Instructions on How to Submit a Speaking Proposal

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal to present at The eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2018 Conference & Expo which includes Learning & Performance Ecosystem. Please read the information below before you complete the submission form.

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FAQs About Speaking at Learning Solutions 2018 Conference & Expo


What are the event dates?

The conference will be held Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday and Monday, March 25 and 26, 2018.

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When are speaking proposals due?

Proposals are due by Friday, July 28, 2017.

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Where is the event located?

Learning Solutions 2018 and Ecosystem will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, USA.

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What is Learning Solutions Conference & Expo all about?

The eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference & Expo focuses on sharing what works in all aspects of the design, development, delivery, strategy, and management of learning and performance support solutions. The sessions at this event highlight practical, “use on Monday” content and will help you find immediate solutions to the challenges you face.

To get a better sense of what the conference is like, see the Learning Solutions 2017 Conference & Expo website.

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What is the Learning & Performance Ecosystem Conference all about?

The eLearning Guild’s Learning & Performance Ecosystem Conference is intended for senior learning and performance support professionals who are interested in exploring the ways that people, processes, information, and technology converge, interconnect, and balance to create an environment that supports learning and performance. Ecosystem sessions provide clarity around the infrastructure needed to build a learning and performance ecosystem, and the strategies needed to create one that thrives.

To get a better sense of what the conference is like, see the Learning & Performance Ecosystem 2017 Conference website.

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What is the program focus for Learning Solutions 2018?

We are looking for a variety of topics that cover the spectrum of needs among eLearning and learning professionals, including but not limited to:

  • Case studies on solutions that solved a pressing learning or business challenge
  • Instructional design strategies and practices
  • Rapid development processes
  • Data and measurement techniques and tools
  • Serious-game designs and strategies
  • Mobile learning ideas and successes
  • Practical applications of performance support
  • Use of media, such as audio and video, for learning
  • Best practices for virtual training
  • Social learning approaches
  • Authoring-tool tips and tricks
  • Success in using VR and AR for learning
  • Blending different learning technologies
  • Learning management strategies
  • Project management processes
  • Assessment and evaluation methods
  • Implementation challenges and successes
  • Hands-on BYOL® (Bring Your Own Laptop®) sessions and workshops*
  • Any other examples of sharing what works for technology-based learning

In 2018, we are also looking to highlight sessions from healthcare, retail, and finance; expand our selection of speakers, companies, and case studies from outside North America; and increase our BYOL session selection.

Your session is more likely to be selected if your content is unique to this event, focused, in-depth, and offers practical solutions, ideas, strategies, or techniques.

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What is the program focus for Ecosystem?

The program is designed to address the needs of today’s senior-level learning and performance professionals. We are particularly interested in sessions that explore how organizations are creating environments that make best use of the people, processes, information, and technologies available to support learning and performance.

We are looking for a variety of topics that cover the full spectrum of factors that impact learning and performance, including but not limited to:

  • Integrating learning into organizational strategies
  • Building a learning culture
  • Leveraging performance support
  • Maximizing capital investments
  • Analyzing systems and workflows that affect learning and performance
  • Integrating performance support into organizational workflows
  • Building an environment for learning and performance
  • Getting the most out of your LMS, LCMS, or LRS

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Who is the target audience for Learning Solutions?

The target audience for Learning Solutions sessions includes instructional designers, developers, managers, and executives in corporate, government, and academic settings who are actively focused on the tools, technologies, strategies, and techniques that can be put to work for learning.

The program supports the entire learning team, so regardless of your specific role, you’ll find practical solutions and approaches you can use immediately to solve your learning and performance support challenges.

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Who is the target audience for Ecosystem?

Learning & Performance Ecosystem Conference is for senior-level professionals responsible for overseeing the strategies, systems, and technologies used to manage learning and performance in an organization. It is designed for those who have questions about how an organization’s people, processes, information, and technology can be connected and supported in a way that maximizes the environment in which learning and performance support naturally happen.

The target audience for Ecosystem includes roles such as:

  • Director, training and development
  • VP, training
  • VP, learning and development
  • eLearning director
  • Chief learning officer
  • Director of human resources
  • eLearning project manager
  • Chief technology officer
  • VP, information technologies
  • IT director
  • Other professionals looking for information about the strategies, systems, and technologies for managing learning and development in their organizations

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What types and durations of sessions are offered at these events?

