Call for Proposals: 17th Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Assessing and Celebrating Teaching and Student Learning

If you are a faculty member, sessional instructor, teaching assistant, tutor-marker, student, staff member, or administrator, the SFU Teaching and Learning Centre invites you to submit an interactive and innovative proposal that demonstrates how your practice, research, or scholarly inquiry relates to the theme of Assessing and Celebrating Teaching and Student Learning. Sub-themes include Assessing Student Learning, Evaluation of Teaching, and Celebrating Teaching.

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Fri, March 22, 2019
EVENT DATE: Wed–Thu, May 15–16, 2019

Additional information

Your proposal may address, but is not limited to, the following threads under each sub-theme.

Assessing student learning

  • The role and impact of assessment on learning and student success
  • Assessment and feedback at the course, program and institutional level
  • Assessment of program and course learning outcomes
  • Valuing inclusion and diverse perspectives in assessment strategies (e.g., UDL principles)
  • Integrating digital tools and technologies for assessment
  • Using the university-wide student evaluation of teaching and courses (SETC) system

Evaluation of teaching

  • Rethinking the institutional, disciplinary and departmental cultures of assessment
  • Designing effective teaching assessment methods (beyond SETC)
  • Facilitating formative and summative assessment (e.g., reflective practice, peer observation/review of teaching, etc.)
  • Exploring ways to review teaching practice that are meaningful to faculty members, tenure and promotion committees (TPCs), and administrators

Celebrating teaching

  • Exploring the institutional commitment to teaching excellence
  • Approaches to training, recognition, and rewarding faculty who want to improve the quality and effectiveness of their teaching
  • Assessing the impacts and outcomes of faculty development, teaching dossiers/portfolios, awards, etc.
  • Leveraging the synergy between faculty members, faculty development, and student learning to influence institutional changes to policy and administration

Presentation formats

You may submit proposals that reference or speak to the Symposium theme for consideration by the program committee for one or more of the following types of sessions: workshop, dialogue/roundtable, panel discussion, World Cafe, research, lightning talks, or other delivery format of your choice. For full details on the submission process, download the submission form.

  • Workshops (60, 75 or 90 minutes) should be action-oriented and be of interest and relevance to a wide audience. They should include a short presentation of research findings, illustration of theories and practices in teaching, or show-and-tell of tools and practices, and include activities for attendees to participate in.
  • Dialogue/roundtable sessions (60, 75 or 90 minutes) should, once the facilitator introduces the issues and lays out expectations, see participants grouped at roundtables to discuss and provide practical strategies to deal with these issues.
  • Panel discussions (60, 75 or 90 minutes) are facilitated by teams of 3 or 4 faculty, staff, students, or administrators, each with a unique perspective on a particular challenge or opportunity related to the Symposium theme. Panelists and attendees are encouraged to explore and share possible solutions/outcomes.
  • World Café theme sessions (90 minutes) are guided by strong facilitators who, through several conversational rounds, capture and build upon diverse individual points of view to eventually integrate and share with the large group a new collective perspective. Working with a graphic recorder is recommended, but not required.
  • Research sessions (25 minutes) allow for the sharing of the growing amount of scholarship of teaching and learning research that instructors are undertaking. These sessions are more lecture-oriented in style. They are 25 minutes in length, so two are scheduled into each 60-minute slot.
  • Lightning Talks (7 minutes) feature Symposium attendees who will each offer a 7-minute dynamic and engaging talk on an exciting aspect of their work, a significant professional question, or lesson learned that will resonate with the audience. After the Lightning Talks, there will be time for attendees to meet with the speakers to spark a sharing of ideas, collaboration and continued conversation during the session and beyond.
  • Other. Your submission should present summary information about your work that is of interest to Symposium participants.