The Joy of Teaching in an Age of Digital Learning

Presenter Registration

Deadline: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Registration information is conveyed with notification of proposal acceptance. 

Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 27, 2017

UW System’s 2018 OPID Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning will feature some of the extraordinary work unfolding in classrooms – in-person and virtual – on campuses throughout the University of Wisconsin System. We invite faculty and instructional academic staff to share their experiences with teaching in an age of digital learning. We are seeking exemplars of innovative, critical, and reflective teaching and learning — joyful moments, as well as challenges, disappointments, and re-visions. Exemplars do not necessarily need to include Internet and digital media, but there should be an acknowledgement of the impact they have on student learning and, consequently, our teaching. We envision a conference where participants will leave reinvigorated with the joy of teaching.


Starting points for conceptualizing your proposal:
  • Culturally relevant, inclusive, and equity minded pedagogy
  • High-Impact Practices (HIPs): Perspectives on first-year seminars and experiences, learning communities, community-based learning/service learning (community engagement), internships, undergraduate research, capstone courses, etc.
  • Blended and online modes of teaching
  • Teaching, advocacy, and activism
  • Collaborative team-teaching
  • New models of study abroad: Power, privilege, and travel
  • Global citizenship
  • Social media and social movements
  • 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.


Proposals Due:

November 27, 2017

Proposal Notifications:

January 10, 2018 

Presenter Registration Confirmation Closes:

January 28, 2018 

Proposal Submissions Due Online

November 27, 2017

Proposal submissions should be print ready and uploaded as a single PDF file including any supporting images; abstract  length allowed is 100-150 words.

Presentation proposals are no longer being accepted.

We encourage you to attend the Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning and share your experiences with your colleagues across the UW System as we explore the Joy of Teaching.

Participants from all fields – arts, humanities, social sciences, STEM fields – are encouraged to apply.

Sessions should be interactive and maximize face-to-face communication. Innovative modes of presentation are encouraged – performative, dialogic, experiential sessions, integration of Internet and digital media that disrupt space and time. The Memorial Union is currently in the final stages of renovation. There are several modern, technology-equipped spaces to accommodate multiple presentation styles.

The UW System looks forward to an exciting 2018 Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning focusing attention on the outstanding accomplishments and commitment of faculty, instructional staff, instructional designers, and learning technologists throughout the University of Wisconsin System. The conference is open to UW System faculty and instructional academic staff.

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 with Michael Wesch on Friday, the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Poster Reception, morning & afternoon refreshments both days, and access to all sessions. It is non-refundable.

If you have any questions please contact Fay Akindes, Director of Systemwide Professional and Instructional Development, UW System,, (608) 263-2684.