You still have a chance to be a part of IOL 2015! Due to positive response, the submission deadline has been extended to February 18th!  

The Innovations in Online Learning Conference invites you to submit a proposal for the 11th Annual Innovations in Online Learning (IOL) Conference. We are seeking interactive and engaging presentations related to changes and innovations in online education. Proposals that address the unique challenges and opportunities with the delivery, support, evaluation, and management of online teaching and learning are encouraged.

Proposal submissions from individuals outside of the UT System are welcome. All presenters are required to register and pay for the conference. Register online by April 3, 2015 to qualify for the early bird registration rate. Please note that presenters are responsible for providing their own laptops (and speakers if needed). A projector and screen will be provided in each session room.

Thank you in advance for submitting your proposal. If you have any questions, please email us at

Good luck with your proposal and we look forward to seeing you in May!

Disclaimer: The IOL program committee reserves the right to edit abstracts and titles of accepted proposals.

DirectionsTopic ExamplesConference TracksSession TypeProposal Review CriteriaEquipmentSUBMIT

Submission Deadline: February 18, 2015

Please submit your Presentation Proposal online through this website. After reading the instructions below, please review the information in each tab on the left. The submission form can be found in the SUBMIT tab.

It is important that ALL requested information including uploading a photograph of the presenter is provided. This photograph will be used throughout the conference if the presentation proposal is selected. You will not be allowed to submit until all required material (*) is submitted.

Once all information has been entered, please click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the form in order to submit the presentation proposal. Once your proposal has been successfully uploaded, you will receive a confirmation email.

Collaborative instructional experiences

Effective educational technologies

Accessibility in online learning

Welcoming instructional models

Research on innovations

Best practices

Proctoring in online learning

Learning Spaces – virtual reality, augmented reality, gamification, simulations, mLearning

Teaching and Learning – open learning, communities, methods, assessments

Student and Faculty Services – student success, support services, digital resources, professional development, advisement, orientations, first generation students, counseling, online student activities

Instructional Design – best practices, accessibility, learning sciences, open education resources

Administration and Policies – marketing, infrastructure, analytics, affordability, global partnerships, multi-institutional collaboration

Technology – content/learning management system administration, application development, security, mobile technology, proctoring

Break Out Session (45 minutes)
A formal presentation in lecture or demonstration format given to a seated audience and may include small group activities. A period of 5-10 minutes, after the conclusion, should be reserved for questions.

Project Session (1 hour, 20 minutes)
A hands-on presentation in which attendees will learn a specific skill and should include one or more exercises that allow attendees to practice using this skill. Session may provide a take-away item, ie. a completed lesson.  May require attendees to bring their own wireless device(s) to participate in the session. Presenters should keep this in mind when developing content and submitting for this type of session.

Pre-Conference Session (1 hour, 20 minutes) – included in conference price
Take place before the conference official start time on opening day to create opportunities for more in-depth presentations or experiential learning. Session should enable interactive discussion between attendees and presenter, and allow for face-to-face exchange with your colleagues and professional leaders.  May require attendees to bring their own wireless device(s) to participate in the session. Presenters should keep this in mind when developing content and submitting for this type of session.

Aspire Session (30 minutes)
Short session to teach attendees a new “how-to” or single technology skill or application. May require attendees to bring their own wireless device(s) to participate in the session. Presenters should keep this in mind when developing content and submitting for this type of session.

Pecha Kucha (6 minutes, 40 seconds)
A short, focused energetic presentation consisting of a maximum of 20 slides and comments on each slide lasting no more than 20 seconds.  These presentations should be crisp and last less than seven minutes. Sessions featuring several Pecha Kucha presentations will be scheduled at various times during the conference as the program allows. These sessions provide a great opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers in a condensed timeframe. Fifteen minutes for questions will be included at the end of all presentations to give audience members time to ask questions of the presenters.

Organized, well-delivered presentations covering topics of practical value to attendees’ day-to-day work are desired. Reviewers look for clear descriptions and considerable weight is given to proposals that specify session learning objectives and describe how the content will be valuable to attendees.

Proposals must include all of the following information:

• Lead Presenter contact information
Co-presenter information (if applicable)
Presenter(s) Photos
Title (10 words max)
Abstract (50 words max)
Full Description (300-500 words)
Conference Track
 Session Type
Suggested Audience

The conference will provide a standard set up (LCD data/video projector and screen). If you must have Internet access, please state that clearly in your proposal. You will need to provide your own laptop computer.

Lead Presenter Information


Co-Presenter(s) Information (if applicable)


Proposal Information


Additional Information