Focus on Teaching and Learning, Spring 2014
January 9, 2014, 8:30am-4pm, Corboy Law Center
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Call for Proposals
Proposal Deadline: December 6, 2013
Acceptance Notification: December 13, 2013
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 envision a faculty and staff life that involves active scholarship, candid and vibrant collaboration, dialogue around teaching and learning, and innovative activities that reflect the University’s mission. FOTL can support faculty and staff activity at all stages of development; work begun through this gathering can continue in myriad ways in faculty and staff life. FOTL is free for members of the Loyola community.
The theme of the Spring 2014 semester conference is "Considering our Ignatian Tradition through Innovative and Creative Practice”. This theme is intended to assist us in linking the work that we are doing with the University’s mission and Jesuit Catholic tradition.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Laura Sponsler, Content Director of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Research and Policy Institute. Dr. Sponsler will address the role of Ignatian thought in our teaching and research efforts.
We encourage submissions related to a wide variety of teaching and learning-related topics (e.g., teaching with technology, engaged teaching and learning practices, writing across the curriculum, use of Ignatian Pedagogy in the physical sciences). In addition, we hope to make submissions accessible enough for faculty and staff to submit products that are works in progress, rather than fully conceived. FOTL is also an excellent venue for giving presentations that you may have already shared or plan to present at other conferences.
Sessions will vary in structure. Presenters are asked to identify their preferred format in their proposal; however, reviewers may suggest alternative formats to form symposia.
Workshop Sessions are hands-on sessions that present theory, concepts, and/or practices (e.g., “Interpreting and Employing Feedback from IDEA to Your Teaching”). Workshop sessions are 60 minutes long and consist of either one presentation for the full 60 minutes, or in some cases, two presentations back-to-back (i.e., about 30 minutes each).
Symposium/Panels combine a number of presenters who present and discuss their work on a similar topic (e.g., “The Value of Assessment Across the Institution”). Each presenter will be provided with approximately 15 minutes to present their work. After all presenters have presented their work, there will be a joint time at the end for questions and discussion.
Ignatian Innovation This venue, piloted for the first time through FOTL, provides a chance for presenters to share new ideas related to Ignatian Pedagogy, without the pressure of the need for these ideas to be fully formed. Our hope is that these sessions can focus explicitly on the five key concepts associated with Ignatian Pedagogy, including: Experience, Context, Reflection, Evaluation, and Action (see http://www.luc.edu/fcip/ignatianpedagogy/).Presentations will likely be 5-10 minutes each,using powerpoint, poster, or discussion format. In this process, presenters will receive feedback on the idea and then offer similar feedback to other colleagues. This venue, building off of the “Pecha Kucha” and “Ted Talk” format, is intended to be fast-paced and creative.
If you have any questions regarding FOTL or the proposals process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.