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2018 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium

Expanding Notions of Literacy

The 2018 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held on Wednesday, January 10, at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal.

Get the Complete Schedule through the Illinois State App

The complete Symposium program, including complete session descriptions, times, and locations, is available for free as a guide within the official Illinois State App. To download it on your iOS or Android mobile device:

  • Go to and follow the instructions to download the official app
  • Launch the Illinois State App on your mobile device
  • Tap "Find a Guide"
  • Enter the keyword CTLT and download the guide

You can also view the complete guide on the web. A printed schedule-at-a-glance will be available at the Symposium registration desk on January 10 (download a draft).

Need help installing the App or downloading the guide? Email for help.

Keynote Speakers

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology is proud to announce that two scholars at the center of research into new learning, new literacies, and teaching best-practices will keynote the Symposium. Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope have spent their careers investigating how modes like the visual, the audio, and the gestural combine in new communication environments, and how we learn the rules of these new modes of communication to use them effectively. Their work, part of the New London Group, serves a foundation for looking at literacy as much more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. In addition to providing the luncheon keynote address, Kalantzis and Cope will facilitate a post-luncheon “Continuing the Conversation” session and an early morning workshop on a topic to be announced.

Mary Kalantzis

Mary Kalantzis

Mary Kalantzis was dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from 2006 to 2016. Before, she was dean of the faculty of education, language and community services at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. With Bill Cope, she has co-authored or co-edited: New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education, 2008 (2nd edition, 2012); Ubiquitous Learning, 2009; Towards a Semantic Web: Connecting Knowledge in Academic Research, 2009; Literacies, 2012 (2nd edition, 2016); A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies, 2016; and e-Learning Ecologies, 2017.

Bill Cope

Bill Cope

Bill Cope is a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include theories and practices of pedagogy, cultural and linguistic diversity, and new technologies of representation and communication. His and Mary Kalantzis’ recent research has focused on the development of digital writing and assessment technologies, with the support of a number of major grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The result has been the Scholar multimodal writing and assessment environment.


Contact CTLT at or (309) 438-2542.

The annual Symposium is facilitated by Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology with the generous support of the Fell Trust, the Harold K. Sage Fund, and the Office of the Provost. If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.

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