July 26, 2018

Request for Proposals

 


If you have any questions about session types or the submission process, please see our FAQ page or contact the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at stearns@gmu.edu.

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CALL FOR SPEAKER NOMINATIONS & SESSION PROPOSALS

Thank you for your interest in sharing your pedagogical insights and experiences at Mason’s 13th annual Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference.   Building on last year’s success, we plan to hold the conference online over a week (September 20-24, 2021), with interactive workshops and panels/roundtables via Zoom throughout the week, accompanied by an On Demand collection of short video presentations, digital posters, and annotated teaching and learning artifacts (activity descriptions, example assignments, rubrics, digital objects, etc.).  We are currently seeking proposals that showcase specific teaching approaches, assignments, and tools that will help instructors in any discipline effectively support student success at Mason and beyond. 

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE FOR THE ON DEMAND COLLECTION

(Videos, Digital Posters, Artifacts):

Extended–Friday, May 31, 2021 

 

Note: We are no longer accepting proposals for Speaker Nominations & Interactive Sessions

 

 

SESSION PROPOSAL GUIDELINES & TEMPLATEPDF or WORD

 

Please review the session types below and submit your session proposal via the appropriate submission link (there is a separate form for different categories this year).  You are welcome to submit multiple proposals and may nominate yourself to be an invited speaker for more than one of the new Stearns Center Showcase sessions.  Please note, however, that you will need to submit multiple forms if submitting more than one proposal (you can nominate yourself to be an invited speaker for multiple showcase sessions on a single submission form).  If you have any questions about the conference, session formats, or the submission process, please contact the Stearns Center at stearns@gmu.edu.   If you wish to discuss your proposal content ideas before submitting a proposal, please contact the 2021 Conference Director (llukes@gmu.edu). 

 

LOOKING FOR THE SUBMISSION FORM?

Submission forms can be found at the end of each session description (scroll down)


On Demand Sessions

On Demand Infographic

These sessions are designed to be a stand-alone online collection that can be viewed by attendees at any time during and after the conference. On Demand presenters have the additional option to participate in one of several facilitated “live” On Demand Presenter Q&A Zoom sessions during the conference. There is an opportunity to indicate your preference on the submission form. We’re also exploring tools for asynchronous Q&A between presenters and participants.  NOTE: IF SELECTED, YOU WILL NEED TO SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ON DEMAND OBJECT(S) BY LATE AUGUST .

On Demand Session Types: 

· Teaching & Learning Artifact w/Reflection or Annotation- New this year!  Items submitted to this category will be shared as part of the conference’s On Demand collection.  Your teaching and learning artifact, could be:  

      • description of an activity you do in class or ask your students to do outside of class, 
      • An outline of your “lesson plan” for the day, the week, or for a module 
      • A copy of your syllabus 
      • A copy of an assignment you give your students 
      • A link to a teaching or learning tool you have your students use 
      • A copy of an assessment or grading rubric 
      • Something else? 

The idea is that you are sharing something that you use in your teaching or that your students use to learn AND you either annotate it or submit a separate reflection document/video in which you explain to other instructors why and how you use it (and any helpful hints or lessons learned).  All On Demand presenters will also have the option to also participate in an “On Demand Collection” Q&A Zoom Session during the conference week, but this is not required. Final teaching artifact and reflection will be due late August.


· Video Presentation (15 min. max): Items submitted to this category will be shared as part of the conference’s On Demand collection. These On Demand videos could:  

      • Describe a learning support activity you ask your students to do 
      • Demonstrate tool you use to facilitate learning 
      • Describe a teaching strategy or approach to classroom management 
      • Explain how you have transformed an activity or course,  
      • Describe your curriculum (re)design process,  
      • Describe the types of instructional support resources available to instructors at Mason from your office or unit (e.g., Career Services, Writing Across the Curriculum), or 
      • Something else? 

The idea is that they are a brief overview—you could record a traditional talk, record your screen walking viewers step-by-step through directions on how to do something, etc. 

Note: If your submission is selected, you are welcome to also submit supplementary materials (e.g., syllabi, assignment directions, grading rubrics, activity description, list of top ten tips) to be published in the conference proceedings along with your video. 

All On Demand presenters will also have the option to also participate in an “On Demand Collection” Q&A Zoom Session during the conference week, but this is not required. Final video file will be due late August.


· Digital Poster Presentation: Items submitted to this category will be shared as part of the conference’s On Demand collection. These On Demand digital poster presentations could:  

      • Describe a learning support activity you ask your students to do,  
      • Demonstrate a tool you use to facilitate learning,  
      • Describe a teaching strategy or approach to classroom management,  
      • Explain how you have transformed an activity or course,  
      • Describe your curriculum (re)design process,  
      • Describe the types of instructional support resources available to instructors at Mason from your office or unit (e.g., Career Services, Writing Across the Curriculum), or 
      • Something else?  

Be creative with you design—feel free to create a traditional poster, an infographic, a hyperlinked PDF, etc. 

