2013 DETC Fall Workshop
October 13-15, 2013
The Windsor Court Hotel * New Orleans, LA
The Distance Education and Training Council will be holding its 2013 Fall Workshop October 13-15, 2013 in New Orleans, at the Windsor Court Hotel. The Speakers page of the Fall Workshop website is designed as a one-stop source for all of the information speakers will need to prepare for the meeting. Continue reading below to review submission guidelines for presentation material and view examples of previous handouts, etc.
Session Title and Description:
All speakers are asked to submit a title and one-paragraph description of their session for use in the online and print versions of the Workshop Program. The session description should describe the content of the session, as well as goals for session attendees. A sample session title and description is below:
Ten Ways to Improve and Monitor
your Search Engine Optimization Campaigns
Potential students today are innundated with options for pursuing their education at a distance, so making your Web site stand out is critically important. This session will highlight ten simple techniques you can implement on your Web site that will improve the visibility of your Web site by the search engines. Emphasis will also be given on how to analyze and troubleshoot search engine optimization (SEO) related issues.
Headshot and Biography Submission Guidelines:
All speakers are asked to submit a headshot and biography for use on the DETC website. Headshots should be in color, and should be sent as a JPEG file with a resolution of at least 300 DPI. Biographies should be one or two paragraphs, and not more than half a page long. A sample biography is provided below, for reference.
Executive Director, Distance Education and Training Council
Mr. Michael P. Lambert has served as the Executive Director of the Distance Education and Training Council since 1992. He joined the DETC staff in 1972. Over the years he has served on more than 400 accreditation review committees in five countries. Mike also has taught, written and lectured widely on distance education and accreditation. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve in the Quartermaster Corps as an officer, where he was responsible for distance study course development at the USA Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Virginia.
Mike earned a BS degree in English Education and an MA Degree in English Literature from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), and an MBA Degree in Finance from George Mason University.
Session information, headshots and biographies should be sent via e-mail to Rob Chalifoux as soon as possible.
Presentation Submission Guidelines:
All presentations must be submitted in advance so they can be pre-loaded onto the DETC-provided laptop that will be used during the meeting. Presentations should adhere to the following guidelines:
All media (photos, videos, etc.) should be embedded in the presentation.
The file should be saved as “DATE_TIME_LASTNAME”. (For example, if I was giving a presentation Monday, October 14th, from 8:00–8:50 a.m., my presentation would be saved as “101413_0800_CHALIFOUX”)
To provide ample time to design, print, and ship conference programs, final copies of your presentation and any associated materials (PowerPoint slides, handouts, etc.) need to be submitted electronically no later than Friday, September 27th. Presentations not submitted by the deadline will be made available on the DETC website but will not be included in the printed Workshop Program.
Handout Submission Guidelines:
Any handouts (copies of slides, supplemental material, etc.) must be received in advance for inclusion in the meeting program and on the meeting website. Please note: No supplemental materials can be handed out during individual sessions. Handouts should adhere to the following guidelines:
Handouts included in the Workshop Program should not total more than four pages (two front-and-back).
Extra material and/or handouts more than four pages will be made available on the DETC website but not included in the printed Workshop Program.
Handouts may be submitted as Word Documents or PDF images. Files should be saved as “LASTNAME_MATERIALS” (e.g. CHALIFOUX_MATERIALS)
To provide ample time to design, print, and ship conference programs, final versions of all handouts must be submitted via e-mail no later than Friday, September 27th. Materials not submitted by the deadline will be made available on the DETC website but will not be included in the printed Workshop Program.
You can view a PDF copy of the printed program from the 2011 Fall Workshop for examples of the presentations/handouts/etc. included in the printed version of the program.
Remember, this presentation is for your audience to SEE, not for you to read from. To that end, here are some tips to make sure the audience gets the most from your presentation:
The meeting space will be large, and people in the back need to be able to read your presentation. Keep your words large enough—at least size 24—so everyone can read them.
Limit the number of words on each page. Use bullet points, succinct phrases instead of sentences, and limit each slide to six bullet points.
Stick with simple, sans-serif fonts. They are the easiest to read. Also, choose color combinations (white background with black/navy blue text; dark background with white text) that make your presentation easy to read. Use one slide transition for all of your slides.
Slides are designed to supplement your presentation—not to BE your presentation. Keep it simple, and don't read your presentation word for word from your slides.
Bells and whistles are fun to put in, but they tend to be distracting for the viewer. Make sure that special effects have a purpose.
Proofread and spell check! Proofread and spell check! Proofread and spell check!
Please contact Robert Chalifoux, DETC’s Director of Media and Events, via phone (202-234-5100, ext. 104) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or if you need any help preparing for the 85th Annual Conference. Thanks again for agreeing to present at the meeting—we couldn't do it without you!
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