Thursday, July 30, 2009

Preparing a presentation proposal for the Heartland eLearning Conference?

This post will overview some important information related to preparing and submitting a presentation proposal for the Heartland eLearning Conference. This information provides overview, you should also review the full details at .

Getting Started

Presentation content should address theory, research, and applications as well as describe innovative projects. Applications from educators, including K-12, higher education, and vocational education, covering all content areas and specialties are welcomed. Business and industry experts are also encouraged to submit their proposals. Each abstract will be reviewed and evaluated by topic area experts using the following criteria:

  • Topic Significance
  • Originality
  • Innovation
  • Current and/or cutting edge topic
  • Technical soundness

All abstracts will be limited to 100 words and must include the following headings:

  • Description of the Topic
  • Purpose Statement
  • Identification of the target audience
  • A statement explaining how the presentation will address the needs of those involved in eLearning
  • Qualifications of the presenter(s)
  • Email address

All submissions must be submitted in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format. Please remember to submit your paper formatted for letter size paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches) using the Arial font and size 11.

Receipt of your submission will be notified by email. If you have questions, please contact us at

Important Dates to Remember:

Call for Presentations Opens July 1, 2009.
Deadline for submission is September 25, 2009.
Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by November 1, 2009.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Buzz for Bonk

Our conference keynote speaker and presenter, Curtis Bonk, has a new book coming out called The World Is Open. It talks about web-based technology and how it has opened up education around the globe so that people can learn nearly anything from anyone at any time. Bonk's book looks at this open world of learning and covers key technology and learning trends. It is due to hit bookstores in about a month. To learn more and access the companion e‐book, book references, and weblinks visit:

Bonk is already generating buzz. He was extensively quoted in a recent Inside Higher Ed News article about an Obama administration plan that would provide community colleges and high schools with federal funds to create free, online courses. Initial reports say there will be nine billion dollars over the next ten years invested in this free online education. It is a very interesting article, especially for those of us in the eLearning field. Check the article out at

The CPDE Team is narrowing down the possibilities for Curtis Bonk's session topics. You will see a post here shortly with the titles and descriptions of his pre-conference and conference sessions. We hope you will get to meet Curtis Bonk and laugh and learn with him in the sessions he presents at the Heartland Conference.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Conference Web Site is Live!

The Heartland eLearning Conference web site went live at approximately 4:52 p.m. today. Visit the site to learn more about the location, program, and most importantly, to submit your proposal to present at the conference. We want to hear from presenters in a variety of fields and disciplines who are using technology to teach others. Presentation proposals are due September 25.

At the site, you can also discover more about our keynote and special presenter, Curtis Bonk. Dr. Bonk is a well-known presenter and writer on eLearning and teaching with technology. In fact, he was just interviewed by about Leadership in Educational Technology and has a great blog too.

We will update this blog and the web site as more information becomes available. Thank you for reading and look for more great news from the Heartland eLearning Conference!