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CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

25th Anniversary 

Ann Ferren Conference

Friday, January 10, 2014

 

The Center for Teaching, Research and Learning is pleased to invite all faculty, staff, and students to propose sessions for the 2014 Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning. These may include individual or panel presentations, round-table discussions or hands-on workshops.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013. Sessions will be selected by the Ann Ferren Conference Planning Committee.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Anna Olsson (x6077; aolsson@american.edu) or Marilyn Goldhammer (x2068; goldhamm@american.edu).


PROPOSAL GUIDELINES:

Sessions are one hour and fifteen minutes long, typically feature two or more presenters, and should be as interactive as possible.

In the session proposal form, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • The names, affiliations and contact information of all presenters
  • The proposed title of your session
  • The session type
  • A summary of your session (consisting of up to 250 words), which should address: (1) the goal of the session; (2) who your target audience is; and (3) what you want your audience to think about, to be challenged by, and/or to do differently in their teaching and research as a result of your session.
  • A short description of your session (35-45 words), as you would like it to appear in the final conference program

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR THE 2014 ANN FERREN CONFERENCE!


TIPS AND IDEAS FOR YOUR PROPOSAL:


Click on the links below to read session descriptions from previous conferences:

2013 session descriptions
2012 session descriptions


Following the 2013 Ann Ferren Conference, CTRL asked attendees what session topics they would like to see at next year’s conference, and some of these suggestions are listed below. Feel free to use this list of session topic ideas as an inspiration for your own proposal:



Classroom Techniques/Practical Classroom Pedagogy:
  • Using a variety of activities in the classroom
  • Enhancing student participation
  • How to create and use simulations in class
  • How to encourage motivation and enthusiasm in the classroom
  • Generating and improving class discussions
  • How to improve teacher/TA presentation skills
  • Creativity in the classroom
  • Stimulating classes without traditional lectures

Meeting diverse student needs:
  • Teaching students with learning disabilities
  • Handling political diversity in the classroom
  • Addressing diversity (gender, race, class) in the classroom
  • Teaching ESL students
  • Internships for international students
  • Bringing opposite viewpoints together in class

Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

  • How to measure progress in students' learning
  • Efficiently giving feedback on writing assignments
  • Using homework to evaluate student performance
  • Designing meaningful assignments using Blackboard
  • Grading and grade inflation
  • Low stakes writing assignments

Online and Hybrid Learning:
  • Distance learning as a future trend for education delivery
  • Comparing socialization issues between online and face-to-face teaching
  • Hybrid courses
  • Improving and online discussions

Research:
  • Responsible research, writing, and citing
  • How to get grants/funding
  • How to be and efficient researcher/teacher
  • Involving undergraduate students in research
  • Research on teaching
  • How to best integrate your research into your classes

Technology:
  • How to use the iPhone for teaching
  • Use of technology in the classroom
  • Device-agnostic mobile learning
  • Latest classroom technology for boomers and strugglers
  • The flipped classroom
  • Media Pedagogy
  • High-tech applications in classroom
  • Hands-on use of technology in the classroom
  • Apps for Higher Education
  • Student Response Systems or Clickers

Other Topics:
  • Academic integrity, cheating, and plagiarism
  • Classroom Ethics
  • Time management strategies for balancing teaching and research
  • Balancing work/life
  • Mental health
  • Managing time, stress, working with others, etc
  • Preparing a syllabus
  • Working with teaching assistants
  • Collegiality
  • Teaching block classes effectively
  • Teaching students how to take notes and retain information
  • Teaching in a rapidly changing field
  • A session on class size and the one-size fits all attitude in teaching
  • How to deal with student demands for grade changes
  • Women in Academia
  • How to continue to help the community
  • Learning and the brain
  • A panel for first-time teachers
  • A panel for more experienced faculty
  • How to teach students to think and write critically
  • Writing across the curriculum
  • A session on language learning
  • Peer learning
  • Students talking about their best classes
  • Sustainability education
  • Teaching the Millenials
  • More on how to use DC resources effectively in teaching
  • Working with external clients and/or community organizations

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR THE 2014 ANN FERREN CONFERENCE!

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Anna Olsson (x6077; aolsson@american.edu).



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