Call for symposium presenters for the engaging teaching symposium

by Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Thursday, March 05, 2020 9:30 AM

The Engaging Teaching Symposium ​recently announced a call for symposium presenters.

The symposium will take place on May 28–29, 2020. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Mellon Engaging Humanities Initiative; Instructional Development; the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning; and Graduate Division at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Keynote speaker is Sam Wineburg from Stanford University.

Good teaching leads to new ways to engage ideas, students, faculty, TAs, and communities. Proposals are invited from instructors and learners from across UCSB that describe:

-Innovative pedagogies or curriculum that engage students in dynamic ways
-Innovative projects that students have created that they consider to have been especially engaging

The goal of the symposium is for UCSB community members (instructors, graduate students, and undergraduate students) to exchange ideas and learn from each other to advance learning and teaching across the campus. The symposium invites interactive contributions that encourage fruitful sharing of experiences, resources, and advice. ​They especially welcome accounts of teaching and learning experiences by instructors and/or TAs, or TA/instructor/student teams: What did you try? How did it work or not work? Undergraduate students presenting on their own are invited to participate in the digital artifact/poster session.

Presenters are welcome to share ideas at any stage of development:

-“Half-baked” ideas that you are beginning work on or want feedback on
-“Fully-baked” ideas that you have already implemented or studied and want to share with other participants, or
-“Recipes for success” that highlight theoretical approaches that you are either interested in or case-studies of how you implemented a theory-informed practice into your teaching or learning.

The symposium will have three presentation formats:

1. Roundtables: 60-minute focused discussions about a teaching-related topic, question, or idea (for instance: cross/interdisciplinary teaching, research-based active learning, group work in large classes) with 1-6 presenters. Roundtable presenters should provide a small number (e.g., 2-5) of questions or provocations for discussion based on teaching. The questions should spark lively conversation among participants and attendees. Please include the names of roundtable presenter(s) in your proposal. (Note: conference organizers may combine small presenter teams into sessions with others.)

2. Bite-sized Workshops: 30-minute workshops that facilitate activities around a topic. These can be led by one person or a small group of people.

3. Digital Artifact/Poster Session: Visual presentations of ideas, findings, pedagogical innovations, or activities. Posters and digital artifacts are both welcome. During the session, small groups will circulate from one presenter to the next, and the presenter will have about 10 minutes to discuss with each group.

*Submit an abstract no longer than 300 words by March 9 using this form. In addition to content, please describe the stage of development of your project to help ​them make their sessions as useful as possible. For questions, contact Dr. Elina Salminen at