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Visions and Sites of Online Literacy Education

Global Society of Online Literacy Educators

Fourth Annual Conference

An Online Interactive Conference Convening Live on 

Friday, January 29, 2021



Important Dates

Proposal Submission Due Date: October 19, 2020

Acceptance Notifications Sent: November 20, 2021

Acceptance Confirmations Due: December 15, 2021

Asynchronous Engagement Opens:  January 19, 2021

Live Conference Convenes: January 29, 2021

Call for Proposals

The Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE) invites proposals for its fourth annual online international conference to be held on Friday, January 29, 2021.

We recognize that the core of teaching and learning is literacy. No matter the delivery method -- online, hybrid, flex, or face-to-face -- high quality teaching starts with strong content and informed pedagogy. To that end, we welcome a wide variety of proposals that foster discussions across cultures, environments, disciplines, and levels.

We seek proposals that address the broad aspects of our mission:

Global Society

Honoring our collective international and intercultural experience and knowledge of online literacy practices, facilitating the crossing of physical boundaries and connecting at great distances.

of Online

Addressing the varied, and often new, learning experiences, and ever-morphing and ever-growing learning spaces, from both experienced and new online literacy educators.


Exploring the many approaches to literacy education that are developed within local contexts and/or across disciplines, helping us identify approaches to literacy that advance more sustainable, equitable, and effective environments for supporting each other and our students.


Recognizing ways that writing and reading instructors, tutors, and administrators experience a wide range of constraints and support for teaching so that we might critically examine the institutional, professional, and technological frameworks shaping the work of online literacy educators.

Presentation Formats

We invite proposals for presentations taking one of the forms described below.

Individual Paper Proposals

We welcome 15-minute academic papers treating a range of pedagogical, professional, and programmatic topics related to online literacy education. Participants whose proposals are accepted will be placed on panels clustered by topic. See below for topics of interest to GSOLE.

Individual Praxis Post(er)s

A Praxis Post(er) is a 5-minute prerecorded presentation demonstrating or examining a particular approach to a recurrent teaching scenario, issue, or topic encountered by online literacy educators, either in the virtual classroom or during online tutoring sessions. Participants whose proposals are accepted will be clustered with similarly themed presentations for an interactive Q & A session. GSOLE will host a workshop on recording presentations that fit within the format (see below).

Site Share Panels

In keeping with our interest in local frameworks for implementing online literacy education, we welcome panel proposals considering a range of programmatic issues, interests, and solutions from varied institutional or cross-institutional perspectives. Panels should include three to five presenters planning to speak no more than 40-minutes total. See more specific guidelines below.

Ignite Talks

(Individual or Panel)

To emphasize the “visions” part of our conference, we invite Ignite Talks -- 5-minute live presentations that feature innovative concepts, approaches, or insights into any number of topics related to researching, administering, teaching, and tutoring online literacy instruction (OLI). Proposals can be for individual talks or panels of talks with a common thread. Individual Participants whose proposals are accepted will be placed on Ignite Talk panels clustered by topic. Panels that are accepted will need designated chairs responsible for recruiting presenters (max of 7 presenters). For more information about this genre, including links to samples and other specific guidelines, visit our Ignite Talks page.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be prepared for blind review, and therefore the authors' names and institutional affiliations should not appear within the presentation abstract. Where applicable, use anonymous descriptors to discuss institutional contexts and presenters (e.g., “large two-year college”; “English department at state university”; “WPA”; “adjunct faculty member”; etc.). Peer review will commence promptly after the submission deadline, and notifications will follow in November. NOTE: Please no more than two proposals total; and if two, then they should be of different presentation formats.

The proposal form asks prospective presenters for the following information:

(The proposal form is linked at the top of the page.)

  • The presentation’s title. For Site Share Panels, prepare one panel title; individual presenters within Site Share panels may have their own titles, which may appear in the abstract (see below).
  • Each presenter’s name and affiliation. For Site Share panels, all presenters should be listed.
  • The type of presentation: Individual Paper, Praxis Post(er), or Site Share Panel
  • The context of literacy education: K-12, two-year college, university, tutoring, etc.
  • An abstract of the presentation: The abstract should be no more than 2800 characters in length (approximately 400 words). As noted above, the abstract should omit identifying information.
  • A list of no more than five keywords.

All presenters will be required to confirm GSOLE membership as part of accepting an invitation to present. See below for opportunities for financial support.

Presenter Support

Online Praxis Post(er) Workshop:

In December, GSOLE will host one or more Praxis Post(er) workshop, depending upon interest. The Workshop will cover design, development, and recording in popular visual presentation platforms, including Voice-over-PowerPoint, Adobe Spark; and Prezi. Until then, visit the Praxis Post(er) Guidelines page.

Financial Support

A limited number of scholarships are available for participants and attendees from developing countries. If interested in applying for a scholarship, please e-mail for additional information.

Topics of Interest

For other topics of interest to GSOLE members, please browse our website.

  • Covid-19 impact on learning
  • Anti-racist pedagogy
  • International online classes
  • First-year college writing
  • Program assessments
  • Course & assignment design
  • Open(ing) resources
  • Teacher & tutor training
  • Curricular considerations
  • Program sustainability
  • Two-year college contexts
  • Course and program accessibility
  • Online support applications
  • Integrated reading and writing
  • Teaching research writing
  • Integrating print sources online
  • Teaching visual literacy
  • Critical reading using discussions
  • Mobile classrooms
  • Real-time class discussions
  • Sharing feedback with students
  • Teaching digital composition
  • Teaching accessibility
  • Developing community in the LMS
  • Information literacy
  • Cultivating teacher presence
  • Course migration (onsite to online)
  • Communities of inquiry
  • Challenges of ALP

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