Texas Tech University

2020 Advancing Teaching & Learning Conference Call for Proposals

The Texas Tech University Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center is pleased to announce the 16th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference on Thursday, March 5, 2020. All conference sessions will be held at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, Texas. Times will be assigned and announced at a later date.

This year's keynote presentation, Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching will be given by Dr. Derek Bruff. Dr. Bruff is the director of Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a principal senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics. The theme for this year's conference, Intentional Teaching Choices, is based on Dr. Bruff's recent book and keynote presentation “Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching.” Submissions are invited for poster presentations or 50-minute workshops that address a broad interdisciplinary audience. All proposals should include an abstract, session description, and an explanation of how the proposed session will relate to a broader audience. Additional details on the proposal requirements are included below.

For the 50-minute workshops, interactive sessions with active audience participation are strongly encouraged, and presentations could be led by a faculty member or team of faculty members and graduate part-time instructors. Graduate students must present with a faculty member. Cross-disciplinary presentation teams are encouraged. For poster presentations, consider how to best present your research, program or work-in-progress related to teaching and learning. Poster presentations may be given by graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Questions you might consider when planning your session might include the following.

  • How have you intentionally incorporated new technology into your teaching?
  • Why have you incorporated technology into your teaching?
  • How do we foster deep learning in our students?
  • What are ways in which you encourage your students to engage in critical thinking?
  • How might we encourage our students to invest more time and effort in their learning?
  • How might high impact teaching and learning practices support efforts to increase critical thinking?
  • How can instructors improve student motivation and confidence in the classroom?
  • How can we teach and connect with today's college student more effectively?

Other topics related to issues of teaching and learning, geared towards a broad disciplinary audience, are also welcome and encouraged.

Proposals have closed

For more information about the call for proposals or for general questions related to this conference, please visit our conference website or contact Micah Logan at 806-834-0093.

Proposal Requirements & Specifications:

  • Abstract: In 100 words or less, please provide us with an abstract for your proposed session. This abstract will be used in the conference program.
  • Session/Poster Description: In 600 words or less, please describe your proposed session. Be sure to address session objectives, plans for audience interaction if proposing a 50-minute workshop, and references.
  • In 100 words or less, please explain how this session will relate to a broad, interdisciplinary audience.
  • Concurrent Session Equipment Needs (select all that apply from the following list)
    • Computer
    • Projector
    • Audio
    • Internet
  • Poster Presentation Specifications 
    • Posters should be of size 34” x 46”.
    • Presenters will be provided with a 4x8 poster board and tacks. Posters must be printed in a large format scale; presenters are responsible for printing.
    • Poster sessions have no multi-media support and no power outlets.


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