Active Learning Classrooms Submission Guidelines


Reminders for Submissions

1. Early submission is highly recommended due to limited space. 
2. The primary presenter and all additional presenters should be listed on the proposal submission form.
3. Presenters should not provide more than two submissions for review across all proposal formats. 
4. An abstract of not more than 300 words must be submitted for any format. Specifics for each type of format are provided below. 
5. Presentations will occur in Robert H. Bruininks Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. Bruininks Hall is named after the 15th President of the University and contains a host of ALCs on all five floors of the building. 

Topics for Poster, Paper, and Roundtable Presentations

Suggestions for topics are listed below but are not limited to the following:

  • assessing student learning
  • redesigning courses for ALC teaching
  • innovative pedagogical practices
  • models and proven practices for faculty support and development
  • research on active learning spaces
  • team based, cooperative, or group based learning
  • innovations in facilities that impact active learning
  • developing interactive networks/communities for improving ALC teaching/learning

Notification of Acceptance

The primary presenter will be notified via email within three weeks of the due date. Acceptance of your presentation still requires you to register for the conference. All presenters who will be at the session should expect to pay full conference fees. Upon acceptance, the primary presenter will receive information about the specific parameters associated with the poster (acceptable poster size, overall table size, internet availability, etc.) or any additional information for the presentation.

Preconference Workshops

Participants are welcome to submit a preconference workshop, scheduled for August 7 between noon and 4pm. The workshop length is normally 75 minutes but selected longer workshops may be available across two time sessions for a total of 150 minutes (2.5 hours). Workshop topics can be wide ranging but all assume active participation by attendees and should remain focused on ALC environments. A limited number of workshops will be accepted due to the time and space constraints.

Roundtable Submissions

Roundtable discussions are scheduled for August 8 and 9 in 45 minute increments. Roundtable audiences are generally confined to a table of nine participants but could accommodate up to 15 attendees if necessary. Roundtables should not be “mini-presentations” but should orient attendees to the topic followed by engagement in problem solving, perspective sharing, or other goals appropriate to vigorous small-group discussion.

Paper and Poster Submissions

Paper sessions are scheduled for August 8 and 9 in 45 minute increments. The poster session is scheduled for August 8 after the noon lunch. Poster presenters will have appropriate poster board space for the poster. Paper sessions are delivered in an active learning classroom. Click here for information about the room configuration and features.

Demonstration Submissions

Demonstrations are short, how-to examples that illustrate a particular classroom activity associated with teaching or learning in an active learning classroom. Demonstration sessions are scheduled for August 8 and 9.


The general format for the 300-word abstract (preconference workshop, paper, poster) involves the following:

1. purpose of the session
2. the value or importance of the topic for teaching/learning in ALCs
3. a description of the problem or issue that your session will address
4. how your submission effectively addresses the problem or issue

For roundtable abstracts, follow the above guidelines 1, 2, and 3 (omit 4).

For demonstrations, the abstract should a) describe the purpose or goal of the demonstration, b) the context in which the activity has been used, c) fully describe the actual demonstration, and d) how the demonstration has impacted student learning or faculty professional development.