Call for Proposals for the 16th Annual AACIS Conference

“Follow the road to Independent Study”

St. Louis, Missouri

Hosted by Southern Illinois University

November 6th – 8th, 2008


Has your program met a new challenge, tried out a new technology or solved a problem in student/faculty service?  Can you share a successful organizational or budget model?  Perhaps you’ve initiated some creative new programming or re-energized an existing program?


AACIS invites distance and independent learning professionals to submit proposals on topics related to administration, learner needs and services, curriculum, technology, faculty issues, and research.  Encourage your staff to take advantage of this professional growth opportunity and present their findings in a supportive, collegial environment.  AACIS welcomes presentations from community and technical colleges, universities both private and public, and from high school independent study programs.


Proposals should include the following:



!     Short working title.



!     Brief statement of the presenter’s background, as well as the presenter’s phone number, mailing address and e-mail.  If there are multiple presenters, include contact information for each.



!     Summarize your presentation in one or two paragraphs describing the content and objectives.  This summary will be used in the final program to describe your presentation.



!     Describe the format and any media equipment needed.



!            More than one proposal may be submitted, but multiple presentations will be considered only if there is space on the agenda.



!            Early submissions are encouraged.


Presenters will receive a discount on registration fees and are encouraged to participate in the entire conference.  Presentations are typically 40–50 minutes in length and may utilize a variety of formats from single speaker to multiple presenters to group discussion.


 To submit your proposal, please use the convenient e-mail form available at the conference Web site:


After filling out the interactive PDF form, to complete submission you will click on “submit by email” field at top of form.


 Deadline for submission, June 16, 2008.


If you encounter technical difficulties with the submission form, please contact our SIU conference coordinator, Vanessa Sneed at:



For information about AACIS and past conference programs, see:


If you have questions about your proposal, contact:

Meredith Gilbert, 2008 Program Chair

Western Washington University



We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!



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