Call for Speakers
Do you have expertise on how technology can be used to create, enhance, or manage learning, training, or education initiatives? Then we encourage you to submit a presentation proposal for the 2017 Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase. More than 350 professionals attend this annual, day-long event.
This year, we have two types of sessions:
Click each link to learn more.
Click the links below to access the online proposal applications. All proposals must be complete and finalized by the extended deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017. The proposal review process will be completed approximately 1 month after the submission deadline.
Access the proposal application for a 50-minute, general session at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cetsgs2017.
Access the proposal application for a 5-minute, Learning Spark session at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cetsls2017.
Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General sessions will last 50 minutes and should address the effective use of elearning technologies. Our attendees vary in their years of experience, so we welcome presentations at all levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.
- Advice and “how to” information about selecting, implementing, or using elearning development or delivery tools (e.g., course development/authoring tools, LCMSs, LMSs, learning portals, webinar platforms)
- Case studies of how a learning technology solved a training problem
- Reviews, selection, or customization of off-the-shelf elearning content
- Interactive technologies for elearning (e.g., virtual learning environments, social applications, simulations, games)
- Mobile learning applications
- Program management strategies for elearning (e.g., planning, budgeting, estimating, ROI calculation, tracking, evaluation) and related software
- Rapid and traditional elearning development processes
Topics That Will Not Be Considered
- Strategies/solutions that are not related to elearning and supporting technology
- Human performance technology, documentation, and classroom-based learning solutions that do not highlight the use of technology to solve a problem
- Strategies/solutions that are contrary to elearning industry standards (e.g., SCORM, AICC, Experience API) or misuse elearning terminology. For a glossary of elearning terms, see https://www.td.org/Publications/Newsletters/Learning-Circuits/Glossary
- The target audience includes independent contractors and employees of corporations, non-profits, and academic institutions who fill roles such as instructional designers and developers, trainers, technical writers, training directors, content managers, and new media developers.
- Preference will be given to presentations that
- Show real-use cases of how elearning technologies were used to reach business objectives
- Incorporate demos, which are particularly appealing to our audience
- Are creative and include audience participation and discussion
- Reviews of elearning tools and advice for using specific technologies are definitely welcome.
- Don’t make your presentation a sales pitch for a product or service.
Learning Spark Sessions
What if you had the attention of elearning professionals across Chicagoland for 5 minutes? What would you say?
A Learning Spark is a 5-minute presentation using 20 slides that will automatically show for 15 seconds each. The goal is to inspire people—get them thinking and talking about both big and small ideas in elearning.
- Explain a new way to solve an old (or new) problem
- Challenge one accepted idea
- Give us insight into one perspective that we rarely see
- List two or three ways an experience on a project changed you
- Champion one cause or idea that you’re passionate about
- Tell us the one thing you know now that you wish you knew then
- Share a risk that you took and tell us why it was or wasn’t worth it
- Give a few pieces of advice to the elearning novice you once were
- Explain how to do something
- Explain how learning a discipline outside our field helped your elearning career
Note that while practical sessions are always helpful, don’t hesitate to tackle the big ideas. Be creative and have fun—if you’re having fun, we will too.
There are five primary guidelines for your proposal:
- It can reasonably fit into 5 minutes. Ideally, the session should introduce one primary idea and spend the remainder of the time supporting it.
- It must include 20 slides. Although the number of slides is set, you can use any content or format that you wish (e.g., one word per slide, all images, blank with different background colors, etc.). BUT there must be a connection between the slide and what you say while it is shown.
- It is helpful to the elearning community. The focus should be on elearning technologies, but other topics related to elearning in general will be considered.
- It must be interesting. This quality is subjective of course, but if the topic is interesting to you and your colleagues, it will probably be interesting to the community as well.
- It cannot be a marketing or a sales pitch for a company or any specific products.
If you’re curious about what other presentations in this format look like, check out the Ignite channel on YouTube.