Note: If your submission is selected, you are welcome to also submit supplementary materials (e.g., syllabi, assignment directions, grading rubrics, activity description, list of top ten tips) to be published in the conference proceedings along with your digital poster. 

All On Demand presenters will also have the option to also participate in an “On Demand Collection” Q&A Zoom Session during the conference week, but this is not required. Final poster files will be due late August.

· Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Video Presentation (15 min. max)– similar to the above video description, but these videos are specific to sharing the results, methods, or something else about your SoTL or Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) project.  Selected submissions in this category will also be featured on the new 4-VA supported SoTL Collaboratory website.   If you are presenting SoTL work… As this work will be shared at the conference and published in the  conference proceedings, we want to be sure that appropriate measures have been taken to protect  human subjects.  More information can be found  here and you can always confirm with IRB that you are ok to share the results of this project in a  public forum. 

· Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Digital Poster Presentation- similar to the above digital poster  description, but these posters are specific to sharing the results, methods, or something else about your SoTL or Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) project.  Selected submissions in this category will also be featured on the new 4-VA supported SoTL Collaboratory websiteIf you are presenting SoTL work… As this work will be shared at the conference and published in the  conference proceedings, we want to be sure that appropriate measures have been taken to protect  human subjects.  More information can be found  here and you can always confirm with IRB that you are ok to share the results of this project in a  public forum. 

ON DEMAND SESSION PROPOSAL FORM


Stearns Center Showcase Sessions–Be an invited speaker!

New! Nominate yourself (or a colleague) to be an Invited Speaker in one of the new Stearns Center Showcase Sessions 

Each of these 90-minute interactive Stearns Center Showcase sessions have a session convener who will organize and lead the session that runs via Zoom during the conference week. The session convener will coordinate the invited speakers/panelists like yourself, who will start the session by sharing a few brief remarks or a lightning talk presentation (no longer than 5 minutes for each panelist/speaker).  Then the session will shift into a roundtable discussion guided by the convener, polls/chat-based activities, a breakout group activity, or some combination of activities.  Invited speakers are expected to prepare a few brief remarks and interact with participants throughout the session activities.  Conveners will reach out to selected speakers with more session specifics.  

Showcase Session Topics include:

  • Strategies for Teaching with Writing Assignments
  • Managing Group Work Activities and Collaborative Student Projects
  • Embedding Experiential or Community-Engaged Learning Projects Into Your Courses
  • Class Activities and Teaching Strategies to Engage Students in Online or Blended Courses
  • Creating Community and a Sense of Belonging in Your Course
  • Pandemic Pedagogy Showcase: Lessons Learned and New Models
  • Incorporating Mindfulness and Well-Being Into Your Courses
  • Teaching Sensitive Topics and Managing Politically Charged Class Conversations
  • Teaching Transformation Talks: How Your Teaching Has Changed
  • Strategies for Non-Exam Assessments, Grading and Giving Feedback
  • Transparency in Your Course and Assignments: Making the “Hidden Curriculum” Visible
  • Mason’s Active Learning Classrooms and Online Teaching Technologies
  • Mason Instructor Resources Roadshow & Resource Fair
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Showcase*
  • Documenting and Sharing Your Teaching by Creating Open Educational Resources (OER)

Note: You do NOT need to prepare a formal title/abstract to nominate yourself (or a colleague) as a speaker/panelist. Instead, we ask you to provide a few sentences about why you want to speak in the session (or why you think your colleague would be great to speak in the session) and what you plan to share to benefit instructors across disciplines (or what your colleague might share).  However, if selected, you are encouraged and welcomed to later submit supplementary materials (e.g., syllabi, assignment directions, grading rubrics, activity description, list of top ten tips) to be published in the conference proceedings.  

*If you are presenting SoTL work… As this work will be shared at the conference and published in the  conference proceedings, we want to be sure that appropriate measures have been taken to protect students (human subjects).  More information can be found  here and you can always confirm with IRB that you are ok to share the results of this project in a  public forum. 

SPEAKER NOMINATION FORM–No longer accepting nominations

 


Interactive Sessions (Workshops, Panels/Roundtables)

We want these live sessions (via Zoom) to be interactive experiences in which participants have opportunities to connect meaningfully with the content you are sharing, with the presenters, and/or with each other—feeling comfortable to share their teaching-related experiences or try out new ideas or tools without the additional stress of being recorded.   If you are interested in leading an interactive session, but are looking for ideas on how to make it interactive, please reach out to the 2021 Conference Director (llukes@gmu.edu) to discuss your ideas before submitting.  Note: We ask the presenters of selected sessions attend a 1-hour Presenter Preparation Session spring semester or in August/September. 

