visit their stations
  • Demonstration: 45-minute formal presentation with a seated audience
  • Hands-on workshop: 105-minute focused hands-on session limited to a maximum of 25 participants

The ETL Conference targets technology leadership within school divisions and decision making that leads to meaningful technology and learning experiences. The conference traditionally features over 100 sessions sharing how technology is changing today's learning environment.

All conference information (e.g., call for proposals, hotel reservations, preliminary program, registration information, exhibitor information) will be posted at the following location:


Conference proposals accepted by Wednesday, October 24, 2012, will appear in the printed and online programs. Proposals received and accepted after that date will appear in the online program. Proposals should be submitted online at: http://www.etlc12.org/proposals.

Requests for additional information should be e-mailed to the Conference Chairperson at kpotter@vt.edu. The status of proposal acceptance will be e-mailed to the lead presenter approximately two weeks after receipt of the proposal.

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