calendarFinal Submissions Due: February 28, 2020 | End of Business Day (in your local timezone)

In collaboration with the University of Louisville, Explorance is hosting the 7th annual Bluenotes GLOBAL Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Will you be joining your Blue community colleagues to connect and learn from one another? Are you interested in sharing your own Blue stories with your like-minded colleagues to further develop Blue skills and knowledge and innovate together? We encourage you to submit your presentation proposal, following the conference theme: Harnessing the power of feedback to advance transformation in teaching and learning.

Suggestions for developing your presentation proposal, tips for preparing your presentation, and the submission form for your proposal can all be found on this page. 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.

Submit Your Presentation Proposal


The Bluenotes GLOBAL Conference is all about Bluenotes community members connecting together, sharing best practices, and innovating together for learning and development. If you are interested in presenting at the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020 Conference in Chicago, we encourage you to submit your proposals, while highlighting this year’s conference theme: Harnessing the power of feedback to advance transformation in teaching and learning.



> Presentation Formats+

We welcome presentation proposals in either of the following formats. All presentations will be 45 minutes in length.

  • Individual Presentation

Typically this format is a 35 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.

> Suggested Topics+

While submissions on all topics related to the conference theme are welcome, these topics along the following presentation tracks are likely to prove interesting to conference attendees:

  • Faculty Engagement
  • Leadership and Analytics
  • Implementation Insights: Course Evaluations
  • Implementation Insights: General Feedback Processes
Presentation Track Suggested Topics
Faculty Engagement
  • Faculty members: Explorance has committed a total of $100,000 to be awarded to faculty in support of their research projects using assessment or course evaluation data. See Call for Faculty Grant Proposals.
  • Faculty incorporation of student feedback into the cycle of continuous learning and improvement
  • Faculty approaches to embedding student feedback tools into the learning process and the overall student learning experience
  • Faculty uses of advanced Blue functionalities such as Question Personalization and the Instructor Feedback Dashboard
  • Faculty engagement directly with students through live formative feedback mechanisms such as Bluepulse
Leadership and Analytics
  • Approaches to using feedback data in the overall analytics strategy of your institution
  • Ways to expand the use of course evaluation data to facilitate “closing the loop” and/or gaining buy-in for institutional changes
  • Suggestions to engage faculty in creating a culture of continuous feedback and improve student feedback literacy
  • Strategies used to increase student participation in course evaluation completion
  • Uses of analytics to identify and address possible inherent biases related to diversity
  • Strategies to manage changes to the course evaluation process such as the implementation of grade pathways or revisions to the instrument
Implementation Insights: Course Evaluations
  • User-led live demonstrations of use of features in Blue Evaluation (such as Question Bank, Question Personalization, Relational Demographics) and modules (such as Response Rate Monitoring, Blue Text Analytics, DIG, Instructor Feedback Dashboard)
  • Experience in preparing your institution to implement 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)
  • Discussion of barriers and/or opportunities that were identified during the implementation of Blue and lessons learned
  • Institutional case studies of Blue Evaluation, DIG, Blue Text Analytics, or Instructor Feedback Dashboard implementations
Implementation Insights: General Feedback Processes
  • User-led live demonstrations of use of BlueX, Bluepulse, Blue 360, Blue Surveys
  • Uses of Blue outside of the classroom (such as collecting feedback on services provided by administrative offices at your university)
  • Discussions of barriers and/or opportunities encountered during the implementation of Blue Surveys, Blue 360, Bluepulse, or BlueX
  • Suggestions for universities beginning the journey of implementing Blue Surveys, Blue 360, Bluepulse, or BlueX, and using student feedback data, i.e., “lessons learned”

> How to Submit Your Presentation Proposal+

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 and 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, 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


We would appreciate if your presentation proposals are submitted by end of business on February 28, 2020, in your local timezone. 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.


Accommodations will be provided at the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2019 Conference to facilitate the planning and delivery of your presentation. The following are some points to consider in advance to prepare for your presentation.

  • You may use your own computer for the presentation.  Alternatively, a computer will be available in each room if you wish to use one.
  • You may use any presentation template that is consistent with your institutional branding policies. Alternatively, a Bluenotes GLOBAL presentation template will be available soon for your use.
  • A/V assistance will be available at the hotel, if needed.


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. It is recommended that a 40-minute presentation have approximately 25-30 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.

Contact for Presentation Submission: