OPID | 2019 Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning

The Joys of Teaching and Learning:

Intersecting Identities & Pedagogies


OPID’s annual spring conference will feature some of the extraordinary teaching and learning taking place in classrooms – in-person and virtual – throughout the University of Wisconsin System. We invite faculty and instructional academic staff to share their experiences with teaching and learning, and how their identities inform how and what they teach. We welcome examples of innovative, critical, and reflective teaching and learning – joyful moments, as well as challenges, disappointments, and re-visions. Proposals do not necessarily need to focus on the thematic focus of identities and pedagogies, but there should be an acknowledgement of the impact identity has on pedagogy. We envision a conference where participants will leave reinvigorated with the joys of teaching and learning.

Proposals will be blind peer-reviewed by faculty and instructional academic staff from throughout the UW System. Proposal review results will be emailed by mid-January 2019. Accepted participants are expected to register for the conference as confirmation that they will present.

Starting points for conceptualizing your proposal:
  • Multiple ways of teaching and learning
  • Culturally relevant, inclusive, and equity-minded pedagogy
  • High-impact practices (HIPs) – Undergraduate research, internships, community-based and service-learning, first-year experiences, learning communities, capstone courses, ePortfolios, collaborative projects, diversity, study abroad, on-campus student employment, particularly through the lens of equity mindedness
  • Blended and online modes of teaching and learning
  • Teaching, advocacy, and activism
  • Decolonizing pedagogies
  • Collaborative team-teaching
  • New models of study abroad: Power, privilege, and travel
  • Global citizenship
  • Race, class, immigration in Wisconsin
  • Understanding Andragogy (adult learners)
  • Information and digital literacy
  • Multiple forms of digital learning – ePortfolios, Pecha Kucha, music, collaborative knowledge production, digital narratives, etc.
  • Open Education Resources

Presenter Registration: $50

Deadline: February 25, 2019

Accepted presenters are expected to register for the conference as confirmation they will be presenting. 

Proposals are blind peer-reviewed by faculty and instructional academic staff throughout the UW System. Each presenter will be contacted and receive a letter via email. 

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Participants from all fields are encouraged to apply.

We welcome participants from all fields – arts, humanities, social sciences, STEM, business, teacher education, professional services, etc. We also welcome proposals from community members in collaboration with UW System faculty and instructional academic staff. Scholarship of teaching & learning (SoTL) projects, especially ones in advanced or final forms, are also welcome.

Sessions should be interactive and maximize face-to-face communication. Innovative modes of presentation are encouraged – performative, dialogic, experiential sessions, integration of digital media. Reading papers is not suitable for this conference. Every room in the Memorial Union is newly renovated with digital technology.

Presentation Formats:
  • Concurrent Sessions (60, 75, or 90 minutes):
    Proposals are welcome for individual presentations, a session-long panel with multiple presenters, or an interactive workshop. All should focus on innovative and effective teaching and learning approaches. Individual presentations may be short (10-12 minutes) or long (20-minutes) and will be combined with other presenters who share a common theme. Based on the proposals received, conference organizers may request modifications to the length of presentations.
  • Printed Posters:
    Posters should highlight innovative and effective teaching and learning practices in higher education. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects in their final form, including extensions of Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars work, are encouraged.
  • Performances:
    Short (up to 10 minutes) performances that convey The Joy of Teaching & Learning will be considered for inclusion in plenary sessions. We invite live music, singing, spoken word, poetry, dance, multi-media. Links to YouTube or other digitized media should be included in your proposal.

The UW System looks forward to an exciting 2019 Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning focusing attention on the outstanding accomplishments and commitment of faculty, and instructional academic staff throughout the University of Wisconsin System. 

Accepted presenters are expected to register for the conference as confirmation that they will be presenting. The conference registration fee is $50 which includes lunch on Thursday, the Keynote Luncheon, and discussion on Friday, the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Poster Reception, morning & afternoon refreshments both days, and access to all sessions. It is non-refundable.

Questions may be directed to:

Fay Akindes, Director of Systemwide Professional and Instructional Development, UW System, fakindes@uwsa.edu, (608) 263-2684.

Catherine King, Program Associate, Office of Academic Programs & Educational Innovation, UW System, cking@uwsa.edu, (608) 262-8522.