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Register now for 2024 Spotlight on Learning Conference

The OHIO teaching and learning community is invited to save the date for the 2024 Spotlight on Learning conference. The conference theme, “Great College Teaching in Practice,” extends a year’s worth of programming to highlight teaching excellence at the University.

Conference organizers intend for this half-day conference to equip attendees with case studies and examples of, as well as implementation tips for, high-impact, highly effective instructional strategies. The goal is to provide a digital toolkit of diverse peer-tested teaching practices for participants to use in summer or fall 2024 courses and beyond.

The 2024 Spotlight on Learning Conference will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in Baker University Center. 

The keynote will be delivered by Jeffrey C. Sun, J.D., Ph.D., professor and distinguished university scholar with the University of Louisville College of Education & Human Development. Sun will present "Great College Teaching: Democratization of Learning."

Sun’s research primarily examines the extent to which policy instruments or other legal actions (e.g., government mandates, judicial decisions, and legally binding, negotiated agreements) advance or inhibit the academic operations in terms of college teaching, learning, and knowledge creation. This stream rests heavily on concepts of civil rights and civil liberties.

He also researches professional/career education to look at barriers and supports within organizational and governmental policies and evaluates system designs and organizational improvement efforts.

OHIO faculty involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) will also be presenting their findings in lightning talks.

Finally, any faculty or instructional/instructional-support staff who would like to share an innovative approach they have assessed for impact on student learning are invited to submit a proposal. The proposal includes: 

  • A description of the instructional practice/teaching approach.
  • Information about the practice’s effectiveness (assessment/student feedback).
  • A list of materials (assignment descriptions, checklists, research articles) that might be shared by presenters as part of a digital toolkit. 

Proposals may be submitted here and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12.

Early registration is being accepted here.

Tentative agenda

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Lunch Keynote: Great College Teaching: Democratizing Learning
  • 1 to 2 p.m. -- Great College Teaching SoTL Lightning Talks 
  • 2 to 3 p.m.  – Practice-focused Concurrent Sessions 
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. -- Great College Teaching in Canvas 
  • 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. -- Reception and Community Dialogue on Democratized Learning
February 2, 2024
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