Proposal Ideas  |  Presenter Tips  |  Technology FAQ

Proposal Ideas

Interested in submitting a proposal for the Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference but unsure of what to present? Consider the following ideas:

  •  Innovative use of a technology tool in traditional, hybrid, online courses
  •  Course redesign ideas, process, story, lessons learned
  •  Adaptive learning
  •  Social media in instruction
  •  MOOCs
  •  ePortfolios
  •  Trends in mobile learning (use of mobile devices in/outside the classroom in higher ed)
  •  Flipping the classroom
  •  Big Data / Data Analytics
  •  Open Education Resources
  •  Active Learning in Online/Hybrid Courses
  •  Learning Communities
  •  Strategies to engage students
  •  Tech solutions to make lectures more interactive
  •  High Impact Educational Experiences
  •  Strategies and Successful solutions for Online Peer Review
  •  Creative student assessments
  •  Learning Spaces

Quick Tips for Presenters!

  1. Follow a logical progression from Introduction to Body to Conclusion.
  2. Deliver your message with authenticity – use stories and metaphors to increase the impact of your message.
  3. Maintain eye contact.
  4. Listen to your audience.
  5. Project your voice.
  6. Know your stuff – practice, practice, practice. Don’t read your PowerPoint to the audience.
  7. A PowerPoint presentation is a visual aid; they should:
    • Use large fonts.
    • Avoid all caps.
    • Avoid busy backgrounds.
    • Use a healthy combination of images, words and charts.
    • Provide key takeaways for the audience.
  8. Avoid using fillers like “um” and “ah” – pauses work best in place of fillers.
  9. Bring life to the presentation – during your session allotment you are an entertainer.
  10. We strongly encourage Q&A for the last 5-10 minutes of your presentation.

Technology FAQ

Q: What technology will be available to presenters?
A: Each room will have a computer workstation, a projector with VGA connection, and wireless/wired internet.

Q: What is the best way to bring my presentation?
A: Bring a USB drive with the presentation on it; as a backup, please also upload it to a cloud storage option like Google Drive, SkyDrive, or Dropbox.

Q: What if my presentation requires special equipment?
A: Please contact Keeta Holmes at holmeskm@umsl.edu to get individualized help.

Q: What else do I need to know?
A: If your presentation has handouts, please remember to print them before arriving to campus.