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Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Call for Proposals—The Virtual Valley: Last-Minute Tools and Strategies for Online Classroom Education

For more information about this event, please contact Alyssa Arnell,

Greenfield Community College and local partners are proud to present The Virtual Valley: Last Minute Tools and Strategies for Online Classroom Education, a virtual education conference for western Massachusetts community college and high school educators on August 20, 2020.

Submit a Proposal  Register for the Conference

As we all navigate the continuing shift to online education due to COVID-19, we invite educators to participate in this day-long virtual conference where we will share knowledge, insight, and best practices for successful online teaching. The conference program will address a broad scope of educational topics related to the online experience, such as universal design in technology, privacy and copyright concerns, and creating inclusive class experiences.

We invite educators to submit a proposal to share insights, knowledge, experience, and best practices for online learning in high schools and community colleges. This conference will be action-oriented and focused on addressing practical strategies for engaging students and fostering a sense of community in the online classroom.

  • What technologies and online tools are you leveraging to diversify the online experience?
  • What proven practices and strategies do you utilize to engage all learners, and remove barriers in online learning?
  • What findings from your research and experience provide useful insight into creating a sense of community in your online classroom?
  • How do you find and incorporate content that is high-quality, accessible to students, and compliant with fair use and copyright?

Conference tracks include:

  • Effective Use of Online Technology
  • Fair Use, Privacy, Section 504 Compliancy
  • Classroom Equity

We seek dynamic, inclusive, and student-oriented submissions that align with one or more of the conference tracks.

Conference Set-Up and Session Formats:

This conference will be held over Zoom. There will be six sessions held in the morning and six sessions held in the afternoon with a lunchtime speaker. Two sessions will run concurrently throughout the day. Each session will be 45 minutes long including a thirty-minute presentation and 15 minutes for questions and answers.

Presenters can present individually, as a small group, or a moderated panel. Unless the presenters specifically request otherwise, the sessions will be recorded and made publicly available afterwards. Requesting to opt out of recording your session will not impact consideration of your proposal.

Proposals are due by July 15, 2020. You will be notified by July 21, 2020. In 300 words or less your proposal should outline:

  • How your topic relates to the conference theme and/or track(s)
  • What is innovative about your project/topic.
  • What learning outcomes your educator colleagues can expect to take away from your session and implement in their teaching
  • How you will incorporate participatory elements in the session.

There is no registration fee to participate in this conference! However, if you feel so moved, please consider donating to the GCC Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund, which was created to support students in financial crisis during COVID-19.