Teaching and Learning Conference

Call for Proposals

Call For Proposals

The 2019 Conference has ended. Thanks to all presenters and participants for a successful event. Check back soon for further information about the 2020 conference.

You are invited to submit a proposal for the 2019 USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning. The conference will be held on April 10-12, 2019 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens Georgia.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 31, 2018

Conference Strands

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.

  • Collaborative Models
    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.

  • Elements of the USG Momentum Year Program
    University System of Georgia institutions are working to develop institutional plans for addressing Momentum Year elements including, helping students make a purposeful choice when selecting a program of study, assisting students in developing an academic mindset that promotes academic success, and developing a clearly sequenced pathway. Proposals in this strand should address Momentum Year elements in the USG, including Momentum Year Advising efforts, development of choice architecture to assist students in selecting an academic area of focus, Momentum Year Teaching, and Academic Mindset.

  • Faculty Learning Communities
    Evidence shows that Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) increase faculty interest in teaching and learning and provide safety and support for faculty to investigate, attempt, assess, and adopt new (to them) methods. Proposals in this strand should address experiences, progress, and outcomes of FLCs.

  • Gateway Course Redesign
    Proposals to this strand should focus on examples of specific and evidence-based pedagogies and practices faculty have used to redesign courses in the Gateways to Completion (G2C) process.

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
    Proposals to this strand should focus on classroom-based research, and the scholarly inquiry into understanding or improving student learning through a systematic gathering and analysis of data.

  • 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 various LEAP efforts, including High Impact Practices, Essential Learning Outcomes, Principles of Excellence, and Value rubrics.

Student Involvement

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.

Session Types

  • 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.

  • Pecha Kucha
    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
    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.

  • Roundtable Sessions
    These informal sessions offer the opportunity for conversational style discussion with small groups of colleagues (8 participants per table) with similar interest. Sessions are led by presenters with expertise and knowledge to share who provide a short overview of the topic to get the discussion started, followed by an interactive group discussion. During the roundtable session, audience members will have 25 minutes to spend at the first table. After 25 minutes attendees will select a second table, again for 25 minutes.