Conference on Teaching and Learning

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May 8-9, 2017

The CoTL Steering Committee is pleased to invite you to the 7th Annual South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning to be held in University of South Alabama Student Center on May 8-9th 2017. For latest updates follow @USA_ILC on Twitter or check our website. #COTL17

The theme for CoTL this year is "Activity and Assessment – Making Learning Active”. 

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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.

A lunch time panel discussion with the Presidents of the University South Alabama and other local colleges is planned for Monday, May 8th.


The Call for Proposals is now open.

Submission deadline:
Proposal Submission deadline extended to March 15 @ 11:59 p.m. 

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. They will be reviewed by peers and the program committee. There will be rolling acceptances so submit early to help plan your summer activities!

We welcome interactive workshops, presentations, and posters across a range of topics related to the scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning. CoTL presenters share innovation and scholarship related to various aspects of teaching - whether in the classroom, online, or in the field. Conference tracks include:

  • 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 are 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? *This is also the category under which to submit general proposals on topics of interest to attendees that don’t fit under any of the other 4 categories*

In each of the tracks the following submission types are possible:

  • Interactive Workshops (40 min): This session type allows a more in depth engagement with an idea or a technique. The proposal should clarify how the audience will be engaged during the workshop and what the anticipated outcomes are in terms of a take home message. Individual or team presentations are appropriate for this session type.
  • Presentations (20 min): This session type allows the sharing of a faculty teaching experience that is more descriptive but still allows for some interactive audience engagement.
  • Poster: For Graduate Students from any discipline wishing to share some aspect of their work that has teaching and learning implications. Graphically rich, colorful displays are encouraged. Poster boards will be provided (size TBA). Structured critique and feedback will be provided to all accepted posters.

 This year’s conference will feature awards for the best poster and best workshop or presentation.