July 23, 2018

Annual Conference (ITL)

Thank you for joining us at the 2020 Innovations in Teaching & Learning (ITL) conference!  We loved your energy and enthusiasm, even in a virtual format for an entire week!


Tell us what you think!  Your feedback is more important than ever this year. We need to make some decisions about the future of ITL and this is your chance to weigh in, particularly on the question about the virtual format. Please take 3-5 minutes out of your day to complete our online feedback survey

Didn’t attend live sessions in the end? Tell us why in this separate feedback survey.


12th Annual Theme: “Teaching Towards the Future”

September 21 – September 25, 2020


Online (via Zoom platform–make sure your GMU Zoom account is active; see ITS page for help.)


Watch the welcome messages from GMU President Washington, GMU Interim Provost Ginsberg, and Stearns Center Director Shelley Reid.

Dear Mason community,

 We hope that you, your family, and your friends are staying safe and well during this difficult time.  All of us in the Stearns Center are working to ensure that instructors of all levels are supported through and after the COVID-19 crisis.   

The Innovations in Teaching & Learning (ITL) conference has always been a unique space for Mason instructors, GTAs, administrators, and staff to forge a sense of community around teaching and learning.  As the future remains uncertain, we need to foster such connections now more than ever.  For the first time, Mason’s (12th) annual Innovations in Teaching & Learning (ITL) conference will be held online with sessions scheduled across the last week in September.  

Our goal is to serve and support as many people teaching at Mason as possible with an online event that embraces the generative community spirit and interactive nature of the face-to-face ITL experience. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Bryan Alexander—author of the increasingly relevant new book Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education—is enthusiastic about joining us for both the online conference and an interactive virtual workshop. We are including value-added online features that we hope make online participation well worth your time.  

 Going virtual has additional benefits—it reduces program cost, so that with the help of our sponsors we can offer FREE registration for the conference this year.  It also affords us an opportunity to be more inclusive and accessible than ever to our instructors across campuses.

Please visit our website or reach out to Ashley Joiner, our Events Manager, at stearns@gmu.edu to stay informed about the work we are doing to support instructors during these challenging times.

We sincerely appreciate your support and flexibility during this time. 

 In solidarity,

Laura Lukes, Ph.D.

2020 ITL Conference Director

On behalf of the entire Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference Planning Team

Join us for a week of 30+ inspiring live synchronous virtual conference sessions (workshops, panels/roundtables, activity showcases/demos, and our keynote speaker events) and 30+ On-Demand pre-recorded sessions that showcase strategies and tips to support student learning in and out of the classroom.

Faculty from all ranks/disciplines, graduate students, and members of support offices are welcome.

THEME: “Teaching Towards the Future”

KEYNOTE: Bryan Alexander

Access a FREE copy of Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education 

Stream the Keynote Address on Friday, September 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am


We are delighted to announce that this year, the ITL conference is hosting a few ITL-related workshops, that are organized by other groups on campus. These workshops are open to ITL attendees and are included in the conference program, but are also open to those in the Mason community not attending the conference.

Curious what ITL is all about?  Watch our short videos:

2019 Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference

from GMU-TV.

10th Anniversary Video: 2018 Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference

from GMU-TV.