Loyola University Chicago

Focus on Teaching and Learning


Focus on Teaching and Learning

FOTL is a collaborative effort by several academic-support units to provide an opportunity for sharing effective practice for teaching and learning at Loyola University Chicago.

Focus on Teaching & Learning

August 18, 2016, 8:30 am – 4 pm

Link to Call for Proposals   (Please read information below before submitting your proposal)

Link to event registration

Lakeshore Campus

The Loyola University Chicago bi-annual Focus on Teaching & Learning (FOTL) conference is dedicated to the belief that as educators, we can grow and develop by learning through one another. We seek to contribute to a faculty and staff life that involves active scholarship, candid and vibrant collaboration, and innovative activities that reflect the University’s mission. Our hope is that FOTL can support faculty activity at all stages of development, and that work begun through this gathering can continue in myriad ways in faculty life.

The theme of the August conference is "Faculty as Learners: A Lens for Building Teaching and Learning Strategies." This broad theme is intended to be inclusive of our work across disciplines, and to remind us of our role as learners, both inside and outside the classroom.

We are thrilled to be joined by Therese Huston, Ph.D., our keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Huston is a cognitive psychologist and the author of Teaching What You Don’t Know and How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices.  She is an engaging, experienced, and humorous presenter with a diverse background in teaching excellence. She is the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University and current Faculty Consultant to the Center (now named the Center for Faculty Development).  

Call for Proposals

We encourage submissions related to a wide variety of teaching-related topics.  In addition, we hope to make submissions accessible enough for faculty to submit products that are works in progress as well as fully conceived. 

In order to promote continuity, cohesiveness, and a fluid experience for attendees, sessions will last 45 minutes, and will include 30 minutes of presentation with 15 minutes left for Q & A and discussion. This format allows for multiple topics to be covered, and for attendees to have ample time for networking and discussing ideas in more detail. The “Ignatian Innovation” format, described below, will continue to allow space for fledgling ideas that could benefit specifically from a collaborative, university-based format such as that provided by FOTL.

Deadline for proposals is Monday, May16. Click here to find the Proposals Form

  • Sessions present theory, concepts, and/or practices. They consist of either one presentation, or in some cases, two brief presentations back-to-back.  Should the latter be chosen, this format is also appropriate for unique ideas that may be discipline-specific and/or may be in an early stage that would warrant more extensive, small-group discussion. Sessions should be 30 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of discussion.
  • Ignatian Innovation This venue provides a chance to share new ideas related to Ignatian Pedagogy without the pressure of the need for these ideas to be fully formed. Presenters will be asked to discuss their topic briefly (within 10 minutes) using PowerPoint, poster, or discussion format. Presenters will receive feedback on the idea and offer similar feedback to other colleagues. This venue, building off of the “Pecha Kucha” and “Ted Talk” formats, is intended to be fast-paced and creative, and will allow for ample discussion to flesh out ideas more thoroughly.  Our hope is that these sessions can also incorporate one or more of the five key concepts associated with Ignatian Pedagogy, including: Context, Experience, Reflection, Evaluation, and Action (see http://www.luc.edu/fcip/ignatianpedagogy/ )

Find conference registration online at: http://august2016fotl.eventbrite.com

August FOTL is co-sponsored by Academic Technology Services, The Center for Experiential Learning, Faculty Administration, the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, the Office of Research Services, and the University Libraries.