  • Optional one-day Pre-Conference Certificate Workshops will be held on Sunday, March 25 and Monday, March 26.
  • Concurrent sessions will be held Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29. Session run times are either 45 or 60 minutes.
  • Both workshops and concurrent sessions may be offered as hands-on BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop®) sessions. For more details on the BYOL format, see the next point below.

Selected speakers will be assigned a slot by the Guild staff. If you have any scheduling conflicts, please note them on your submission form.

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What is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop®)?

BYOL stands for Bring Your Own Laptop®. These sessions are hands-on and give participants an opportunity to actually work along with the presenter. These sessions may be either full-day workshops or 60-minute concurrent sessions.

Participants in BYOL sessions are expected to bring their laptops (or alternative devices, such as smartphones or tablets, as specified by the presenter) with the software being discussed already installed.

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Who is eligible to present at these events?

As a community-based organization, we welcome any and all proposals.

Vendors of eLearning products and services will be considered; however, NO marketing or self-promotion is allowed. Sessions must be educational and informational in content. While not required, proposals that feature a case study with a client are strongly preferred.

Alternately, if you are interested in exhibiting at this event and want to find out about promotional opportunities, contact sales@eLearningGuild.com.

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Are speakers compensated?

One free full-conference registration is provided per session. This free registration is given to the main presenter listed on the submission form. This registration cannot be shared or split. Presenters who are selected to conduct more than one session are given one free registration in total.

The first co-presenter (if applicable) will be able to register for the conference at a substantially discounted rate (no other discounts apply). This discount cannot be shared or split. For any additional co-presenters, normal conference registration fees and discounts will apply.

Full-day workshop presenters, in addition, may have their travel and hotel costs covered. They may also receive a fee based on workshop attendance.

NOTE: All presenters must be listed when you submit your proposal. Additional presenters cannot be added to your session without the approval of Guild staff.

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What is required of me as a speaker from a technical standpoint?

  • Speakers must provide their own laptop or tablet and any software needed to run their presentation. If you require Internet access, your device must be able to connect to Wi-Fi; hardwire connections are not available.
  • Standard AV provided includes computer projector, screen, speakers for the computer, and wireless access. Other AV equipment requested will be approved case-by-case.

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If selected as a speaker, what information and materials will I be required to submit?

  • A photo for use on the event website and other event materials. Photos must be formatted to be a minimum of 300 DPI, 5 by 7 inches, and in TIFF, JPG, or PNG format.
  • An AV form that lists any technical requirements for your session(s).
  • OPTIONAL: Session materials that will be posted for event participants before, during, and after the event. (Concurrent sessions only; workshop materials will not be posted on the resource site.)

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How do I submit a proposal?

It’s simple. Use the online CFP form and complete all areas of the form. Completing a submission takes approximately 10 minutes. You may submit more than one proposal, but you must submit a separate form for each session proposed.

We recommend creating a draft of your proposal offline before entering it into the online CFP form. If you would like to do so, you can find a copy of the proposal form in Word format here.

If you need to exit the form without submitting, be sure to use the “save and continue later” function found at the top of the proposal form.

NOTE: If your browser or computer crashes while you’re in the process of filling out this form, you can contact the programming team at programs@eLearningGuild.com to get access to your partially completed survey.

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What resources are available to help me write a strong proposal?

Among the best resources for learning how to write a strong proposal are the session descriptions from past Learning Solutions and Ecosystem conferences. These descriptions essentially are edited versions of the content from the session proposal form, and they can be a great place to look for inspiration on what content to include in your proposal and how to approach your angle on a topic.

In addition, we’ve created a document outlining examples of a fictional strong proposals, as well as a few examples of proposals that would need a bit more work to be selected. You can download that PDF here.

Proposal Examples

It can also be helpful to work on a draft of your proposal offline. This allows you to take time with your answers as well as leverage spell check. You can download a Word document with the proposal questions here.

Proposal Sample Questions

Finally, if you have questions about your proposal ideas, feel free to reach out to the programming team at programs@eLearningGuild.com.

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I have additional questions—who can I reach out to?

If you have any questions about the proposal form, these instructions, or the event, or if you are unsure whether your topic is appropriate for this event, please contact our programming team at programs@eLearningGuild.com.

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