Iowa Distance
Learning Association

IDLA Annual Symposium

Call for Proposals

Symposium Submission Deadline

December 30, 2017

Symposium Proposal Notification

January 20, 2018

Event Dates and Times

April 3, 2018
Registration opens at 7:45AM.
Symposium from 8:30AM to 4:30PM CT.

Location of Event

Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conference Center
6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321 United States

Proposal Invitation

We invite presentation proposals for:

  • Twelve (12) 50-minute presentation slots

  • We encourage those who wish to lead a workshop-type session to mention they will need two consecutive presentation slots.

We recommend that proposals be specific about what will make your presentation valuable to attendees. Your proposal should be focused on innovative strategies, technologies, government and/or regional policies, working solutions for distance learning challenges, and should identify which audience (for ex: Higher Ed, K12, Government, Military, Corporate, Healthcare, etc.) would benefit the most.  

Who should apply?

We welcome proposals from all corporate, education (higher ed and K-12), healthcare, government and military, and non-profit organizations.

If selected, you will be responsible for covering your registration to the event and presenting a 50-minute presentation on your topic.  The room will be equipped with an LCD projector, screen, and internet. You will be expected to provide your own computer. As with any presentation, we recommend that you prepare your presentation using a primary format as well as a backup format. For example, have your presentation available on the cloud as well as a flash/USB drive.

Submission Preparation

Submissions will be collected via a Google Form.  Please prepare the following before you submit your proposal:

  • Contact Information for presenter(s)

  • Session title

  • Abstract: 50-word (or less) description of your session

  • Content: a clear summary of learning objectives and session content in 300-500 words

  • Audience Focus (corporate, higher education and/or K-12, healthcare, government and military, non-profit organization).  You may select more than one if the content fits more than one audience.

To complete a submission, please fill out the following “IDLA Call for Proposals - Submission Form”. You will be provided with a “Thank You” page upon successful submission.  The form will automatically notify the review committee of your submission.  

Status of Proposals and Notification

Symposium presentation proposals will be reviewed in a timely manner, and you will be notified by January 20, 2018 about your status as a presenter. If you have not heard back by that time, or if you have any questions, email

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