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ECA 2021 Convention - G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) Call for Submissions Reminder

2021 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 15, 2020 11:59 PST

2021 Eastern Communication Association Conference

March 24-28, 2021

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hyatt Regency

Resilience is an apt theme for the 2021 convention as educators have had to adapt to teaching against the backdrop of a pandemic.  The “Resilience” theme provides us with an opportunity to highlight the Great Ideas for Teaching Students that have emerged from such challenging circumstances.  There is much to be explored within the realm of resilience and its intersection with communication concepts. To this end, please consider submitting a G.I.F.T.S. that centers on resilience as a means of fostering interpersonal relationships, inspiring interactions, critiquing artifacts, analyzing information, encouraging ethical behavior, among other connections. 

As you consider your submission, please note that G.I.F.T.S.: 

  1. Should be authentic and unique activities, games, or simulations geared toward entry-level, undergraduate courses that you have successfully used in your course(s).
  2. Should be able to be completed in one class session or less.
  3. Should connect to a specific communication skill, concept, and/or theory.

Though the 2020 convention was cancelled due to the pandemic, programming for the 2021 convention is based on a new call for papers.   ECA leadership announced that work previously accepted for the 2020 convention may be submitted elsewhere or submitted again for consideration for the 2021 convention.  We ask that only G.I.F.T.S. that have not been accepted and presented elsewhere be submitted for consideration for the 2021 convention.  (APA provides guidance about how to create a reference for a canceled conference presentation.) 


Please use the G.I.F.T.S. template here to format your submission.

A formal, one- to two-page written submission using the template as a guide must include the following:

  1. Title (relevant, engaging, and informative)
  2. Course name
  3. Learning objective(s)
  4. Rationale
  5. Directions including a clear and concise description of:
  1. any needed materials,
  2. any needed preparation steps, and
  3. step-by-step directions during the activity.
  1. Connection to a specific communication skill, concept, and/or theory
  2. Activity debrief
  3. Typical results
  4. Relevant references
  5. Technology request (if applicable)
  6. Statement of professional responsibility (see below)

Again, please use the G.I.F.T.S. template to format your submission.

Statement of Professional Responsibility

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees. 


  1. Go to and click on Convention and then Attendee Interactive
  2. Select GIFTS as the interest group.
  3. Enter your GIFTS title and select competitive paper. Click save.
  4. Select the Author(s) tab and select Yes to indicate you are the author. Add any co-authors if needed. Click save.
  5. Click the Abstract tab and enter a one- or two-sentence description of your GIFTS. Click save.
  6. Select the Categories tab and check the appropriate debut/non debut & student/non-student options. Click save.
  7. Select the Additional Information tab and indicate if you need A/V or Special Requests. Click save.
  8. Select the Documents tab and upload your GIFTS following the submission requirements in a PDF or WORD file. Remove identifying information from this document. Click save.
  9. Click the Preview tab to double check your submission.
  10. Click the finalize tab and check the box next to the professional responsibility statement.
  11. Click the finalize button to complete the submission.

If you have any questions about the G.I.F.T.S. program, please contact me at

Susan Ward

G.I.F.T.S. Planner, ECA 2021

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