Events

Presentation Proposals

The Festival of Teaching and learning is an annual event where all members of the UofA community can share, demonstrate, explore, and debate diverse approaches to the craft and scholarship of teaching, with the goal of enhancing the teaching and learning environment across the institution. In preparation for the festival, we are now accepting several types of proposals:

(a) presentations or demonstrations,
(b) posters, and
(c) workshops on teaching and learning.

Proposals are encouraged from faculty, students, administrators, and community members who are wanting to share their experiences, best practices, and research results related to understanding and improving teaching and learning at the University of Alberta. We encourage presenters to be explicit about ways their experiences and findings will be of interest to a broad, multidisciplinary audience of teachers and learners. Both individual and group submissions are welcome. All submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017 and will go through a blind, peer review process. The proposal review criteria can be viewed here.

All submissions must be made online, following the guidelines below. Notices of acceptance will be sent via email. Please be aware that the Adjudication Committee reserves the right to select the final presentation format in order to meet the needs of conference planning.

There are five types of session formats to apply to:


Scholarly Teaching Strategy Presentations – Time: 10 minutes presentation 5 minutes for questions

These oral presentations should describe and/or demonstrate innovative teaching, learning, or assessment strategies, which use or build upon current best practices and literature. During your presentation, you might also share any evidence you have of the effectiveness of your strategy.

Submissions should be between 300-500 words and must include:

  • A title
  • A brief description of your teaching and learning context and goals
  • Your innovative teaching, learning, and assessment strategy
  • A brief description of current best practices or research in this area
  • A brief description of any evidence that supports the effectiveness of the strategy in your context and why it might be useful for others
  • Up to 4 references
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Presentations – Time: 10 minutes presentation 5 minutes for questions

These oral presentations should highlight systematic efforts to study or evaluate the effectiveness of a teaching, learning, or assessment strategy. Your proposal should describe your methods for collecting and analyzing evidence related to your research question.

Submissions should be between 300-500 words and must include:

  • A title
  • A brief description of your teaching and learning context and goals
  • Your teaching, learning or assessment strategy
  • A brief description of current best practices or research in this area
  • Your research or evaluation objective
  • A summary of your evidence and analysis
  • An overview of your results and conclusions
  • Up to 4 references
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Teaching and Learning Poster Presentations

Time commitment: One Hour

Poster presentations will visually highlight innovative teaching, learning, and assessment strategies, useful methodologies or approaches to data gathering and analysis, or works in progress. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to share their work with their colleagues during a one hour networking session.

Submissions should be between 300-500 words and must include:

  • A title
  • A brief description of your teaching and learning context and goals
  • A summary of your teaching and learning strategy, research, or assessment methods
  • An overview of your results and conclusions, if appropriate
  • Up to 4 references
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Teaching and Learning Workshops – Time: 30 minutes

Workshops are interactive sessions where participants share their ideas, experiences, and questions as they learn to implement your teaching, learning or assessment strategy. Participants gain concrete "tips and advice" for implementation of the strategy in their courses. Workshop presenters are expected to teach participants how to implement a strategy in an interactive format for potential uptake by the wider university community.

Submissions should be no more than 500 words and must include:

  • A title
  • A brief description of your teaching and learning experience in higher education
  • A brief description of the strategy to be taught (be sure to highlight applications of specific technology where appropriate)
  • A list of the learning objectives (what do you want participants to be able to do after having taken part)
  • A description of the active learning strategies that will be employed
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Student Learning Presentations – Format: Oral 10 minutes for presenting, 5 minutes for questions

As someone who has experienced successful teaching, learning, and assessment strategies in your courses, this session provides an opportunity to showcase a paper, project, or any learning object that you created as a result of excellent teaching and learning efforts on campus. Presenters are expected to explain how their ability to produce the learning object was supported by the teaching and assessment strategies of their instructor(s). Proposals may be submitted by individuals or a group and the adjudication committee reserves the right to select the final presentation format in order to meet the needs of conference planning.

Submissions should be no more than 300-500 words and must include:

  • A title
  • A brief description of the learning product being showcased
  • A brief description of the teaching or assessment strategies used to support production of the learning object
  • A reflection on why the learning experience was more successful compared to other learning experiences
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