The 28th Annual Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research,
and Learning will be held on Friday,
January 13, 2017. The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning is
pleased to invite all faculty and staff to submit session proposals. Four types of conference sessions are offered: Lecture/Panel
Presentations, Teaching and Research Tool Demonstrations, Interactive Sessions,
and Hands-On Workshops. When you submit a session proposal, you will be asked to choose one of these
four session type formats, and between 60- and 75-minute sessions if you are
proposing a Lecture/Panel Presentation or an Interactive Session (The number of 75-minute sessions will be limited).
Lecture/Panel Presentations (60 or 75 minutes)
A formal presentation on any topic related to teaching, research, or
learning, by a single presenter or by a panel of presenters. Note: If you
choose the 60 minute version, we strongly suggest having no more than 3
panelists, and limiting the presentation to 30 minutes, to allow for at least
30 minutes of discussion and Q&A. If you choose the 75 minute version, it
may be more feasible (though not necessary) to have a fourth panelist, or more
time for Q&A. Presenters are strongly encouraged to bring handouts and/or
provide online resources. (Note that we cannot guarantee that your requested
session length will be available.)
topics might be those related to your own teaching and/or research that you
think would be of value to your peers. Panel presentations share a similar
purpose but with the added benefit of being able to include a variety of
perspectives, cases, or examples on the topic.
Teaching and Research Tool Demonstrations (45 minutes)
One or two presenters will demonstrate how to use a concept, method, or
strategy that facilitates teaching and/or research. The goal is to provide
faculty with new ideas on teaching or research strategies or approaches that
they can replicate. We anticipate very limited time for discussion and Q&A
at these sessions.
of topics which would work well in this format might be designing a mid-term
student feedback form, how to use a specific feature of Blackboard, or how to
use a specific mobile app to leverage your teaching. We suggest that all tool demonstration
sessions include handouts and/or step-by-step guides for attendees to take with
them after the session.
Interactive Sessions (60 or 75 minutes)
These sessions provide a forum for participants to discuss any topic
related to teaching, research, or learning. Sessions are facilitated by a
single moderator, who will give a very brief, contextualizing introduction on
the topic, of 5-10 minutes, with the majority of the session devoted to
discussion. If you anticipate that a longer time for discussion will benefit
your session, we suggest that you choose the 75-minute option. (Note that we
cannot guarantee that your requested session length will be available.)
topics which would work well for these sessions might be those that provide
attendees with a chance to share and
discuss their experiences, their approaches to solving problems, or their new
ideas on a specific topic relating to teaching and/or research.
Hands-On Workshops (60 minutes)
These workshops teach hands-on skills that can be used either for
teaching or research, and will include an overview of a new skill or technique
followed by an opportunity to practice using those skills. Attendees should
expect an interactive experience.
topics which would work well for hands-on workshops might be using Blackboard
and other learning management systems, how to use simulations in the classroom,
and video-recording your lectures. We suggest that all hands-on workshops
include handouts and/or step-by-step guides for attendees to take with them
after the session, and that you allow ample time for participants to try out
the skill or tool you are teaching.
September 26, 2016
Notification of acceptance
November 11, 2016
December 1, 2016
January 13, 2017
Sessions are 45, 60, or 75 minutes long, depending on which format you choose. Please read about the session types before making your choice. In the online session proposal form, you will be asked to provide the following information:
• The names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters
• The session type (and length) you have chosen for your session
• The proposed title of your session
• A 100-150 word abstract describing your session, which should address:
(1) the goal and content of the session; and
(2) the main takeaways for the participants of the session. (Note: this abstract will be published on the conference website if your proposal is accepted, so please make sure that it conveys what you would like potential attendees to know about your session, and that the abstract is carefully edited).
• A short description of your session (35-45 words), as you would like it to appear in the printed conference program.
Submit a Proposal:
Session proposals must be submitted online following the template outlined above.