Transformative Learning Conference | Call for Proposals

April 8, 2020 - Pre Conference | April 9-10, 2020 - Conference
Downtown Oklahoma City, OK

Call for Proposals

We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2020 Transformative Learning Conference – “Foundations and Frontiers: Exploring, Embracing and Advancing Transformative Learning.” The call for proposals is open August 19, 2019 through Friday, November 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

Click To Submit a Proposal

500 words for full abstract
250 words for program abstract

Step 1: Create an account (if you do not already have one)
Step 2: Propose your presentation

Conference Threads

  • Applying Transformative Learning in Teaching: Session emphasis is on sharing exercises, activities, and implications of TL in teaching.
  • Demonstrating Transformative Learning During the Conference Session: Session emphasis is on creating a TL experience that includes critical reflection during the session.
  • Engaging with Transformative Learning Research: Session emphasis includes more than just presenting research by asking individuals to consider the implications of the research findings in their TL practice.
  • Expanding Transformative Learning Contexts: Session emphasis is on pushing and expanding TL beyond present realities and into additional areas that may include sustainability, diversity and inclusion excellence, or social justice, among other areas.

One Sentence Summary

One Sentence Summary for Program: In addition to the inclusion of one of the threads each submission must contain a one-sentence summary of how the proposal connects to the TL thread.


We encourage Secondary and Higher Education teachers in STEEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Environmental Sustainability, and Math) to submit proposals. See the list at the bottom of the page to trigger awareness of some STEEM topics. All the same criteria apply to STEEM proposals.


Conference Formats

45-Minute Interactive Session

The session content must reflect one or more of the above threads. 

Poster Session

The poster sessions will be divided among a) undergraduate student only, b) undergraduate students that co-collaborate with faculty or graduate students, and c) faculty or graduate students. First, second, and third place will be awarded in the Undergraduate Student category.

Poster sessions are designed to provide opportunities for visual inclusion of one of the threads. Included in the proposal should be a statement on how the poster relates to one of the conference threads. At least one author needs to be present during the designated poster session time. All of the same criteria should be demonstrated in a poster.

The maximum poster size is 42 inches x 42 inches. The poster should be printed for attaching to a poster stand. Supplies for attaching the posters will be available.

The submission deadline for Poster Proposals is Monday, February 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Session Handouts

If you believe you have information (e.g., a summary or other material) that participants would value please bring 10-15 handouts.

The Review Process

All abstracts will undergo a blind review process by three individuals who have indicated they understand transformative learning. The reviewers will come from within and outside the University of Central Oklahoma.

Criteria for Review

Submissions are evaluated on a 1 – 4 scale (with 1 representing STRONGLY DISAGREE, 2 representing DISAGREE, 3 representing AGREE, and 4 representing STRONGLY AGREE) in the following areas:

  1. Includes a one-sentence summary for the program stating how the session connects to TL in one of the threads
  2. Contains how the proposal relates to TL
  3. Provides a plan for audience interaction
  4. Contains a breakdown of the session agenda
  5. Recognizes research-based evidence
  6. Includes learning outcomes for participants

The Notification Process

All author(s) will receive final notification via email by January 10, 2020, at the latest.

Accepted authors that have not registered for the Conference by Jan. 31, 2020, will be withdrawn from the program.



Teachers of STEEM are Encouraged to Submit Proposals

The Transformative Learning Conference hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma welcomes proposals from all disciplines. The annual TL Conference’s primary objective is to provide a platform for educators, researchers, academicians and other professionals from all over the world to share andragogical strategies by drawing upon evidence-based research, high-impact practices, experiential learning, authentic assessment tools, and transformative education.

The 2020 TL Conference encourages Secondary and Higher Ed teachers to share their research and developments (R&D) of innovative teaching tools and practices to promote experiential learning and transformative education.

Researchers are also welcome to share their empirical results.

The proliferation of new technologies has changed the way live, teach, learn, and work. Although the future of work is unclear, experts envision a new machine age, where technologies such as Internet of Things (iOT), machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and analytics will be embedded around, on, and in us. Thus, this emerging Human-Technology frontier is where technologies will influence our student experiential learning experiences, transformative education, and the quality of work life. Without questions, the U.S. workforce will need a new set of skills and competencies in order to succeed in the future work environments on this frontier.

Original contributions on topics covered under broad areas but not limited to the following topics/areas of interest are welcomed, as shown in the list below.

STEEM Topics & Focus Areas


·Anatomy & Physiology


·Biology (e.g. Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology)


·Criminal Justice

·Forensics (e.g. Computer Forensics, Biometrics, DNA)


·Social Science (e.g. Accounting, Business, Financial, laws, Management Information Systems, Marketing, International Studies)

·Political Science



·Agile & Lean Manufacturing


·Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning


·Computer Science (e.g. Programming)

·E-commerce & Mobile Apps

·Education Technology


·Graphic Design

·Information Technology

·Inter-disciplinary Areas of Technology

·Medical and Nanotechnology

·Network Security

·The Partnership Between Academia & Industry 


·Biomedical Engineering and Technology

·Industrial Engineering

·Inter-disciplinary Areas of Engineering Research

·Material Science and Engineering

·Mechatronics/ MEMS/ NEMS/ Robotics/ Automation

·Reliability Engineering

Environmental Sustainability

·Environment & Society

·Food Insecurity

·Geographical Information System

·Global Environmental Issues

·Health Science & Fitness

·Inter-disciplinary Areas of Sustainability Research

·Life Cycle Analysis

·Natural Resources & Environmental

·Renewable and Non-renewable Conventional Energy Sources

·Environmental Research Science

·Water Conservation


·Applied Mathematics

·Computational Mathematics

·Discrete Mathematics

·Foundations of Mathematics



·Inter-disciplinary Areas of Mathematical Research

·Mathematics Education




Click To Submit a Proposal

Step 1: Create an account (if you do not already have one)
Step 2: Propose your presentation

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