The COLTT 2020 call for proposals is now open!

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Proposal Form   FAQ

Whether you are a past COLTT session leader or new to the conference, we encourage you to consider submitting a proposal this year. We welcome sessions designed for participants' actively engaged in meaningful and memorable ways and to keep them at the leading edge of innovative ed-tech tools and practices.

Needed for your proposal:

  • Session title
  • Session description (2000 character max) - What higher ed challenge is your session responding to? How are you using technology to respond to this challenge? What are you and your audience going to be doing during the session?
  • Session abstract (700 character max) - Attendees will use this abstract to choose whether or not to attend your session, so show them clearly why they should choose you. Refine your abstract to the essentials to make it shine.
  • Learning objectives (3) and engagement techniques - Provide some learning objectives and examples of engagements techniques you will employ.

Session Categories

  • Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning - As our student populations change, higher education faculty and staff have a responsibility to place accessibility and UDL at the forefront of consideration. Share your experience! Sessions might include UDL hacks, accessibility tips, administration of UDL and accessibility oversight, tailoring to neurodiverse learners, and more.
  • Affordable Learning Solutions and OpenEd - Affordability is a major concern for all higher education stakeholders. We want to learn about your experiences and institutional successes. Sessions might include OpenEd case studies, zero textbook cost degrees, OER innovations, OER success stories, etc.
  • Data-driven and Personalized Learning How do you know your instruction is effective? Data can provide powerful insights into student learning and success. Sessions might include data-driven course design processes, mastery pathways, adaptive learning, personalized learning, differentiated assignments and strategies, and self-regulated learning.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - The use of technology can help promote inclusivity in the classroom. Sessions might include accessibility strategies, enhancing student connections online, establishing connections with all students, race in the classroom, breaking down barriers with the use of technology, etc.
  • Hacks for 2020+ (tools and practices) - What are your tricks of the trade? Sessions might include to best teaching practices in using technology to support student learning, hacks in the LMS, and innovative uses of technology/apps online and on campus.
  • Dynamic Instructional Approaches - Calling all faculty! How are you engaging your students with the use of technology? COLTT prides itself on selecting session leaders who share something new, who inspire others with a new instructional approach, or who share evidence of success in content delivery.
  • Rise of the Digital Native, Return of the Adult Learner, the Online Student Awakens - Student populations are always changing. We'd like to hear how higher education is adapting to these changes. Sessions might include strategies to connect with multiple generations of learners, the online adult learner, flexible formats or modalities, mobile learning, and more.
  • Other - Don't want to be in a box? Suggest your own category!

Session Lengths

  • 20 minutes - This session type addresses a single topic of interest. The session should be brief, engaging, and provide inspiration to participants. Session topics might include a specific overview of an ed-tech tool, best practices in teaching and learning, or even a top 10 list on why audience x should adopt practice y. We strongly recommend limiting the number of session leaders to 1-2 people.
  • 50 minutes - This session type is facilitated by a single session leader or one leader with up to three co-leaders. These sessions should allow for a substantial amount of content or ideas to be shared in an engaging and interactive format that allows for audience participation. Successful 50-minute sessions are those that encourage audience participation, sustain audience interest, and articulate clear takeaways.
  • 90 minute workshop - This session type is reserved for hands-on workshops with participants involved in hands-on activity 90% of the time. The session can be facilitated by a single session leader or team of co-leaders and should teach hands-on skills, encourage exploration of ideas, or allow participants to play. This can include (but is not limited to) creating a design challenge for your organization, tackling a wicked problem, adopting a specific technology, exploring user experience, and more. Workshop proposals must include a detailed outline of content and engagement strategies.


Tips and tricks from our Executive Director, Deborah Keyek-Franssen from COLTT 2019 are still fresh! See how you can make your proposal the most it can be.

COLTT 2019 Promo


Proposal deadline is March 9, 2020 at 11:59pm.

COLTT 2020 is an all-day event August 5 and 6, at CU Boulder.
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