Proposal FAQ

OCTELA 20/20

Envisioning Our Future(s)

February 21 – 22, 2020

DoubleTree Worthington

Call for Proposals  |  Submit a Proposal  |  Featured Speakers |  FAQ

Available Fall 2019: Registration |  Lodging | Grad Credit


Do I have to be an OCTELA member to present?

No. We seek proposals from educators at all levels, from all parts of the world and encourage student participation in presentations. We also welcome exhibitor proposals that demonstrate noncommercial uses of technology to transform education. Registration for the conference includes a 1-year membership in OCTELA.

Is there a fee to submit?

There is no fee to submit. However, if accepted, you must register to attend the conference.

Do I have to register for the conference if my proposal is accepted?

Yes. While you are not required to register for the full conference, you must register for the day you are presenting. However, you will receive a discount if you are a presenter.  

Can I submit more than one proposal?

You are welcome to submit multiple proposals for different topics, but we typically accept only one per person. Please submit only one proposal per topic. Submitting multiple copies of a proposal under different formats does not increase the chances of a proposal being accepted.

When do I need to complete my submission?

We must receive your submission by midnight (11:59 p.m. EST) November 30, 2018.

When will I find out if my proposal has been accepted?

We will send an e-mail of the decision regarding your proposal within one month of receiving your proposal.

How will my proposal be evaluated?

Independent committees of content experts review all presenter proposals. Evaluations are based on many factors that can be found in the Proposal Review Rubric.

Do I need my own A/V equipment?

OCTELA will provide projectors, a cart with power strip, and extension cords in session rooms. Projectors will have a standard HDMI cord. However, if you are using an iPad, Surface Pro, or other device that requires an adapter, you MUST bring your own cords.

We are unable provide computers/overhead projectors/TVs VCRs DVD players for use in session rooms. If you need these for your presentation, you will have to bring your own. WiFi is also provided free of charge.

I received a Proposal Acceptance email. What should I do now?

Read the email carefully. Your name and affiliation will appear in the program as shown; are they correct? Are the names and affiliations of your co-presenters correct?

Can I cancel a session?

If you are canceling your session, the Conference chair needs to be informed as soon as possible so that your space can be assigned to someone else. Please e-mail Karla Hayslett at as soon as possible.

Can I add or remove presenters?

If you wish to add or remove a presenter, please e-mail Karla Hayslett at as soon as possible. You will need to submit the new presenter names along with their contact information.  After Advanced Registration closes, there is no guarantee that presenter information will be able to be changed in the conference program.

How will my session be listed on the Conference website and in the final Conference program?

Preliminary descriptions of scheduled sessions, including presenters, will be accessible on our website prior to the conference under Call for Proposals.

More questions? Contact Karla Hayslett at