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Saturday, February 17, 2018 • Virginia Tech, Virginia USA

Call for Proposals

Proposals are sought for sessions focused on effective instructional practices and research aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning in large classes. Four types of conference sessions are offered: Practice Sessions, Research Sessions, Conversation Sessions, and Poster Sessions.

Session Types

Concurrent Sessions: Concurrent sessions provide the presenter with the opportunity to engage participants in either the research or practice of teaching and learning in large classes.

Practice Sessions: Practice sessions are focused on sharing, modeling and discussing teaching and learning in large classes, while allowing for interaction with and among session participants. These sessions should go beyond simply "how to" to include "why to." Practice sessions are 50 minutes in length. More details »

Research Sessions: Research sessions are designed to inform participants of the design, implementation and results of empirical research focused on teaching and learning in large classes. Research session presentations are 25 minutes in length. More details »

Conversation Sessions: Conversation sessions are designed to provide a time and space for participants to discuss instructional issues within teaching and learning in large classes. Each discussion session will consist of no more than a 10 minute presentation, to contextualize the topic, followed by active participant discussion. Conversation sessions are 50 minutes in length. More details »

Please Note: There will be a limited number of Concurrent Sessions, thus some authors who submit for a Concurrent Session may be asked to present in the Poster Session instead.

Poster Session: The poster session allows for the discussion of scholarly research and/or practice addressing large class pedagogy with conference participants in an informal scholarly environment. Posters will be assigned to one 60-minute poster session. More details »

Potential Topics

Session topics may address any of a wide range of aspects of teaching and learning related to large classes - both face-to-face and online. Proposals may be focused on a specific domain (e.g., English, business, engineering) or may be multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, or transdisciplinary. Areas of interest may include but are not limited to:

  • Designing Effective Instruction for Large Classes
  • Implementing Innovative/Creative Technologies in a Large Class
  • Assessing Student Learning in Large Classes
  • Managing a Large Class from Taking Attendance to Returning Assignments
  • Employing Innovative Pedagogies in a Large Class
  • Teaching for Individual Differences within a Large Class
  • Implementing Effective Strategies in a Large Class
  • Integrating Technology Effectively within a Large Class
  • Case-Based and Problem-Based Instruction in a Large Class
  • Creating Domain Specific Pedagogy (e.g., English, chemistry, engineering, history, art, wildlife science, medical education)

Submission Format

All proposals must be submitted electronically. The submission process will take you through 3 steps:

  1. Select your proposal type (i.e., practice, research, conversation, or poster) and proposal category (e.g., assessment and evaluation, diversity/inclusive pedagogy, instructional technologies, instructional strategies/design, online/distance education, other).
  2. Enter your proposal information (e.g., title, abstract, literature review, goals, discussion) into the text boxes on the screen. Do not include any graphs, charts, or pictures. This information will be used in the blind-review process.
  3. Enter each author and contact information, beginning with the first author.

Submit a Proposal

Proposals for Concurrent Sessions (Practice, Research, Conversation) or Poster Sessions must be submitted online using the text boxes on the screen and adhering to APA guidelines.

Conference Proceedings

All accepted conference proposals — practice, research, conversation, and poster — will be published as electronic conference proceedings. (Note that only abstracts will be published for accepted poster sessions.)

Contact Information

Conference ChairCo-ChairCo-Chair
Leslie Williams
CIDER Coordinator
111 Hillcrest Hall
Virginia Tech
Tiffany Shoop
CIDER Associate Director
107 Hillcrest Hall
Virginia Tech
Danielle Lusk
CIDER Associate Director
111 Hillcrest Hall
Virginia Tech

Proposals due
September 1, 2017

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