July 26, 2018

Information for Presenters

Notice: In order to meet the needs of our instructors during the uncertain COVID-19 situation, the conference is in process of being moved to an online format.  This page will be updated as we have more details to share.  Last updated 6/23/2020. 

Please visit www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus for University updates.


Information for Presenters

We look forward to seeing you online at this year’s Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference (ITL)!

As a reminder, your session details, session day/time, and presenter information (names and bios) will be published in the Sched App for the conference and in the conference proceedings. Please plan to check the Sched App the day of for any presenter updates/unexpected link or time changes. Specific presenter directions can be found below by session type. Please contact the Stearns Center’s Events Manager, Ashley Joiner with any logistical concerns (ajoiner2@gmu.edu) or the 2020 Conference Director, Laura Lukes, Ph.D., with any session “lesson plan” concerns ( llukes@gmu.edu).

We kindly require that you register for the conference, regardless of how much of the conference you are able to attend. Registration is FREE this year!  Having all presenters registered helps us for a number of bookkeeping and logistical reasons, including confirming your intent to show up for your session. If you have questions or concerns about registering, please call the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning (703-993-6200) or email stearns@gmu.edu. Please help spread the word by encouraging faculty and graduate instructors in your department or program to register and attend.

Like previous years, you will have a session host who will start and close the session.  With the new online format, there will be ITL template slides open to visually welcome participants to your session.  Session hosts will open the session for you with a general ITL welcome statement, explain the format and logistics of the session, and introduce you (referencing the bio information you provided for the conference proceedings—you can view your bio information in the ITLCP link above).  During the session, they will help by keeping time and monitoring the chat box for your session. You will also have a tech host who will monitor the waiting room, manage muting or removing disruptive participants, help with Zoom features like breakout groups if you are having trouble, etc.  The session host will wrap up the session for you by thanking you and the participants and sharing a few ITL conference announcements (including evaluation).  We highly recommend that you attend one of our presenter orientation sessions in Aug/Sept and connect with your session host/tech host prior to the conference.  Session host and tech host names will be posted in the Sched App, should you wish to connect prior to the event to practice or provide them with additional introduction material or session support instructions.


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Workshop and Panel/Roundtable Presentations

Please plan to attend one of the Presenter Orientation Sessions in Aug./Sept. to learn what to expect for session support, test your equipment (test signal strength/quality, sound–be sure to attend from where you will be the day of), practice the online interaction tools (sharing screen, polling, breakout groups, etc.), and your presentation materials (to ensure they are displaying as you would like). Please also plan to log in your session AT LEAST 15 minutes before the session start time to ensure your connection is working, to touch base with the session host introducing you, and to address any last-minute setup concerns. As you tweak your presentation plan, we encourage you to make your session an active learning experience and plan time for interaction or discussion amongst the participants. The online format has some fantastic affordances: real-time participant polling, breakout groups (assigned or random), virtual dry erase board, ability to pair with shared online documents for co-creation and brainstorming, backchannel conversation through the chat box, etc.).  Note: Virtual rooms will be setup with a waiting room and to mute participants upon entry.  Your tech host will be monitoring the waiting room and will let participants in.

If you wish to publish any supplementary materials (links, handouts, videos, etc.) to be available pre- and/or post-conference via the ITL Conference Proceedings site, please submit through this link: http://library.gmu.edu/publishing/submit

 


On Demand Pre-Recorded Presentations

On Demand Pre-Recorded Presentations: We will be providing an opening slide template that we ask you to use at the start of your recording for consistency across conference presentations.  [We are currently in process of confirming what platform and file type to use for your recording.  We will send out an update as soon as we can.  Thank you for you patience.]

Please submit your recorded presentation through this link: http://library.gmu.edu/publishing/submit

If you wish to publish any supplementary materials (links, handouts, videos, etc.), please also submit through the above link.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Lightning Talk and Roundtable Presenters

How does a lightning talk session work? (Tentative plan) During the online SoTL Showcase session, each presenter will only have 5 minutes to present their slides/study—it’s a bit of fun competition to see who can finish before the 5-minute bell signal. After everyone has presented (~45 minutes), then the session will shift into a roundtable session facilitated by Kelly Schrum, Ph.D., in which presenters will answer questions from the participants and elaborate on their work in more detail.

