Call for Proposals

The UA System would like to thank everyon who submitted a proposal to present at the 9th Annual Scholars Institute, to be held May 17 & 18, 2016 in Huntsville, Alabama at the UAH campus. The call for proposals closed as of 5pm on March 13, 2016.

Scholars Institute events encourage a shared community of knowledge for implementing best practices into the use of technology in the teaching, learning, and research processes across all three UA System campuses. This year’s conference will continue with a strong emphasis from previous Institutes on the integration of technology into the Teaching and Learning environments. This year, we are expanding this focus to also solicit involvement from service groups who utilize technology to support faculty and students at our institutions. Review the 4 tracks listed below for topics of interest.

Presentation Formats Sought: Our conference committee seeks proposals in the form of Presentations, Workshops, Roundtable and Poster Presentations that address the conference tracks listed below.


Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, March 13, 2016

Conference tracks included below highlight topics that should emphasize in their premise outcomes of recent individual or collaborative research, application of, and effective practices for the following areas:

  • Reaching All Teaching & Learning Needs through the Utilization of Technology
    • Universal design of instruction help faculty utilize teaching methods that best serve students with diverse learning styles, abilities, ways of knowing, previous world experiences, and remote learning needs. Through implementation of technological tools, UDI creates multiple ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge as well as strongly promote interaction among and between faculty and students. In this conference track, presentations will focus on effective instructional techniques in the higher education geared toward enhancing student accessibility to the learning process. Presentations should cover the application of Universal Design of Instruction and/or Continuity of Instruction during crisis and focus on enhanced physical access to content, material delivery methods, varying types of information access, interaction components in the course, feedback, student evaluation procedures, and other relevant topics.
  • Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Research Paradigms
    • Presentations in this track should address and provide best practices on innovative teaching, learning and research paradigms in Higher Education. The SI committee this year has a particular interest this year in Mobile Learning/mlearning, Online Labs & Simulations, and other Innovative uses of technology in and out of the classroom.
  • Student Engagement and Retention
    • Presentations in this track should focus on increasing student engagement with the use of technological tools and devices, through active learning and collaborative exercises. These presentations may focus on student-to-student, student-to-material, and/or student-to-instructor interactivity and engagement. The committee is particularly interested in presentations on topics relating to gaming, case studies on increased student retention, the use of online simulations by individuals or groups, and other engagement tools and techniques. Tools for scholarship, organization and collaboration, and building and supporting a community of learners in-class and online will be included.
  • Faculty & Student Best Practices in Blended & Online Learning Environments
    • This track requests proposals that highlight meeting unique student and/or faculty needs across the various academic disciplines in hybrid, blended, flipped, and online instructional formats. Case studies within discipline-specific areas are encouraged, and collaborative and comparative presentations with colleagues in similar disciplines are sought.


Session Types 
  • Presentation (40 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion): Usually lecture format, this session type works well to share or demonstrate your content to the audience.
  • Panel (no more than 4 members) (50 minutes): This session type allows you to bring together a group of speakers who have a moderated discussion on your topic. They may also give brief presentations.
  • Roundtable Discussion (50 minutes): The roundtable discussion session allows you to facilitate an audience-driven group discussion on your topic.
  • Poster: The poster session displays your work to conference attendees throughout the conference in a common display area. During the poster session time (120 minutes), you can interact with the audience individually in the display area.
  • Workshop (50 minutes): The workshop format allows for hands-on activities with a small audience in a computer lab setting.


Please have the following information prepared when submitting a proposal:
  • Selected track
  • Preferred session type
  • Proposal title
  • Session Abstract/Objectives (100-200 words maximum)
  • Session Description (300-500 words)
  • Presenter(s) information (including brief biography, 200 words maximum)
  • A/V Needs. (Each room will be equipped with a computer with wired internet, projector, podium with microphone, and a lavaliere microphone. Any additional requests should be submitted at the time of your conference proposal submission).


For additional information about the conference, visit our websitecall (256) 824-7391, or email Sherri Restauri - the SI 2016 Chair.