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Call for Proposals

Now collecting proposals for waitlist

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 an advanced level of topics related to:

  • managing growth in distance education
  • training & support for distance instructors
  • support for distance students
  • budget and cost-benefit of distance education
  • marketing distance courses and programs
  • evaluation of distance courses and programs
  • distance learning ethics and copyright issues
  • organizational issues in distance education
  • striving for excellence

There are two types of workshops

Paper 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.

Fishbowl Dialogue Sessions

Your submission indicates your commitment to developing engaging questions and facilitating a discussion on your chosen topic. Your responsibilities are to:

  • provide a 50-word overview of the topic (which we will post to the conference website)
  • frame the opening of the conversation (this should take you about 10 minutes)
  • keep the conversation from getting too far off track (but don’t really moderate)

The FishBowl works as follows: You will provide a brief presentation (about 10 minutes) followed by prepared questions for audience discussion. These sessions last for 45 minutes.

Evaluation of Proposals

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 February 2, 2024.

Publication & Awards

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.

Conference Fee

Presenters must register by March 27, 2024. The conference fee for all presenters will be $475. This includes all conference activities and several meals.