3rd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference / Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Dixie State University (DSU) Teaching and Learning Committee and the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference at Dixie State University that will be held on April 7, 2017 in the Gardner Student Center and the HAZY Building. In order to encourage more faculty and staff participation, this year’s Teaching & Learning Conference will be held in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Symposium. The Teaching & Learning Conference will be held in the morning and the Undergraduate Research Symposium activities will be held that same afternoon.
We invite you to participate (by attending and presenting) in this exciting conference focused on the theme “Inspiring Inquiry & Love of Learning” and also to support our students by attending the Undergraduate Research Symposium sessions. The Teaching & Learning Conference and Undergraduate Research Symposium are free for all DSU faculty and staff and is being funded by the Office of Academic Services.
In order to encourage all faculty members (full-time, part-time, and adjunct) to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in this conference and Research Day, April 7 has been designated as a professional development day. Students may be involved in such activities as collaborative group projects, computer lab projects, library research, etc. during regular class time so faculty can participate in the Teaching & Learning Conference and Research Day.
Advance Registration: We hope everyone will come to this event, and for those who register by April 3rd, the conference includes free continental breakfast (water, juice, coffee, and pastries) and plated luncheon. If you plan on attending some of the conference events, please click on the link below to register so we can plan appropriately for the number of people that will be attending.
Purpose and Objectives of the Conference
Why should you participate? The conference will provide an opportunity for DSU faculty/staff to share and learn new teaching/learning best practices, innovations, and lessons learned related to effective active learning and to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning on campus. The conference also provides an avenue for faculty and staff to share what they have presented (and also learned) related to teaching and learning at professional conferences. Below are the specific objectives of the conference.
- Participants will feel an increase desire to incorporate more effective, efficient, and active learning teaching strategies.
- Participants will recognize and apply key principles that they have learned from other DSU faculty to promote more effective, efficient, and active learning strategies in their courses.
- The conference will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to share best practices, innovations, and/or lessons learned from their teaching experiences with their colleagues.
- The conference will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to network and develop professional relationships and collaborations with each other especially based on common interests.
- The conference will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to give a professional presentation related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. This experience may encourage more faculty to be more involved in research and present their research at professional conferences.
- The conference will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to share what they have presented (and also learned) at professional conferences with other DSU faculty and staff (this is a requirement for faculty after they attend a profession conference as stated in the policy manual).
Who Should Attend
The primary target audience for this conference is DSU faculty and staff. Students may also be included to present and share with faculty presentations, e.g., service learning projects, civic engagement, etc. We do ask that you make a note when you submit your proposal, or email us before the conference if you will be including students in your presentations. The conference is free for all DSU faculty and staff and is being funded by the Office of Academic Services.
Schedule Overview and Location
The conference opening session will start at 8:30 am in the Gardner Student Center Ballroom and the conference will conclude at 1:30 pm (a continental breakfast and lunch is included).
|Registration (continental breakfast)||8:00 – 8:30am||Gardner Center Ballroom|
|Conference Welcome||8:30 – 8:45am||Gardner Center Ballroom|
|Roundtable sessions||9:00 – 9:45am||Gardner Center Ballroom|
|Concurrent Sessions||10:00 – 10:50am||Hazy Building|
|Concurrent Sessions||11:00 – 11:50am||Hazy Building|
|Keynote Address and Lunch||Noon – 1:30pm||Gardner Center Ballroom|
|Lunch||Noon – 12:30pm||Gardner Center Ballroom|
|Keynote Address||12:30pm – 1:30pm||Gardner Center Ballroom|
Research Day will begin at 1:30 pm, right after the Keynote speaker, in the Eccles Fine Arts Building. The activities will proceed as follows:
|Welcome and Poster Preview||1:30 – 2:00 pm||Eccles Fine Arts Building|
|Oral Presentations||2:00 – 3:00 pm||Performing Arts Building|
|Posters and Gallery Displays||3:00 – 4:00 pm||Eccles Fine Arts Building|
|Oral Presentations||4:00 – 5:00 pm||Performing Arts Building|
Detailed Schedule for 3rd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference April 7, 2016
Roundtables – 9:00-9:45 AM
Roundtables are designed for small group discussion of specialized topics, with the presenter leading the discussion. This participatory format allows for a highly interactive presentation lasting 45 minutes. Several Roundtable discussions will be scheduled simultaneously in one large room, with minimal audiovisual use.
Concurrent Session – 10:00-10:50 AM and 11:00-11:50 AM
Individual or Group Sessions
These 50-minute sessions are in a traditional presentation format and may be presented by one individual or several presenters. The focus of these sessions is on sharing information, such as best practices, teaching, and research results. Proposals may include more than one presentation (as in symposia). In addition, planners may “bundle” concurrent presentations with another of related content to form one 50-minute session.
A panel presentation is a small group in which the individual members interact and present differing viewpoints on a debatable topic. The purpose of the 50-minute panel presentation is to be able to hear a wide-range of perspectives on a given topic and to hear support and reasons for those positions from a group of experts.
Pecha Kucha Sessions
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. Four presenters will present during the 50 minute session. Fifteen minutes for questions will be included at the end of the session, giving audience members time to ask questions of the presenters.
EventsXD Mobile App
The Teaching & Learning Conference is using the EventsXD mobile app to provide mobile access to the most updated and complete conference information, including the schedule, session information, presenter information, building floorplans, and more!
We will hear from three different keynote speakers during the lunch break:
- Kristine Olson (Faculty Keynote)
- Eric Pedersen (Administrator Keynote)
- Liza Teo (Student Keynote)
Don’t Miss This Exciting Opportunity
Please reserve April 7, 2017 on your schedule and register now to attend this exciting conference!
1st Annual Teaching & Learning Conference 2015
The 1st Annual Teaching & Learning Conference held two years ago (April 10, 2015) was a great success and was attended by over 150 people. There were 35 presentations by faculty and staff members. We were privileged to have Dr. David Merrill (an internationally renowned instructional effectiveness consultant) present as the keynote speaker. We know that many faculty wished to attend, but due to scheduling conflicts, were unable to attend. For the benefit of those who could not attend and those that would like a refresher on the conference, click on the link below for video recordings of the keynote address and each of the concurrent presentations.
2nd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference 2016
The 2nd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference held last year (April 8, 2016) was a great success with over 150 participants. Faculty and staff put together over 30 presentations. Our keynote presentations were given by our very own Dr. Sandy Peterson and Dr. Richard Featherstone. For the benefit of those who could not attend or would like a refresher of the conference, click on the link below to access video recordings of the keynote addresses and the concurrent presentations.