4th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference
The Dixie State University (DSU) Teaching and Learning Committee and the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference at Dixie State University, which will be held on April 6, 2018 in the Gardner Student Center and the Udvar-Hazy Building. In order to encourage more faculty and staff participation, the Teaching & Learning Conference will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Regional Symposium for Innovation, Creativity, and Research. The Teaching & Learning Conference sessions will be in the morning and the Research Symposium activities will be that same afternoon.
We invite you to participate (by attending and presenting) in this exciting conference focused on the theme Tune Up and Transform, and also to support our students by attending the Regional Symposium for Innovation, Creativity, and Research sessions. The Teaching & Learning Conference is 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, April 6th 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 the Research Symposium.
Advance Registration: We hope everyone will come to this event, and for those who register by March 30th, the conference includes free continental breakfast (water, juice, coffee, and pastries) and a luncheon. If you plan on attending, please click on the link below to register.
Advance Registration (opens soon!)
Purpose and Objectives of the Conference
Why should you participate? The conference will provide an opportunity for DSU faculty and 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/learning on campus. The conference also provides an avenue for faculty and staff to share work and insights related to teaching and learning from 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 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 lessons learned from their teaching experiences with colleagues.
- The conference will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to 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 such 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 and Continental Breakfast||8:00 – 8:30 am||Gardner Center, Ballroom|
|Conference Welcome||8:30 – 8:45 am||Gardner Center, Ballroom|
|Roundtable sessions||9:00 – 9:45 am||Gardner Center, Ballroom|
|Concurrent Session 1||10:00 – 10:50 am||Hazy Building, 2nd floor|
|Concurrent Session 2||11:00 – 11:50 am||Hazy Building, 2nd floor|
|Keynote Address and Lunch||Noon – 1:30pm||Gardner Center, Ballroom|
The Dixie State University Undergraduate Research Office (URO) is hosting the 2nd Regional Symposium for Innovation, Creativity, and Research on April 6, 2018.
Abstracts for the Symposium must be submitted by 11:59pm MST on Monday, March 5, 2018, at this site: http://bit.ly/DSUSymp
The Regional Symposium will follow the Teaching & Learning Conference. The activities will proceed as follows:
|Welcome and Poster Preview||1:30 – 2:00 pm||Snow Building|
|Oral Presentations||2:00 – 4:00 pm||Snow Building|
|Posters and Gallery Displays||4:00 – 5:00 pm||Snow Building|
|Oral Presentations||5:00 – 6:00 pm||Snow Building|
Detailed Schedule for 4th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference April 6, 2018
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 50minutes. 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
These sessions are shorter and faster-paced than the traditional presentation formats to allow more presenters and more opportunities to attend presentations. A power session is 15 minutes of presentation with 10 minutes of questions and focuses on sharing information, such as best practices, teaching, or research results. This is your opportunity to inspire attendees and provide them an opportunity to ask you questions regarding the how and why of your techniques.
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.
This year’s keynote speaker is Paul Anderson, producer and videographer for The Piano Guys. This sensational local group has taken their brand of innovation and inspiration around the world. Learn more about Paul and his perspective on how to “Tune up and Transform” at the The Piano Guys website.
Don’t Miss This Exciting Opportunity
Please reserve April 6, 2018 on your schedule and register now to attend this exciting conference!
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2nd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference 2016
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3rd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference 2017
The 3rd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference held April 7, 2017 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. Eric Pedersen, Kristine Olson, and Liza Teo. 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.