Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2014 Research on Teaching and Learning Summit

RESEARCH ON TEACHING AND LEARNING SUMMIT 2014 Hosted by the CTL at Kennesaw State University

Looking for a conference that is exciting, collegial and a great value? Please consider submitting a proposal to Research on Teaching and Learning Summit.
Submission Deadline:

Sunday Dec 1, 2013, no later than 11:59pm
Notifications of acceptance or rejections:

Monday, December 16, 2013

Submit Proposals Here:

About the Conference

Formerly known as The Georgia Conference on College & University Teaching, the Research on Teaching and Learning Summit has been renamed to underscore our commitment to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, with an emphasis on research and evidence. Since 1993, thousands of educators from all University System of Georgia colleges and universities, as well as many other schools in the country, and even educators from outside the US and Canada, have participated in this interdisciplinary conference. The renaming also reflects the growth of the conference, transcending state and national boundaries.

Now entering its third decade, the Summit is designed to provide college and university faculty the opportunity to discuss and share experiences and innovative teaching techniques. It offers concurrent sessions on cutting-edge issues in pedagogy and higher education in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. There are also opportunities for participants to network with fellow educators.

Participants report they have learned many new ideas they were able to bring back to campus, and have been energized by interacting with a collegial community of educators invested in excellent teaching.


We invite you to submit proposals for posters and/or one-hour interactive presentations. The Research on Teaching and Learning Summit has been refocused on four primary tracks:
Teaching and Learning
This is a great time for pedagogical innovations in and out of the classroom. New technologies allow opportunities not afforded before. Signature pedagogies promote critical thinking, community engagement, leadership development. Changing student demographics demand inclusive methods. Use this track to disseminate your innovations and document their impact.

The accountability movement calls for clear documentation that learning has actually occurred in a course. Instructors are experimenting with ways to document this learning and with authentic assessments that mirror the ways in which students will use knowledge in the real world. At the course, program, and department level, institutions are trying to close the feedback loop and use the assessment data gathered to improve the quality of their teaching. Use this track to document effective ways to assess student learning.

Valuing and Evaluating Teaching
One of the biggest challenges faculty face is their changing and accruing roles on campus. Institutions are trying new ways to incentivize and reward the efforts demanded of faculty to work on their teaching. Similarly, an in–depth evaluation of teaching requires convergence of quality data beyond the “Overall” questions on student evaluation forms. Institutions are developing models and mechanisms to evaluate teaching effectiveness that are effective and sustainable. Use this track to share innovations in this arena.

Faculty Development
Faculty keep growing and vital when they learn more about the art and science of their craft, teaching. Learning about the learning process, student development, academic integrity, new pedagogies, issues facing faculty and higher education, is crucial to our effectiveness as educators. Use this track for sessions about research on students, faculty, and higher education, or skill-development workshops.
This year we are offering two different formats to present at the Summit.

Interactive One-Hour Presentations

The Summit targets sessions that are grounded in theory and empirical research and that engage participants, modeling active-learning techniques. Preference will be given to proposals that emphasize practical, research-based approaches that can be adapted by participants from a variety of disciplines for immediate use in their college/university classes or academic programs. Presentations could also be structured as interactive panels.

Posters offer the opportunity to present research and teaching innovations in a relaxed atmosphere and to have in-depth conversations with colleagues. The Summit targets posters that document projects concluded or in-progress, providing quantitative and/or qualitative data. In order to fit onto the free-standing poster boards, each poster should be 36 x 48. Font should be readable from a distance of approximately 5 feet. Push pins will be available for mounting your material. It would be useful to have approximately 30 handouts for those who want further information.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not encourage proposals that are solely focused on teaching and learning in a single discipline or research focused on K-12 teaching and learning. In both content and title, proposals should address how innovations developed in the context of one discipline can be adapted to other disciplines.

Dr. Michele DiPietro
Executive Director
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Kennesaw State University

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