Session TypeDescriptionPresentersRoom Set


A series of 12-15 minute succinct and well-rehearsed talks using minimal slides. Similar to a TED Talk, MasterMinds focus on big ideas as the presenter poses a question and challenges the audience to consider innovative approaches and a new perspective or different way of thinking based on the presenter’s personal narrative, experiences, knowledge, and/or ideas learned along the way.

1 presenter (You will present your talk along with 2-3 other presenters onsite. OCALI will select the presentation groups.)

Large stage or space without a lectern or podium allowing the presenter to move freely while talking; classroom or theater seating


An interactive group of presenters who represent differing viewpoints or experiences on key topics and issues. Panel session are designed to cultivate increased understanding and advance knowledge on a particular subject through the generated interaction among the panelists. Questions from the audience maybe submitted in writing or asked in real time. Diverse perspectives among the panelists is the key to success for panel sessions.

Must have 4 presenters: may have four panelists moderating themselves or may have three panelists with a designated moderator

Four chairs up front for panelists to sit together as they present

Facilitated Discussion

A dynamic, interactive conversation to engage the audience in sharing their thoughts, ideas, strategies, and perspectives with one another. The presenters serve more like facilitators, briefly introducing a topic and then posing questions to draw the audience into a discussion, actively engaging them in a lively and emerging exchange of viewpoints and ideas.

2-3 facilitators

Chairs are set in a circle rather than in rows and are limited in number in order to promote discussion and collective interaction.

Learning Lab

A hands-on technology-based environment for discovering and practicing new skills and techniques with a variety of software and technology products. The Learning Lab is BYOT (bring your own technology) and is facilitated by content experts. A handful of networked laptops and iPads may be available for use. An overview of tools and resources will be accompanied by active demonstrations where participants get to explore and practice what they learn as they go.

1-3 presenters

Networked computer and device lab set in classroom style tables; participants are encouraged to bring their own technology (BYOT)

Hands-on Interactive

An exploration and manipulation of technology, materials, and/or resources. These sessions use activities and small table groups to encourage audience participation and engagement with concepts, ideas, role plays, and implementation strategies to better understand and make practical application of session content.

1-4 presenters

Round tables for participants to more easily interact with items and with one another in small groups


Visual displays of innovative content, data, and/or findings. Poster sessions remain hanging throughout OCALICON, allowing attendees to see and review topics at their leisure. Scheduled one-hour session times also provide an opportunity to engage presenters in one-on-one discussions.

1-2 presenters

Hangs in the exhibit hall entrance throughout the entire conference so participants can both visit with researchers during a scheduled one-hour session as well as browse at their leisure.


Classroom-style instructional sessions typically on a singular topic of focus.

1-3 presenters

Classroom tables and chairs; some theater seating

Strategy Smackdown

Quick-paced sessions that are participant lead. Attendees share ideas and gather new ones as they introduce previously implemented visuals, manipulatives, apps, and/or models of evidence-based strategies and positive promising practices in an energetic and upbeat tempo. Within given topic areas, participants will share details about the strategy, the features and components, how it supports individuals, why it is useful or beneficial,
 and how it can be transferable and used by those in attendance.

Facilitated by OCALI staff

Two screens available to allow participants to display strategy,model, or visual while describing; space available for movement of participants to demonstrate and describe their strategies