Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations


March 8 – 10, 2017

Biola University


Engage, Encourage, Educate: Student Services for the 21st Century

Please review the following conference track information as a recommendation for your submission. Following are the requested submission guidelines.


Rationale: Personalized learning is one of the top buzzwords in education now; it suggests a host of different learning methods that are typically institution-driven. It is likely that learning will continue to be learner-driven where they control their learning and become not just consumers of content but active creators of content, building knowledge through collaboration and connectivity via smart phone apps. Students will be in control not only of when they learn, but will demand that they contribute to their learning through discussions and collaboration, creating content while doing so. This student-driven phenomenon suggests that schools and higher education institutions will need to respond by creating learning programs that acknowledge that the learner is seeking this kind of personalized learning experience.


Track 1 – Engage: Proposals submitted for this track should address components of best practices or innovative ideas that would enhance a student’s educational experience or administrative leadership. Presentations should be directed toward providing research into the area of online learning for the purpose of developing ideas for the online or hybrid classroom as well as for those providing leadership in online higher education as we seek to engage learners in the 21st century.


Topics suggested:

  • Application of current trends and innovations in teaching technologies
  • Identification of best practices in academic or administrative leadership
  • Consideration of methods for engaging learners in the online classroom


Track 2 – Encourage: Proposals submitted for this track should address issues related to whole-person formation. Additionally, presenters may consider discussing methods designed to encourage interaction with contexts of learning.


Topics suggested:

  • Current perspectives of formation in online courses
  • Adaptation of mobile, social, or in-context learning
  • Models for student persistence and motivation


Track 3 – Educate: Providing leadership in Christian or theological distance education requires that we continually seek those opportunities to level the playing field. Consequently, proposals submitted for this track should identify best practices for faculty or development.


Topics suggested:

  • Course design
  • Faculty training and development
  • Tech tips and tricks for the online/hybrid classroom


Submission Checklist

  • Title of Presentation
  • Presentation abstract of 10-25 words for inclusion in the program
  • Proposed conference track
  • Target audience (novice, intermediate, expert – faculty, staff, administration or multiple audiences)
  • Media Needs – please note the need for a computer, projector, internet access, etc.
  • Brief bio (15-30 words) of the presenter(s)


Selection Criteria

  • All information required by the Submission Checklist is provided.
  • Relevance to conference theme and conference tracks and meets the criteria of contributing to research, theory and/or practice.
  • Presenter Qualifications: Evidence of presenter experience with the topic being presented as demonstrated in the presenter bio.
  • Presentations with tangible outcomes and practical applications for the audience will be given special priority.

Please submit proposals in a timely fashion to Dr. Mary Lowe (