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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.

Registration is now open!

The 2018 Symposium is open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students at Illinois State. It includes:

  • More than 40 individual, panel, and poster presentations from members of the campus community
  • Free luncheon featuring the announcement of the Outstanding University Teaching Award winners
  • Keynote speakers Drs. Mary Kanatzis and Bill Cope, who will also facilitate a special workshop and extended discussion
  • A morning Idea Cafe-- a casual way swap best practice and teaching ideas with colleagues
  • A special poster session and closing reception

Seating for the luncheon is limited. Registration through is required by Friday, December 15.

Register by December 15 through

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, Kanatzis 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.

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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