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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.




Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: May 9, 2014       
Acceptance Notification: May 30, 2014

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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 Fall 2014 semester conference is "Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: Teaching as Inquiry.” This theme is intended to assist us in being intentional about how we teach and to illustrate how research informs decisions regarding teaching methodology.

We are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Peggy Maki, our keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Maki is a

higher education consultant who specializes in assisting colleges and universities, higher education boards, higher education organizations, and disciplinary organizations in integrating assessment of student learning into educational practices, processes and structures. She is also a recipient of The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, a national teaching award.

In her address, Dr. Maki will offer a model for taking a “backward-design” approach to assessing students’ learning that will help raise questions about how and why students learn. Her contention is that becoming knowledgeable about the “hows” and “whys” helps faculty to create curricula using new pedagogies and educational practices that are intentional and research-based.

Session Formats

We encourage submissions related to a wide variety of teaching-related topics.  In addition, we hope to make submissions accessible enough for faculty, staff, and graduate students 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 share or plan to present at other conferences.

Sessions will vary in structure in order to provide a robust experience for presenters and participants. Presenters are asked to identify their preferred format in their proposal; however, reviewers may suggest alternative formats and/or combination of like topics to form symposia. 

Workshop Sessions are hands-on sessions that present theory, concepts, and/or practices (e.g., “Expecting the Unexpected: Planning for Disruptions in the Classroom”). Workshop sessions are 60 minutes long and consist of either one presentation, or in some cases, two presentations back-to-back (i.e., about 30 minutes each), and will encourage concrete application or “take aways” related to each session.

Symposium/Panel provides a longer session (90 minutes) through which a number of presenters can present on a similar topic (e.g., “The Value of Assessment Across an Institution”). Pending the number of presenters, each will be provided with 15-20 minutes to present their work. After all presenters are completed, there will be shared time at the end for questions and discussion. It is not assumed that those presenting in a symposium format will collaborate before the session, only that they share the time.

Ignatian Innovation This venue 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. Presenters will be asked to discuss their topic using a “Pecha Kucha” format (http://www.pechakucha.org) and will be required to keep their presentations to 7 minutes. This venue is intended to be fast-paced and creative and, ideally, to connect with one or more of the five concepts associated with Ignatian Pedagogy: Experience, Context, Reflection, Evaluation, and Action (see http://www.luc.edu/fcip/ignatianpedagogy/). 

Springboard Sessions This venue allows for individual presentations lasting approximately 15 minutes, followed by questions and discussion. This venue is intended to fit those unique ideas that may be discipline-specific and/or may be in an early stage (e.g., efforts related to new teaching technique, ways by which research and teaching can work together) that would warrant more extensive, small-group discussion.  Presenters will look to the audience to share thoughts and feedback on their nascent ideas.

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