ACRL e-Learning Proposal Submissions

Share your expertise as an ACRL e-Learning presenter

ACRL invites proposal submissions for our ACRL e-Learning program.  Submit a proposal for a live webcast or asynchronous online course and share your knowledge and innovative developments with your colleagues.  April 13, 2018 is the submission deadline.

ACRL has identified four key areas in our Plan for Excellence. ACRL welcomes proposal submissions on all types of academic and research librarianship, and especially encourages proposals related to the following key areas:

  • Value of Academic Libraries – academic library impact; assessment; learning analytics
  • Student Learning – information literacy; instructional practices; pedagogy; institutional student learning outcomes
  • Research and Scholarly Environment – scholarly communication; data management, library publishing; open access; digital scholarship
  • New Roles and Changing Landscapes – open educational resources; leadership and management; transformational change; equity, diversity, and inclusion

Program proposals should address specific issues facing academic and research librarians today and provide timely, thought-provoking, and practical content and research, as well as actionable steps attendees can take.

e-Learning Formats


ACRL webcasts are offered live and are 60 minutes in length, including participant Q&A.  Presenters can use PowerPoint, online polls, white board, and other interactive tools during the webcast.  We recommend having a few interactive elements incorporated throughout the session to keep the online audience engaged.  Participants can send questions (either via chat or audio) to which the  presenters can respond. 

ACRL offers e-Learning webcast presenters a 10% royalty of webcast registration fees, less vendor fees, split between the presenters each time the webcast is offered.

Webcasts are offered via the Adobe Connect platform.  Webcast presenters only need a computer with an Internet connection and microphone in order to present live.  Presenter orientation prior to the webcast and tech support during the webcast are provided. 

Online Courses

ACRL online courses are primarily asynchronous events offered over the course of three or four weeks.  Online courses are offered on the Moodle platform.  Courses should include weekly readings, discussion questions, weekly assignments, live chat sessions, and/or a final assignment. 

ACRL provides a one-time $1,000 for content development for new multi-week courses.  In addition, course presenters receive a royalty of 10% of the course registration fees, split between the presenters, each time the course is offered.   

How to Submit a Proposal

Complete the online proposal submission form .  Please note the form does not allow submissions to be saved and resumed. Prepare your submission materials before starting the online application.  You can cut and paste from Word into the text boxes on the form.  Please double-check all your data before pushing the ‘submit’ button.

1.  Program organizer contact information.  This person will be the main point of contact throughout the submission process.  Please include title, institution, address, e-mail address, and phone number.

2.  Type of event (webcast or online course)

3.  Presentation title

4.  Description (approximately 200-300 words).  The detailed description should outline your session’s main points, its relevance to attendees, how it is unique and different from others that may address the same topic, and the ways you will engage the online audience.

5.  Learning outcomes.  Think about the intended impact of the program and how it fills a need or solves a problem. Develop at least three learning outcomes that describe the end result in terms of the behavior of the learner.  

6.  Plan for Excellence. Select which area of the ACRL Plan for Excellent the proposal supports, if applicable.

7.  Target audience

8.  Additional presenter(s) including contact information, if applicable

9.  Preferred presentation dates, if applicable


Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific, Friday, April 13, 2018.  Notifications will be issued iby May 2018.


Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or call 312-280-2522.