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BNG 2023 Call for Presentations Call for Presentations

Reflect and Reimagine: 10 Years of Shaping Higher Education

calendarSubmission Due: 5PM, June 9, 2023, EDT

University of Louisville is hosting the 10th annual Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023 Conference in Louisville on July 30 – August 2, 2023. Will you be joining your Bluenotes Community colleagues to connect and learn from one another? Are you interested in sharing your own Blue stories, particularly addressing how to improve teaching effectiveness and enhance the student success, with your like-minded colleagues to innovate together?

We encourage you to submit your presentation proposal. We hope to ease your presentation proposal submission process, and look forward to working with you as needed to ensure that everyone who wishes to present has an opportunity to do so.


Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023 Call for Presentations

The Bluenotes GLOBAL conference is all about Bluenotes Community members connecting, sharing best practices, learning and problem solving together. If you are interested in presenting at the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023 conference, we encourage you to submit your proposals focusing on this year’s theme of “Reflect and Reimagine: 10 Years of Shaping Higher Education” by highlighting experience in improving teaching effectiveness and enhancing the student learning experience.

As a token of appreciation for your contribution to the Bluenotes community by presenting, please note that a presenter/panel member at the Bluenotes GLOBAL 20232 will receive a 10% discount on the conference registration fee.


> Presentation Formats+

We welcome presentation proposals in either of the following formats.

  • Individual Presentation

A presentation session is 40 minute long, where typically presenters prepare a 30 minute long presentation or demonstration, with approximately 10 minutes left at the end of the presentation to allow for questions and answers.

  •  Panel

Common types of panel presentations include several panelists participating in a discussion panel, a group discussion with the audience, or a “deep dive” into a specific topic with the audience. A panel is approximately 50 minute long.

> Presentation Tracks & Suggested Topics+

The tracks below offer some guidance as to what will most likely prove interesting/beneficial to conference attendees. Presentation proposals must include the  track with targeted content that explores a chosen topic more deeply.

Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023 Presentation Tracks:

  • Faculty Research Grant Recipients: Sharing Research Findings
  • Engagement
  • Implementation: Course and Program Evaluations
  • Implementation: Feedback Processes Beyond the Classroom
  • Insight to Action
Presentation Track Suggested Topics
Faculty Research Grant Recipients: Sharing Research Findings
  • Explorance has committed a total of $100,000 to be awarded to faculty in support of their research projects using assessment/course evaluation data and/or other student/faculty/staff experience data
  • In this track, faculty research grant recipients will present their findings
  • Strategies applied to incorporate feedback and assessment tools into the cycle of continuous learning and improvement at all institutional levels (such as using course/program evaluations, self-assessments and/or peer-to-peer reviews) 
  • Methods employed for engaging students, faculty, and other stakeholders in the feedback process (such as response rate optimization, report generation, communication, and distribution methods to provide the most impactful, actionable insights) 
  • Approaches used to engage faculty along the feedback processes (such as effectively engaging students and using the Blue Dashboard)  
  • Innovative processes and policies implemented to gain actionable insights for overall improvement in teaching effectiveness and student learning (such as effective timing of course evaluation emails and reminders, engaging email designs for increased response rates, or student engagement strategies like SMS messaging or LMS pop-ups) 
  • Best practices used by faculty to engage students (such as mid-term surveys)
Implementation: Course and Program Evaluations
  • Experience in preparing your institution for project and report setups in Blue (such as determining data structures, addressing data integrity issues, creating relational demographic files, reviewing reporting needs at various levels, or optimizing the structure of Blue projects) 
  • Best practices for, and lessons learned in, setting up projects and reports using basic and/or advanced features in Blue 
  • Community-led live demonstrations of project and report setups using Blue features (such as triggers, Question Bank, Question Personalization, Relational Demographics, Response Rate Monitoring, Blue Text Analytics Reports, DIG, and Blue Dashboard setup) 
  • Strategies for change management to course and program evaluations (such as revisions to the instrument) 
Implementation: Feedback Processes Beyond the Classroom 
  • Experience in implementing the Blue product suite outside of the classroom setting (such as for student experience, faculty experience, staff experience, alumni surveys, exit surveys, self-assessments, peer-to-peer reviews, and 360 reviews) 
  • Best practices for, and lessons learned in, using the Blue product suite outside of the classroom
  • Community-led live demonstrations of Blue setups in 360 reviews, faculty self-assessments, etc outside of the classroom setting
  • Strategies to implement changes in experience management processes (such as student experience, faculty experience, staff experience, alumni surveys, exit surveys, self-assessments, peer-to-peer reviews, or 360 reviews) 
Insight to Action 
  • Strategies for creating insight-based action plans for turning feedback data into improvements in teaching excellence, while placing student success at the center 
  • Strategies to expand the use of course evaluation data to facilitate “closing the loop” and/or gaining stakeholder support for institutional changes 
  • Approaches for using feedback and assessment insights to adjust to the ever-changing modes of delivery needs, for teaching effectiveness and student success 
  • Strategies and best practices for using analytics to determine trend analyses to identify both advancements and areas of improvement, with Blue Dashboard and/or BlueML 
  • Analytical approaches to exploring feedback research questions on possible inherent biases related to DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) 