Interactive Session Types: 

  • PANEL / ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (40 or 90 minutes)
    These Zoom meeting sessions are synchronous, yet interactive, conversational spaces centered on a specific topic in which the participant reflection and conversation is facilitated by the presenter-moderator. The discussion could be kicked off by an individual or a panel of selected speakers posing questions, giving their brief opening remarks on the subject, or sharing how they manage a particular aspect of their teaching practice. Think of these as open dialogue strategy-sharing sessions. NOTE: If you would like to propose a lightning talk/roundtable session with a confirmed lightning-talk presenter line-up, this would be the session type you would select. If you have an idea for a roundtable but would like help recruiting diverse participants, the Stearns Center may be able to assist you. 
  • MINI WORKSHOP (40 or 90 minutes)
    These Zoom meeting sessions are synchronous presenter-led opportunities for faculty to create materialsbrainstorm ideas, or practice specific tools/techniques. The presenter or presenter team provides a brief pedagogy explanation or example/case study and follows with a presenter-facilitated opportunity for attendees to practice an approach and/or create a product or example they could use in their own courses. Proposals that include more involved topic demonstrations (e.g., role-playing scenarios, curricula development) would also be appropriate for this type of session. Frequent, meaningful interaction with the audience and/or between participants is expected for these sessions; participants should leave with a plan for how to implement new ideas into their own teaching. 

INTERACTIVE SESSION PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FORM–No longer accepting

 


DEAR COLLEAGUES LETTER – REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS   

Dear colleagues: 

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting proposals for the 202Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference (ITL), which will be held online September 20-24, 2021.  It’s a week in which instructors from all over Mason come together (via Zoom and our open-access journal) to showcase and exchange effective teaching strategies for use in and out of the classroom. 

We are seeking proposals for a variety of online conference session types that share specific teaching approaches, assignments, and tools that will help instructors in any discipline effectively support student success at Mason and beyond. 

All session topics are welcome, although we especially encourage proposals that provide specific strategies, activities, or assignments for:

  • managing group work and team projects
  • providing opportunities for students to practice during class
  • supporting effective peer-to-peer learning and feedback
  • creating an inclusive learning community (online, face-to-face settings)
  • communicating with students in/out of class
  • connecting course content with career-readiness and individual goals
  • incorporating self-reflection, mindfulness, or well-being into learning
  • mentoring GTAs and LAs to teach students
  • teaching and learning in active learning classrooms
  • accommodating the diverse needs of all our students
  • engaging students in complex multi-disciplinary, experiential, or community-engaged experiences
  • pandemic pedagogy and teaching transformations

See our archives for more inspiration!

Proposals are being accepted for a variety of session types:

  • 5– or 15-minute Video Presentations
  • Digital Poster Presentations
  • Teaching & Learning Artifacts with reflection or annotations
  • 40- or 90-minute panel/roundtable discussions
  • 40- or 90-minute interactive mini-workshops

All members of the Mason community are invited to submit proposals. 

Proposals are due by,February 24, 2021. 

New this year! Nominate yourself (or a colleague) to be selected as a panelist speaker for one of our new Stearns Center Showcase sessions this year.  Each of these 90-minute interactive Stearns Center Showcase sessions have a session convener who will organize and lead the session that runs via Zoom during the conference week. The session convener will coordinate the invited speakers/panelists like yourself, who will start the session by sharing a few brief remarks or a lightning talk presentation (no longer than 5 minutes for each panelist/speaker) on a given topic.  Then the session will shift into a roundtable discussion guided by the convener, polls/chat-based activities, a breakout group activity, or some combination of activities.  Invited speakers are expected to prepare a few brief remarks and interact with participants throughout the session activities.  Conveners will reach out to selected speakers with more session specifics.  

Showcase Session Topics include:

  • Strategies for Teaching with Writing Assignments
  • Managing Group Work Activities and Collaborative Student Projects
  • Embedding Experiential or Community-Engaged Learning Projects Into Your Courses
  • Class Activities and Teaching Strategies to Engage Students in Online or Blended Courses
  • Creating Community and a Sense of Belonging in Your Course
  • Pandemic Pedagogy Showcase: Lessons Learned
  • Incorporating Mindfulness and Well-Being Into Your Courses
  • Teaching Sensitive Topics and Managing Politically Charged Class Conversations
  • Teaching Transformation Talks: How Your Teaching Has Evolved
  • Strategies for Non-Exam Assessments, Grading and Giving Feedback
  • Transparency in Your Course and Assignments: Making the “Hidden Curriculum” Visible
  • Mason’s Active Learning Classrooms and Online Teaching Technologies
  • Mason Instructor Resources Roadshow & Resource Fair
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Showcase
  • Documenting and Sharing Your Teaching by Creating Open Educational Resources (OER)

Wondering if your session idea is a good fit? Looking for other faculty who might collaborate on a panel with you? Don’t want to propose a whole session, but have a quick tip or strategy to share? Want to share, but not sure what to present about?  We’re happy to discuss your ideas with you.  Please direct consultation appointment requests to stearns@gmu.edu or email questions directly to Dr. Laura Lukes, 2021 ITL Conference Director and Assistant Director for Teaching Excellence at the Stearns Center, llukes@gmu.edu. 

Sincerely,

E. Shelley Reid, Ph.D.
Director for Teaching Excellence, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

Laura A. Lukes, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Teaching Excellence, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, and 2020 ITL Conference Director


Learn more about session formats, selection criteria and FAQs below!