You are invited to propose a presentation for the 2015 USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning. The conference will be held on April 8-9, 2015 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens Georgia.
Proposal submission deadline: December 8, 2014
Proposal acceptance notification will be sent February 6, 2015
Based on the conference goals, session topics may address any of a wide range of topics related to active and engaged learning. 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.
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.
Connected & Mobile Learning
Innovative approaches to connecting, collaborating, creating, and communicating new knowledge by students. Using social media to develop such collaborations is of importance to this strand. Another aspect of focus is the interaction with the material and collaborators through the use mobile devices.
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)
Presentations should include meaningful activities and methods, as appropriate, that demonstrate active and engaged teaching and learning.
Sessions featuring several Pecha Kucha presentations will be scheduled at various times during the conference. Pecha Kucha presentations are short, focused, energetic talks where presenters have 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds. These sessions provide a great 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 questions will be included at the end of all presentations giving audience members time to ask questions of the presenters.
Poster sessions are an opportunity for presenters to demonstrate their work in a one-on-one setting. Presenters will have the choice of using a printed version of their poster or a digital display on a laptop. Presenters should plan on bringing their own laptops to display their presentation.