Teaching and Learning Conference

Call for Proposals

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The submission deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting proposals.

Building Bridges, Navigating Changes

April 15-16, 2024, Athens, Georgia

The University System of Georgia invites you to submit session proposals for this year’s annual conference centered on one of the four strands:

  • Teaching, Learning, and Student Success
  • Faculty and Student Well-Being: Creating Communities and Connections
  • Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education
  • Educational Development: Connecting Knowledge to Practice

Session formats

Interactive Presentations/Workshops (45 minutes)

Interactive presentations showcase innovative teaching approaches, emerging pedagogical research, and/or transformative instructional solutions. They should be highly interactive so that conference participants can engage in and explore pedagogical practices, problem-solving, and concepts. The facilitators should ensure participants are actively involved in the discussion, activity designing process and implementation strategies, which participants can then take back to their institution/classroom.

All submissions should include:

  • Title (15 words)
  • Abstract (100 words): Overview of your proposal
  • Instructional challenge (100 words): What is the innovative teaching approach, emerging pedagogical research, and/or transformative instructional solution you would like to share during this interactive presentation?
  • Benefits (100 words): How will participants benefit from the this interactive presentation approach? Explain the deliverables that participants will walk away with, such as new skill sets, assignment templates, implementation strategies, etc.
  • Engagement (100 words): What activities will you use in the session to engage your participants?

You can find guidelines for effective interactive presentations here.

Technology considerations: Each interactive presentation room will have a projector with screen, podium with mic, 1 handheld mic, flip chart with markers. All presenters must bring their own computers and connectors/dongles.

Take Ten Talks (10 minutes)

Short, dynamic, technology-free ten-minute presentations focusing on a single, actionable takeaway. Topics could include:

  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Effective teaching strategies
  • Engagement and motivation strategies
  • Innovative assignments
  • Application of technology
  • Strategies for self-care or student well-being
  • Inclusive teaching practices
  • Assessment techniques

All submissions should include:

  • Title (15 words)
  • Abstract (100 words): Overview of your proposal.
  • Benefits (100 words): How will participants benefit from attending this session?

You can find guidelines for effective Take Ten Talks here.

Technology considerations: Take Ten Talks are technology-free. Rooms are set up with chairs in a circle. Each session will feature three Take Ten Talks, followed by discussion. Presenters can bring handouts, if appropriate.

Infographic Lightning Round (5 minutes)

Presenters have five minutes and one single slide to give an overview of the work they are showcasing in this fast-paced lightning round, similar in format to a three-minute thesis.

In one slide, presenters will use images, illustrations, and minimal text to support their idea. Visuals are the primary medium for communication; words are not the driving force in an infographic. This format allows you to present data, a real-time teaching tip, or a cutting-edge idea. The infographic is presented in lieu of a traditional academic poster.

All submissions should include:

  • Title (15 words)
  • Abstract (100 words): Overview of your proposal.
  • Benefits (100 words): How will participants benefit from attending this session?

Technical specifications: Infographics should be 10 inches by 7.5 inches (1024 x 768 pixels at 96dpi). This is the standard slide size in PowerPoint. They can also be made using Venngage, Piktochart, Canva, or other digital poster software.

You can see an example of an infographic here. Note that this infographic, which also serves as an overview of how to make an infographic, was made in PowerPoint.

We offered a webinar to help you prepare infographics. You can find a recording of that webinar here. USG faculty and staff can go even further by enrolling in the MomentumU infographics course. Info on how to enroll is here.

Technology considerations: Each Infographic Lightning Round room will have a projector with screen and podium with mic. In these rooms only, a computer will be provided, along with a moderator who will pull up the infographic from the program and keep presenters on time.


The submission deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting proposals.



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