Presenter Information

Call for Proposals

The 2011 Educational Technology Leadership Conference will be held November 7 – 9 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The overall theme for this year's conference deals with virtual learning.

Virtual learning provides numerous options and opportunities for Virginia's school divisions, parents, and students. At the same time, virtual schools are accompanied by 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 virtual schools and courses. Examples of possible topics include:

  • Technologies and personnel required to operate a virtual school
  • Financial implications of starting and operating a virtual school
  • Role of partnerships in virtual schools
  • Rules and regulations associated with virtual schools
  • External providers and virtual courses
  • Corporate partners as a source of ideas and training for virtual courses

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 2011-15 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:


The deadline for conference proposals has been extended to Tuesday, October 25, 2011. The proposals must be submitted online only at: http://www.etlc11.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 one week after receipt of the proposal.

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