The conference will be held on April 5-7, 2017 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens Georgia.
Based on the conference goals, session topics may address any of a wide range of topics related to active and engaged learning. Proposals should address methods and strategies that are used in higher and post-secondary education settings. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills
Critical thinking is the ability for students to engage in higher-order thinking skills to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply their learning to their lives. Proposals in this strand should address active learning strategies to promote critical thinking.
Distance Learning/Blended Learning
Online and blended learning environments provide challenges and unique opportunities to create active and engaged student learning. Proposals for this strand should address tools, technologies, and strategies for creating active learning activities in online and blended learning classrooms.
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials, including open courseware and open textbooks, that are freely available and released under an open license that allows for their use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing. Proposals for this strand should address instructional approaches and strategies related to using OERs to engage students and encourage student success. This strand is sponsored by Affordable Learning Georgia.
Proposals for this strand should address methods that promote active learning in both online and traditional classroom settings including approaches such as cooperative learning, problem-based learning, and the use of case methods and simulations to name a few.
Innovations in Instructional Technology
Technology is an essential part of teaching and learning, but keeping up with the many emerging and available technologies can be a challenge. Proposals in this strand should examine teaching methods that use innovative and emerging technologies to enhance teaching and improve student learning. Examples of innovative technology could include gamification, 3D printing applications, mobile learning, adaptive learning strategies, simulations, etc.
Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP)
LEAP is an initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) striving to promote a twenty-first-century liberal education for all college graduates. Proposals for this strand should address campus LEAP initiatives and other efforts to promote LEAP principles in current higher education practice.
Complete College Georgia Efforts
Proposals for this strand should address strategies, techniques, and efforts for creating active and engaged learning activities that support institutional plans for Complete College Georgia.
Faculty presenters are encouraged to propose a session with an outstanding student or team of students to give attendees a chance to hear from students themselves about how these efforts affect their learning experience.
Regular Session (45 minutes)
In keeping with the theme of the conference, regular session presentations should include an activity that engages the audience. For example, the 45-minute presentation might allow 15 minutes for topic introduction and background information, 15 minutes for an audience participation activity, and 15 minutes for summary and questions. In your proposal submission, please describe your plans to engage the audience.
This year we will have two general sessions during the conference featuring five Pecha Kucha presentations for each session. We are looking for outstanding Pecha Kucha talks representing each of the conference strands to highlight during these special sessions. Pecha Kucha presentations are short, focused, energetic talks where presenters have 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds. These sessions provide an excellent opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers in a condensed timeframe. Presenters have just 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explain their ideas before the next presenter takes the stage. Fifteen minutes for Q&A will be included at the end of all talks giving audience members time to ask questions of the presenters. Because of the time constraints for these short talks we request that only one presenter speak during the 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
Poster sessions are an opportunity for presenters to demonstrate their work in a one-on-one setting. Posters should fit within an area 5 feet wide by 5 feet tall. Proposals are for printed posters only this year.