The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology invites proposals for the 2015 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. While all proposals related to teaching and student learning are welcome, we especially encourage proposals that address the 2015 theme, Next Steps in Student Engagement:
We’ve known for decades that students achieve best when they are active participants in the learning process. Students thrive in environments that invite them to do more than just sit and have knowledge poured into their heads. This academic year offers plenty of opportunities to excite and challenge students, ranging from Illinois State’s newly revised General Education goals and learning outcomes, to the increased number of blended, online, and “flipped” courses offered on campus, to engagement through increasingly ubiquitous digital technology.
What are the “next steps” you might take to enhance student engagement in the courses you teach? The goal of this year’s Symposium is to help you discover answers to this question by sharing the insights and experiences of your peers. With that in mind, we’ve invited Dr. Elizabeth Barkley, author of Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2010) to be this year’s keynote speaker. Proposals for presentations, panel discussions, or poster displays might focus on topics that highlight techniques that captivate student learners, help make connections between students’ lives in the classroom and in the “real world,” or further the conversation about the profession of teaching.
Ultimately, we hope that you will leave the Symposium with a greater sense of your options as a teacher and the basis for taking those all-important “next steps” in how you approach student engagement in your courses.
Everyone with teaching responsibilities at Illinois State University (full and part time faculty, teaching assistants, and administrative/professional staff) and those who support student learning in co-curricular contexts are invited to share the results of and insights gained from their recent projects, research, and reflective teaching experiences in one of the following formats:
Don’t forget to consider whether the research you are presenting at the Teaching & Learning Symposium needs IRB approval. If you have any questions, see Dr. Gary Creasey’s article in the June 2009 CTLT Link and/or the University’s Research and Sponsored Programs website.
The 2015 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium, which is free to attend, will be held on January 7, 2015 at the Marriott Conference Center in Uptown Normal. Contact Dr. Julie-Ann McFann with questions about proposals or the event itself at email@example.com or 438-5848.
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology partners with several others to put on this annual event. The 2015 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Office of the Provost and the Fell Trust.
If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in an event, please call the CTLT front desk at (309) 438-2542.