REGISTER HERE!  https://ncsce.wildapricot.org/ 

Due to COVID-19 all face-to-face SENCER meetings and workshops will be on-line until further notice.  However, we are designing an engaging and content-rich program for a virtual conference to be held July 30-August 2. We are fortunate to have a partner in this re-design initiative in the instructional designers and learning technology experts of the  Immersive Learning Research Network, who are piloting on-line conference strategies for their own events. 

The SENCER Summer Institute will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous presentations, workshops, and plenaries and recorded material will be remain on our website after the meeting. We are confirming program elements now and expect to launch registration in the next two weeks, but we are now inviting proposals. 

Especially invite presentation that address

  • the challenges of teaching “through” the COVID-19 pandemic  (see Call for Submissions for our journal!)
  • SENCER-izing on-line teaching, including undergraduate research and active pedagogies (LABS!).
  • responding to assessment challenges in on-line and virtual contexts
  • special challenges in K-12 education
  • interdisciplinary and systems approaches 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS–Deadline June 30, 2020

We invite proposals for oral presentations, posters, and workshop-style sessions.

Proposals should be 1 page in length and contain the following sections:

  1.  Short Description: One paragraph summary of the proposed presentation or poster (For the conference program)
  2.  Purpose: What topic or issue will your presentation or poster address? Why is it important and/or relevant?
  3. Target audience: Who is the target audience? Why would they be interested in your presentation or poster?
  4. Audience engagement: How will you engage and encourage interaction with your audience?
  5. Outcomes:What will the audience learn or gain? How will this benefit them, their students and/or their employers?

Please use this form to submit your proposal.  For more information or question contact eliza.reilly@stonybrook.edu 

Information on Creating your Video Presentation or Poster (Due by July 15, 2020)

When you register, please indicate if you will be submitting a presentation for a discussion session or poster for the poster session.

Slide Show Presentation: In order to make the best possible use of the virtual conference medium, SSI 2020 will adopt a “flipped” model for oral presentations whereby presenters are asked to pre-record a video describing their work for attendees to watch before attending the relevant live session, freeing up the bulk of the session time for interaction and audience questions.

Recording your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation as a video is easy (in PPT the “record” function is under the “slide show” tab) and we are recommending the PechaKucha format (20 Slides, 20 seconds of narration for each) For help in creating your script, recording, and timing your presentation in PowerPoint there is a lot of helpful videos on YouTube, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32WEzM3LFhw&t=307s


Plan out your content.  Write a script and decide on slide images.

    • Use images instead of words on the slides.
    • Use only necessary animation, and use it sparingly.

Record the presentation with narration within PowerPoint or Keynote. The result should be in MP4 file format.

Share the video with SENCER:

Upload the MP4 file to any cloud repository (i.e. Google Drive or Dropbox, ensuring that you set the permissions to enable public downloading and send the URL to eliza.reilly@stonybrook.edu by July 15, 2020. Please use subject line: SSI Video Presentation. JUST EMAIL ELIZA IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS!

We are asking that video presentations all begin with a common a title slide format. Download a slide template here:

Download (PPTX, 365KB)

During the in-person conference presenters will be grouped together into one-hour sessions based on topics, with 2-3 presenters scheduled per session. During the session, each presenter will be asked to give a 3-minute “flash talk.” This can be supported by a single slide or other visual aid recapping the main ideas from their video (the “session rooms” have virtual screens) and in the remaining time they will take part in a moderated discussion with the other presenters as well as with attendees, facilitated by a Session Chair.

Poster: A poster is a single image containing a visual display of the presenter’s work that will be shown in the Posters & Exhibitions area within the virtual conference venue. Presenters are expected to station themselves by their posters and engage in dialogue with conference delegates about their work during a designated poster session. Poster presenters may also optionally create a pre-recorded video of no longer than 7 minutes in length to complement their poster. This video will be on the web and available before and after the conference.