Conference on Teaching and Learning

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CoTL 2017                      May 8-9, 2017


The CoTL Steering Committee is pleased to announce the dates for the 7th Annual South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning to be held in Mobile on May 8-9th 2017. As you head into the holidays, please be thinking about ways in which you can enrich the conference through your participation. Follow @USA_ILC on Twitter or check our website for the latest updates. #COTL17

The theme for CoTL this year is "Activity and Assessment – Making Learning Active”. As usual, keynote speakers will anchor the CoTL sessions: Dr. Michele DiPietro, co-author of “How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching” and Dr. Joan Middendorf, co-author of "Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking” will help us bring the conference theme alive.

The Call for Papers will come out in mid-January 2017 with submissions due around mid-February. We shall be looking for presentations to share innovations and scholarship related to various aspects of teaching - whether in the classroom, online or in the field. Some topical areas to consider:

  • Active Learning: are you systematically incorporating active learning techniques into your teaching? What have been the challenges and successes? How are you assessing the impact of this work? What has been the impact on you, your students or the curriculum?
  • Technology enhanced learning: what innovative tools are you using in your instruction? How has the incorporation of technology tool(s) changed the nature of your instructional practice? What insights have you gained into your teaching and your students’ learning?
  • New faculty experiences: At all institutions, new faculty have to adjust to the expectations of their students, their departments, their disciplines. Calling all new faculty - what has your teaching experience been at your new institution? How have you adapted to the new circumstances? What techniques/support have you taken advantage of to help your transition?
  • Experiential Learning: Do your students step out into the ‘real’ world to complete parts of their learning? How have you used these experiences to help shape your teaching and enhance student learning? What are the challenges in such an approach? What are the rewards?
  • General Education: Courses that part of a core curriculum or serve students from across the academic spectrum face special challenges. Are you working on GenEd reform or do you have a successful GenEd course? What are the design elements that make such courses successful? What are the teaching challenges that have to be overcome?

There will be a special Graduate Student Poster session which will include structured feedback for the presenters. Details TBA.