What should be on my slides?  The goal is to include primarily key images or data visualizations and no more than 7 words on each slide.  Because the presentations are being compiled, be sure to include your name and title on your first slide.  Some presenters chose to have a single slide with their name, title, and a single visual.  If you wish to publish any supplementary materials (links, handouts, videos, etc.) to be available pre and/or post conference through the ITL Conference Proceedings, please submit through this link: http://library.gmu.edu/publishing/submit. If you would like to see an example lightning talk, please email llukes@gmu.edu.

Sounds great—what do I need to do next?  We are excited about this unique type of session too! Please submit your RSVP for the conference as directed in your selection notification email.  In order to make this session work logistically, we ask that you please send Kelly Schrum your slides one week before the conference so that she can assemble all of the presenter slides into one continuous presentation. You will receive an email with more specific directions from her in the next few weeks.

What if I don’t want to participate in the SoTL Showcase? We understand that the SoTL Showcase format isn’t for everyone.  If you would like to present at ITL, but not participate in the SoTL Showcase, your proposal has already been accepted (with revision as indicated in reviews) as an On Demand Pre-Recorded 5-minute OR 15-minute Presentation.  More details about recording format will be forthcoming.  If you prefer this option, please indicate this in the comment box at the end of the RSVP form (in your selection notification email).

 


Poster Presenters

With an online conference format, we ask that you save your poster as a PDF and email to stearns@gmu.edu one week prior to the conference so that it is available in the Sched Conference App through the entire conference week.

SUGGESTED POSTER GUIDELINES & TIPS

ITL may not be like your typical discipline conference poster session—be creative and use your imagination. Common approaches to an ITL poster include thinking of it as a big one page handout for people about your project or resource, a visual diagram of your thought process around designing teaching activities, or a visual signpost for starting an in person conversation. Below are some suggested guidelines based on past posters, but please feel free to go in your own direction.

Mason Resource Posters: Think of this a one page infographic handout for instructors (by submitting the PDF of you poster, you have a handout to link people to). Key information: name of resource; where to find it in person/online; why an instructor needs it/how it can help them; description of what it is; data/examples showing impact of using resource (optional)

Course or Activity Re/Design Posters: Think of this as a visual before/after demonstration of your activity/assignment or course plan. Key information: What learning problems were you trying to solve with this curriculum? (learning goals, outcomes); context (course/population/semester year); examples of the learning support activities/assignments that helped students build and practice skills and knowledge; examples of assessment activities to determine if the curriculum was successful at reaching learning goals; annotations or examples of what you were doing before vs. after and why you made those changes; consider including student sample work; lessons learned and/or tips and implications for others who will try it or adapt it

Curriculum Map Posters: Think of this as a visual roadmap of your course or your program’s curriculum. Key information: What learning problems were you trying to solve with this curriculum? (learning goals, outcomes); context (course/population/semester year); examples of the learning support activities/assignments that helped students build and practice skills and knowledge; examples of assessment activities to determine if the curriculum was successful at reaching learning goals; lessons learned and/or tips and implications for others who will try it or adapt it

Example Activity or Assignment Showcase Posters: Think of this as a visual ad for your activity. Key information: What learning problem were you trying to solve with this activity? (learning goals, outcomes); context (course/population/semester year); brief description of activity/assignment; samples of assignment and student work (what does this activity look like in practice); lessons learned and/or tips and implications for others who will try it or adapt it for their classes

SoTL Posters: Think of this as a typical research poster. Key information: Research question; context (course/population/semester year); methods; results; key take aways and implications for others in their teaching practice

Other: Use your imagination!

Looking for more tips on how to design your poster for this type of conference? Join us for a poster design workshop (TBD–in Aug./Sept.) or email Laura Lukes at llukes@gmu.edu to discuss ideas.

 

Please submit your poster PDF through this link: http://library.gmu.edu/publishing/submit

If you wish to publish any supplementary materials (links, handouts, videos, etc.), please also submit through the above link.


Faculty Conversation Leaders

You don’t need to prepare or submit anything. We simply ask that you log into the Conversation Session at least 15 Minutes prior to the start of the session to ensure that your equipment/connection works and we can assign you to breakout rooms.  During the session, we ask that you get the conversation going as attendees arrive in the breakout group and point people to the Stearns Center website resources if they aren’t familiar with them.

If you wish to share any of your relevant materials (links, handouts, videos, etc.) that may or do come up in these informal conversations, please submit through this link: http://library.gmu.edu/publishing/submit


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