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Mark your calendar for the 2020 DMEC Annual Conference, Aug. 3-6, 2020, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA.

Call for Presentations

The 2020 DMEC Annual Conference call for presentations is now open. Submit your presentation proposals by Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

Submission Guidelines

Please ensure your proposal is concise and free of errors. While there is no required template for submission, all proposals must be submitted through the online portal. The following information is required with each submission:

  1. Review, acknowledge, and accept the presentation submission policies.
  2. Include a session title and description. The description is limited to 150 words and should not include bulleted lists.
  3. Include a minimum of three learning objectives.
  4. Indicate what the presentation format will be.
  5. Include supporting materials such as case studies or other resources to support your proposal.
  6. Provide presenter names, titles, designations, headshots, and bios.
Call for Presentation Best Practices

Review these best practices to help you create a presentation that stands out from the rest.

  • Set clear and realistic expectations. Think of yourself as the learner and what content can be learned based on the session timeframe (60 minutes for standard sessions versus 25 minutes for quick-dive sessions). Do not over promise the content that can be delivered within your session.
  • Illustrate what is special about your session. Sessions that share unique perspectives on hot topics are more likely to stand out.
  • Show applicability. Learners want practical, goal-oriented, and problem-centered learning that can immediately help them deal with their day-to-day challenges. Use story-telling and engagement techniques to encourage learning.
  • Know your audience. Consider who is likely to attend your session and consider (1) what do they already know about the topic? (2) what do they want to know about the topic? Attendees have experience and prior knowledge that should be considered in the development of session content.
  • Introduce tactics to engage the audience. Learning requires access and the ability to contribute. Incorporate tools to encourage active participation such as audience response systems, Q&A, interactive workshop sessions, videos, or group discussions.
  • Select experienced speakers. It is not enough to have a strong topic; speakers must be able to effectively communicate and engage the audience. Professional and experienced speakers will be highly considered.
  • Submit your proposal in its final state. Changes cannot be made to your proposal after the deadline as submissions are scored based on what is submitted.
Review Criteria

The 2020 proposal reviewers will pay particular attention the following criteria:

  1. How effectively does the proposal connect with specific audience groups attending the conference?
  2. Are adult learning principles and practices included to ensure value for participants?
  3. Is the topic and description informative and relevant, with clear and immediate application to the work of audience participants?

Proposals are due by Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.