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2014 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium

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January 8, 2014

Marriott Conference Center
Normal, IL

2014 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium

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Update: Due to the weather-related travel delays, Dr. Ken Bain will not be able to join us. However, the Symposium itself continues as planned. The first sessions are now scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thank you to all who expressed interest in this event!

The weather and other factors have caused a few changes or cancellations to previously scheduled events.  You can download a PDF listing changes as of 2:30 p.m. on January 7.

A version of the Symposium schedule is available for mobile devices.

A printable “At A Glance” schedule for the Symposium is available for download.

Full session descriptions are also available.

The University-wide Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Marriott Conference Center in Uptown Normal. In addition to a wide variety of break-out sessions led by members of the Illinois State University Teaching Community, the day will include:

  • welcoming remarks by President Timothy J. Flanagan and Provost Sheri Everts
  • a luncheon, free to registered participants
  • a keynote address by Ken Bain
  • introduction of the 2013 Outstanding University Teaching Award winners
  • a poster session
  • and more!

Don’t miss this, the University’s largest single event dedicated to conversations about teaching and learning. It won’t be the same if you’re not there!

Ken Bain

Ken Bain

Due to hazardous weather and airline cancellations, our scheduled keynote speaker, Dr. Ken Bain, will not be able to make it. We plan to invite Dr. Bain back to campus at a later date.

Marriott Conference Center


Dr. Bain’s latest book, What the Best College Students Do (Harvard University Press, 2012), profiles a variety of successful college graduates, people who aimed beyond just getting “straight A’s” in school and ended up changing the world. Through interviews and academic research, his book identifies key attitudes that allow students to develop a “meta-cognitive” perspective on learning in order to thrive. Dr. Bain’s book has become an international best-seller, and it was honored with the 2012 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize.

What the Best College Students Do is a follow-up to Dr. Bain’s highly-acclaimed What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard Press, 2004), in which he examines the practices of more than 150 college teachers in a variety of fields and at several institutions. He encourages college teachers approach teaching “as they likely treat their own scholarship or artistic creations: as serious and important intellectual and creative work” and inspires them to be reflective of their teaching approaches. What the Best College Teachers Do won the 2004 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society. It remains one of the top selling books on higher education and was the subject of an award-winning television documentary series in 2007.

Until recently, Dr. Bain served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of the District of Columbia and as a professor of History and Urban Education. More information on his career and scholarship is available at

Faculty Testimonials

Hear what previous attendees have to say about the annual Teaching-Learning Symposium.

Program Schedule

Access the full schedule for the 2014 Teaching-Learning Symposium.

A brief overview of the symposium schedule is listed below.

Time Scheduled Event Location
7:30–9:30 a.m Check-in Registration Desk
8:00–9:20 a.m. Fostering Deep Learning with keynote speaker, Ken Bain Redbird A
8:30–9:20 a.m. Track Sessions see full schedule
9:30–9:50 a.m. Welcoming Remarks by President Timothy Flanagan Redbird Ballroom
10:00–10:50 a.m. Track Sessions see full schedule
10:50–11:00 a.m. Morning Break 1st Floor
11:00 a.m.–12:10 p.m. Poster Session Redbird F
11:00–11:50 a.m. Track Sessions see full schedule
12:10–2:00 p.m. Lunch, Program, & Keynote Address Redbird Ballroom
2:10–3:00 p.m. Track Sessions see full schedule
3:00–3:10 p.m. Afternoon Break 1st Floor
3:10–4:00 p.m. Track Sessions see full schedule
4:10–5:00 p.m. Track Sessions see full schedule
5:00–6:00 p.m. Closing Reception with Door Prizes (must be present to win) Redbird C

Registration Information

What:   2014 Teaching & Learning Symposium
When:  Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Where:  Marriott Conference Center, Normal, IL

Registration is available online in the Event Registration system.

For venue information, visit the Marriott Conference Center website.

About the Symposium

The 2014 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium, which is free to attend, will be held on January 8, 2014 at the Marriott Conference Center in Uptown Normal. Contact Dr. Julie-Ann McFann with questions about proposals or the event itself at or 438-5848.

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology partners with several others to put on this annual event. The 2014 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, the Fell Trust, the Sage Fund, and the Office of the Provost.

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