Teaching and Learning with Technology is currently accepting proposals for the TLT Symposium which will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center on March 19, 2016.
Once you submit your proposal, be sure to register.
The TLT Symposium is a premiere event at Penn State, a venue for exchanging ideas and inspiring creative new approaches to innovation in teaching and learning. It ‘works’ because people like you submit a proposal to share your experience with innovations you have explored over the past year.
This year’s Symposium will highlight presentations that address some of the most compelling topics in higher education today:
- Active learning
- Learning Spaces
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (research)
- Accessible & Open Education Resources
- Emerging Technologies, Designs, & Processes (e.g., Virtual Reality, Gamification, Beam Presence)
The RFP form will be available from Sept. 21 to Nov. 9.
Submitted proposals will be reviewed by a team of reviewers recruited and appointed by the Symposium Program Committee. Notifications of acceptance will be made no later than mid-January.
The Symposium consists of four concurrent session time slots, with multiple presentations available during each, throughout the day. Each session runs approximately 45 minutes with a 10-15 minute break between each session timeframe. The number of presentations offered during the concurrent session time frames depends on the number of high quality proposals that are submitted. We encourage submissions from every campus, every college.
When submitting your proposal you will need to identify the format of your presentation. Given that the Penn State community likes to see variety in the types of presentations that are offered at the Symposium, the Program Team will strive to balance the types of presentation formats to ensure a well-rounded experience for attendees.
To help you understand the various presentation formats please see the list below.
- Individual Presentation (One person presenting, 1 microphone)
- Group Presentation (One person presenting for the group at a time, 1 microphone provided)
- Panel Discussion (2 or more people seated at a table, multiple microphones provided)
- Hands-on Workshop (Audience engagement, no microphone provided)
- Co-Presentations (2 separate but related presentations, multiple presenters, multiple microphones provided)
- Open Discussion Sessions (high engagement, no technology)
Proposals will be evaluated along 5 dimensions: Pedagogy, technology, evidence, audience, and proposal quality.
A successful Symposium proposal is one that:
- Emphasizes improving or enhancing teaching and/or student learning (Pedagogy)
- Focuses on the innovative use of existing technology OR cutting-edge technology used in a pedagogically compelling way (Technology)
- Includes evidence of assessment or research to support the idea, method, innovation (Evidence)
- Promises applicability and transferability of the idea, method, innovation to a variety of disciplines and campuses; Proposes an appropriate level of interaction and interactivity for the session (Audience)
- Demonstrates clarity of expression and professional quality writing (Proposal quality)
As you prepare your proposal, consider the following:
The conference is, fundamentally, about teaching and learning. What will attendees learn about improving or enhancing teaching and/or student learning?
What will attendees learn about technology? Will they learn about innovative use of an existing technology? Or will they learn about cutting-edge technology used in a pedagogically compelling way? (Either is encouraged.)
How do you know that what you are presenting is effective, holds promise, and will be of interest to others?
How would you describe the best audience for your presentation (i.e., faculty, tech beginners, early adopters)? Additionally, the Symposium is designed as a model for active and engaged learning. What will you do in your presentation to engage attendees (e.g., small group discussions, audience polling, debate)?
Is your proposal clear and concise? Have you adequately attended to all required information while also demonstrating an economy of language?
Please note: Attendees want to see sessions that align with the published description. Your description will be available to you prior the conference for your reference. Please do your best to ensure the proposal you submit aligns with the actual presentation you intend to deliver.
Sample Abstracts and Descriptions
Active Learning Strategies for Online Education
Participants who attend this session will be able to engage students more actively in their online course, primarily through creative use of LMS features.
Come join us for an engaging session focused on active learning strategies that can be implemented in your online course today. Through investigative activities we’ll explore a variety of strategies that can make a significant impact on your students’ learning experience.
Active learning is one of the strongest methods for engaging students and increasing their retention, yet it’s one of the most challenging methods to implement, especially in online environments. This session will discuss strategies that can be implemented in your courses immediately to help foster an active learning experience for you and your students.
Instructors teaching online, in particular, will benefit from this session. We’ll consider a basic online course, with a design and structure that is common in online education. Attendees will divide into teams to identify or develop an active learning strategy for the course. Then teams will share their chosen strategy, their rationale for selecting it, and how they would implement it. We’ll discuss the potential impact that each strategy could have on interactions within the online course.
We’ll reveal the learning strategies that were implemented in the exact same course design provided to the attendees. We’ll review our rationale for selecting the strategies that we used and discuss their overall impact on the course design and learning experience. Over two semesters of the course, students rated the course “highly interactive,” as compared to other online courses they have taken.
This session primarily stresses creative use of the LMS. Attendee teams may identify additional technologies that could be leveraged from outside the LMS, but linked to it.
Tradition and Innovation Walk into a Bar
Participants in this session will be able to
- describe the potential benefits of major “disruptive innovations” at Penn State.
- discuss their burning questions–logistics, timelines, and implications–related to MOOCs, digital badges, PLA, and Competency-based learning.
MOOCS, digital badges, prior learning assessment, and competency-based learning can peacefully coexist—in higher education—at Penn State. The presenters will begin by zipping through Penn State’s experience with each, and proposing a model for applying them thoughtfully and purposefully. The last half of the session is reserved for lively discussion.
We begin with a quick review of the concept of “disruptive innovations” and then we look at Penn State’s experience with four of the most powerful, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Digital Badges, Competency-based Education (CBE), and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Bart Pursel, Research Project Manager in PSU’s Instructional Technology Services and unofficial “Data Steward” for Penn State’s MOOCs, will provide an overview of Penn State’s work with Massive Open Online Courses and will offer thoughts about the future of MOOCs. Chris Gamrat, (Instructional Designer in the College of IST, a doctoral student in the Learning, Design, and Technology Program, and Principal Investigator on the “Lifelong Learning Landscape” digital badging project), will describe the digital badging movement and the Penn State community’s involvement with digital badges. Pat Shope, (Penn State’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Coordinator) will fill us in on competency-based education and PLA progress at Penn State and other leading institutions. After these three five-minute reports, Kyle Peck (Professor of Education, TLT Fellow, and Co-Director of PSU’s Center for Online Innovation in Learning) will present a scenario in which these innovations are integrated, sharing free educational opportunities with massive audiences, reducing impediments to entry to our certificate and degree programs, boosting resident enrollments, and covering costs associated with our free educational opportunities. This should stimulate lots of conversation, making the good use of the last half of the session.
What information will I need in order to submit my proposal?
- Basic information about yourself (psu ID, mailing address, department, etc.)
- Your co-presenters (with approximately 70 proposals submitted annually, it’s very difficult for us to add this information in later on)
- Session information (format, abstract, and full description)
- Tech Information (are you using the Penn Stater’s equipment or bringing your own?)