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Full Contact Teaching: Making the Most of Class Time
DePaul University Teaching and Learning Conference
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 | DePaul Center, 8th Floor Conference Center
The 2014 Teaching & Learning Conference invites DePaul faculty and staff to consider the value and possibilities of “real-time” interaction in the classroom and online. This year’s theme, “Full Contact Teaching: Making the Most of Class Time,” calls us to imagine the range of interactive learning experiences that add value to person-to-person learning:
- What discipline-specific models exist to flip the classroom, or deliver course content outside of class to allow more time for students to engage in the material through class activities?
- How can we take full advantage of the immediacy that real-time or face-to-face teaching affords? How do we ensure our teaching remains focused on human connection and interaction?
- How can we use technology to deliver just-in-time teaching, which adapts to students? varied and changing needs?
- What are the challenges of teaching hybrid classes, which combine online learning and face-to-face interaction?
The keynote speaker for the 2014 conference is Dr. Jose Bowen, Dean and Professor of Music at Southern Methodist University. His keynote, based in part on his book Teaching Naked (Jossey-Bass, 2012), will focus on how new technology can free up more time for in-class dialogue. In addition to the keynote address, Dr. Bowen will offer an afternoon workshop that offers faculty specific strategies and ideas for making the most out of face-to-face class time.RSVP
For a brief and engaging introduction to Jose, watch his TedX talk below or visit his website teachingnaked.com.
As with past conferences, the 2014 Teaching & Learning Conference will feature concurrent sessions led by DePaul faculty and instructional staff. The conference is jointly sponsored by Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS), the Office for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA), the Committee on Learning and Teaching (COLT), and the Quality of Instruction Council (QIC).
Call for Proposals
All DePaul instructional faculty and staff members are invited to submit proposals and register for the 19th Annual DePaul Faculty Teaching and Learning Conference.
The theme of this year's conference, “Full Contact Teaching: Making the Most of Class Time,” calls us to consider the value and possibilities of real-time interaction in the classroom and online. We invite presenters to imagine the range of interactive learning experiences that enhance person-to-person learning.
Over the past several decades, educators have been exploring and discussing alternatives to traditional lecture-based classes, where the emphasis is on students’ passive acquisition of knowledge rather than active engagement and application. Those conversations have only gotten louder with the advent of high-quality instructional materials being uploaded to sites like Khan Academy and massive open online courses (MOOCs) like Coursera and edX. What sorts of opportunities and challenges do these sites, along with other instructional technologies, offer faculty at more traditional institutions of higher learning? And what can physical universities like DePaul offer that MOOCs and other online learning programs cannot?
Presentations on this year's theme could include, but are not limited to, topics such as:
What discipline-specific models exist to flip the classroom, or deliver course content outside of class to allow more time for students to engage in the material through class activities?
How can we take full advantage of the immediacy that real-time or face-to-face teaching affords? How do we ensure our teaching remains focused on human connection and interaction?
How can we use technology to deliver just-in-time teaching, which adapts to students’ varied and changing needs?
How can we maximize the opportunities provided by hybrid classes, which combine online learning and face-to-face interaction?
How can we harness peer-to-peer learning to enhance students’ classroom experiences?
The conference is jointly sponsored by Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS), the Office for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA), and Faculty Council's Committee on Learning and Teaching (COLT). The Quality of Instruction Council (QIC) provides financial assistance.
We welcome proposals for three types of presentations:
Fifteen-minute individual presentations
Sixty-minute collaborative sessions
Collaborative sessions, which are open to two or more presenters, can take the form of an interactive workshop, a panel presentation on a specific theme, or any other format.
Proposals should include a presentation or session abstract of 50 words or less that can be included in the conference program. In addition to the abstract, the proposal should include a description of no more than 250 words that provides the proposal reviewers with additional information to make selection decisions.
The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, February 3, 2014. The conference committee will notify presenters and session organizers of selection decisions by Friday, March 14, 2014. If your proposal is accepted, you and your co-presenters (if applicable) will be automatically registered for the conference.
Proposal Evaluation Criteria
As you consider presentation topics, please bear in mind the following selection criteria:
Adaptability: Can the topic be put into practice by attendees from different disciplines?
Originality: Does it feature innovative ideas, models, and/or approaches to teaching?
Clarity: Does the proposal description clearly define what will be presented? Do the title and abstract concisely summarize the focus and purpose of the presentation?
Fit: Does the proposal align with the conference theme by addressing teaching strategies, practices, or research that involve making the most of class time?
Individual presentations and collaborative sessions will take place in smart classrooms, which are equipped with a computer, projector, and Internet connection. Presenters can indicate preference for fixed (auditorium) or free (tables and chairs) seating.
Previous conference webpagesare available for review, including schedules, presenters, and presentation materials.