Proposals must be submitted online through OCALI Pass, a free online user account.
All proposal submitters will need to either (a) create a new account, or (b) review and verify their information in an existing account.
Please use a current mailing address and active email address that is frequently checked. Email is OCALI's primary communication tool.
All proposal submitters are also required to enter their credentials consisting of a short personal bio as well as a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) prior to submitting a session proposal.
Bios are shared with attendees through the website. Resumes/CVs are used to apply for continuing education units (CEUs).
A separate account, presenter bio, and CV should be created and uploaded for each individual presenter and co-presenter. All co-presenters must be added to a proposal by the submission deadline.
Don't wait. Enter or update this information as soon as possible, so you can easily submit your proposal on time!
Review the proposal requirements in advance so that you can create a comprehensive proposal.
Think creatively about which session type would best allow the audience to experience, understand, and/or engage with your session ideas, principles, or strategies.
Consider the lessons, take aways, and/or action steps that will allow the audience to replicate or implement session content in their own work.
Pay attention to the number of selected responses allowed per question, each of the requirements, and the question-specific limits (minimums and/or maximums) in the description fields. Many questions specify a character limit, not a word limit, which will also count the spaces between words.
Carefully consider how to use the maximum characters allowed to fully explain and elaborate on your ideas so the reviewers gain a clear and robust understanding of your intended session content.
If guidelines are not followed, the online form will alert you with an error and ask you to revise your answer.
Start by reviewing the Tips to Make Your Proposal Stand Out.
We strongly suggest you first compose a proposal in an offline format (such as Microsoft Word) prior to submitting it through the online system.
As you draft your proposal content, be sure your title and abstract clearly and accurately describe your session content. OCALICON participants rely on this information to understand and select which sessions they will attend.
Clearly define the learning objectives and goals for the session that indicate or describe the practical knowledge or strategies participants will learn or gain. Consider using this list of action verbs when drafting your objectives.
Provide an accurate overall session description that highlights innovative ideas or strategies, encourages audience interaction, and is noncommercial in nature. Utilize the allowable character maximums to fully explain and elaborate on your ideas so the reviewers gain a clear and robust understanding of your intended session content.
Review your main points and takeaways. Ensure the proposed content is able to be thoroughly and clearly presented in the allotted session time.
Please note that the proposal submission form does not save incomplete proposals. Be prepared to complete and submit all proposal details in their entirety in one sitting. The online submission form does not auto save.
The system limits you to using only specific characters in some fields. For fields such as the title, allowable characters include: comma, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, colon, exclamation point. If you use another character not in the allowable list, the system will give you an error with the reminder of characters that are allowed in that particular field.
Sometimes the system will give you an error if you have copy/pasted your submission. If you continuously get an error even though you have only used the allowable characters, simply delete what you have pasted and retype it into the field. Sometimes in the copy/paste process, we have discovered that invisible characters are included and display the error message in our system.
Carefully consider your topic of interest, your perspective, and your preferred session types as you create proposals and add co-presenters.
Each person may submit multiple proposals (whether as a primary presenter or co-presenter), but will likely not be selected to present all of them in the final conference program. Please submit your most preferred content.
Only co-presenters who will be part of the actual presentation at OCALICON should be included on a proposal. There may be several people who have authored or contributed to a project or study, but only those who will actively contribute to the presentation should be listed as co-presenters.
All session are 60 minutes in length. OCALICONLINE is a live-on-Zoom event. If your proposal is accepted, the expectation is that you and your co-presenters would be available to present live on Zoom at your scheduled date and time during November 19-22. If there is an exceptional circumstance that prevents you from presenting during live on Zoom during the conference dates, please email Jill Hudson to inquire about the possibility of recording your session in advance.
We sincerely appreciate the time you take to complete the proposal process. Thank you for submitting!
Notifications will be sent out via email to the primary presenter of each proposal during summer 2024. Please note that due to the significant number of proposals OCALICON receives, not all proposals will be accepted.