2021 Faculty Symposium: A Teaching and Learning Celebration

Take Action and be a part of the Faculty Symposium on Tuesday,  March 23 from 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. We invite all faculty to participate in this event.  Share your ideas about teaching and learning.  Discuss current issues in education. Disseminate your research – in progress or completed.  Collaborate with your colleagues and organize a panel discussion.  We have a number of different formats in which you can participate. Submissions are open from now through Friday, February 5 at 5:00 p.m.  Presentations can be synchronous or asynchronous.

Additionally, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity for faculty to use the new technology in the Digital District space in Lampros Hall for their presentations.  These presentations can be recorded prior to the event or done synchronously through virtual means such as Zoom.  So, if you are interested, you may want to do your presentation in one of the following areas.  You’ll be able to indicate a preference on the proposal form. 

  1. Active Learning Classroom
  2. Innovation Studio
  3. Collaboration Room (zoom studio)
  4. Collaboration/Media Viewing Room
  5. Creative Corridor
  6. DIY Recording Studio
  7. (maybe) Podcast Studio

Types of Proposals

Poster Sessions

All faculty who received RS&PG Presidential Innovative Teaching, George & Beth Low Innovative Teaching, or CEL Innovative Teaching grants are strongly encouraged to submit a virtual poster that can be displayed on the TLF Faculty Symposium website.  Discussion with the poster presenter can be made synchronously in a virtual format.  

Panel Discussions

Organize 3 or more faculty to participate in a panel discussion on salient teaching issues.  Possibilities include alternative methods of assessing faculty teaching, facilitating student success, inclusive pedagogy, high impact educational experiences and so forth. (50 minutes)

Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Identify a salient teaching issue that has wide-spread appeal.  Possibilities include alternative methods of assessing faculty teaching, facilitating student success, inclusive pedagogy, high impact educational experiences and so forth.   Facilitate a discussion with participants as they respond to prompts, articles, and/or experiences, that you provide as discussion-starters.  (50 minutes) 

Note:  The difference between panel discussions and roundtables is that only the panelists participate in the panel discussion.  In the roundtable, everyone in the session will participate. 

Great Ideas For Teaching Students (GIFTS)

Prepare one great idea for teaching (preferably interdisciplinary) and present it in 6-8 minutes to participants.  If done synchronously, participants change breakout rooms and move to a new one to hear about another great teaching idea (think academic speed-dating) after 8 minutes. Participants will leave the session with up to 5-6 great ideas for teaching, regardless of discipline. (5-6 ideas in a 50 minute session)

Innovative Teaching Session

Conduct an interactive workshop session on some aspect of innovative teaching, such as evidence-based teaching, teaching with technology, etc. (50 minutes)

Faculty Research

Research focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), disciplinary research, research on teaching in the Covid era, and the like are all options for research presentations.  Research presentations should be 10-12 minutes with approximately 15 minutes for questions at the end of the session. (3 presentations in a session, 50 minutes).

Performing/Visual Arts Presentations

Be sure to indicate what type of space you will need to display/perform your work OR whether we can post it virtually.

Submission Details

·      Only one person should submit your abstract.

·      Abstracts should be 300 words or less in length.

·      Abstracts should be submitted through the Faculty Symposium Proposal Form.

·      Abstracts can be submitted for any of the presentation types listed above.

Dates & Deadlines

·      Submissions open now. 

·      Submissions deadline is Monday, February 3 at 12:30

·      Event will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Tuesday, March 23 from 12:30 – 4:00 

For More Information

·      Teaching & Learning Forum Office, 801-626-7667

·      TLF@weber.edu