DET/CHE 2021 – First Call For Proposals 2021

Dear members and friends of DET/CHE:

Mark your calendars for Virtual DET/CHE 2021!  On December 1-2, the Directors of Educational Technology / California Higher Education (DET/CHE) will be gathering online for our 36th annual conference. This year we’ll be sharing our experiences moving from the rapid adaptations in the start of the pandemic to innovation as we return to campus. What tools adopted in the pandemic will get continued use as we move ahead? We invite you to submit a conference presentation proposal.

DET/CHE offers a unique opportunity for educational technology leaders from the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, and private institutions to network, stay current, and create lasting connections with each other, as well as with colleagues in industry. DET/CHE is a dynamic and welcoming community that encourages presentations and participation from established, emerging, and aspiring educational technology leaders throughout California’s higher educational systems.  Last year’s conference again resulted in robust participation and outstanding feedback from both attendees and sponsors.

DET/CHE enables participants to steward the goals of higher education as they share insights and opportunities to deliver relevant resources to our campuses, collaborate with colleagues across our campuses and industry, be fiscally responsible, facilitate the enhancement of student learning, and continue to lead innovation.

DET/CHE 2021 Speaker Proposals are due by Friday, September 10th. Proposals may be submitted for any of the following formats:

  • General Sessions (20 minute presentations, clustered together by the conference committee into complementary topics; a closing 10-minute session in each cluster will launch a continuing conversation between the presenters and the audience)
  • Panel Discussions (45 minutes – for a diverse group of colleagues you bring together to discuss a topic important to DET/CHE members)
  • Lightning Rounds/Pre-recorded (8-10 minutes to showcase an interesting project in a lively style)
  • Birds-of-a-Feather (30 minute informal breakout discussions on current topics of focused mutual interest)

Please submit a short proposal on any of the following themes:

  • Stories of transitions from pandemic-driven operations to the “new normal”
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies that have earned a permanent role in the institution
  • Educational Technology Innovations
  • Online, Hybrid/Hyflex Education 
  • Equity and Inclusion in Learning Environments
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning Initiatives
  • Academic Technology Strategy/Leadership
  • Faculty Development Efforts
  • Learning Spaces
  • Digital/Media Services

It’s easy to submit a proposal! Just complete the proposal form by September 10th. Accepted presenters will be notified the week of October 11th.

This year we plan to use some practices that will enhance the opportunity to ask questions and to continue discussions beyond the presentation session: more details to come!

Registration will begin September 1st – only $25!  This low fee reflects that we will once again be virtual this year, and basically serves to fund membership operations through the year. Next year, we anticipate being back in person, and at that time our registration fee will go back up to reflect the costs of having an in-person conference (space, tech, meals, etc.).

We do have a number of scholarships reserved for first-time attendees: please contact Liesl Boswell ( for additional information. 

For our vendor partners, sponsorships will be available – stand by for more news on that front.

Save the dates now: December 1-2, 2021, Virtual DET/CHE 36.

I look forward to seeing you there!


Robert Emery Smith
Director, Classroom Innovation | Learning Technology and Spaces
Stanford University
DET/CHE President-Elect and 2021 Conference Chair


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