> Presentation Proposal Format and Submission+

You can submit your presentation proposal by clicking the “Submit Your Presentation Proposal” button on this page.

Have the following information prepared to submit your presentation proposal:

  • Presentation track to which you’d like to submit your presentation proposal
  • Presentation or Panel title: we recommend that the title be 100-or-less character long (the Conference App will show the title up to 100 characters)
  • Presentation abstract: the abstract should be approximately 100-150 words
  • Presenter or Panelists names, email addresses, job titles, and institutions

Example of a presentation title and abstract:

  • Title: How to Transform Your Course Evaluations Process to be More Forward Looking
  • Abstract: Course evaluations are often the main source of student feedback about their educational experience. However, interpreting the results properly can prove challenging. In this session, we will examine the power of contextual information in telling comprehensive course evaluation analytics stories for instructors and academic leaders. We will highlight the role of data and survey instruments in helping to craft rich stories, as well as review the potential challenges in assimilating these concepts into the process for continuous improvement.

We want to ensure everyone who wishes to present has an opportunity to do so. We will work with potential presenters, as needed. In addition, a 10% discount will be provided to the presenters’ conference registration fees. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Yeona Jang at Explorance.


We would appreciate if your presentation proposals are submitted by 5pm EDT on June 9, 2023. Earlier submissions are encouraged as they will appear sooner in the conference program. Your participation in presenting at the conference is greatly appreciated by your fellow Bluenotes community members.


Support will be provided to facilitate the planning and delivery of your presentation at Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023.

  • You will be contacted by an Explorer within the month before the conference to go over any questions and ensure you are all set to present.
  • You may use any presentation template that is consistent with your institutional branding policies. Alternatively, a Bluenotes GLOBAL presentation template will be available for download soon.
  • If you have any questions about your proposal, please contact Yeona Jang).


Various tips can be found on Internet such as Most Common Presentation Mistakes You Should Avoid. Below are also tips based on the feedback from past attendees.

Presentation Aspects Recommendations
Amount of text on each slide Try to limit verbiage to no more than six lines per slide.
Amount of information per slide Try to restrict the context to one main idea per slide.
Text size When possible, use text that is at least 24 pt to ensure those far away from the screen can easily read the content.
Number of slides Aim to present only the ideas necessary to share your experience and lessons learned and things to think about. It is recommended to prepare to have 10 minutes dedicated for introduction, Q&A and wrap up (so, for a 40 minute presentation session, then a 30-minute presentation have approximately 20 or so slides)
Color palette choice Use dark colors like black and blue with light-colored backgrounds, and light colors like yellow and white with dark-colored backgrounds.
Speed of presentation It is understandable that you may be nervous when presenting. This sometimes causes presenters to speak too quickly or transition between slides too rapidly. Try to make a conscious effort to pause after advancing to your next slide.
If your presentation mentions a Blue feature If your presentation mentions a specific Blue feature such as Question Bank and Project Mapping, a brief description of what it is would be of help to audience (particularly for those who haven’t used it yet)

As for the presentation template (PPT):

  • If your institution has its own PPT template, use your institution’s presentation template (if you’d like to add the Bluenotes Community logo and/or the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023 logo in your presentation, don’t hesitate to contact us).
  • Or, feel free to use the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023 PPT template for Explorers, by replacing the Explorance logo to your institution’s logo in the “Slide Master” view.

BNG 2023 Call for Presentations Contact

For any questions on presentation submission, contact Yeona Jang