2019 Winter Institute Call for Proposals

Would you like to be a part of the 2019 Winter Institute by facilitating a group discussion, giving a quick 5 minute lightning talk, or sharing your experiences with assessment and retention?

The theme for this year’s Winter Institute is Unpacking the Hidden Curriculum: Academic and Non-Academic Strategies for Supporting Students. This is in line with the University’s mission to provide “deeply engaged, integrated, innovative high-impact teaching and learning” (Momentum 2022). Please consider submitting a proposal to give a lecture-based presentation on the topics of assessment and retention on Tuesday, January 8th or to facilitate a group discussion or present a lightning talk at the Unconference day on Wednesday, January 9th.

Proposal Instructions

Please submit session proposals via Qualtrics. We encourage sessions that feature collaboration across different academic departments, student affairs programs, and with students as co-presenters. Proposal should include:

  • Title and session description no more than 300 words
  • Presenters with names, titles, and departments
  • Preferred session format:
    1. DAY ONE (Assessment and Retention):
      • Lecture
      • Workshop
    2. DAY TWO (The Unconference):
      • Group discussion
      • Lightning talk
  • Technology, tools, or room requirements

Winter Institute Schedule

Day 1: Assessment and Retention

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The first day is focused on advancing the goal of educating the whole student through our efforts to promote integrated assessment and increased student retention. For Day 1 session proposals, we are seeking lecture-based presentations or hands-on workshops to be given in 45 minute sessions including time for questions and answers. Example topics include:

  • Advising across the curriculum
  • Demystifying the hidden curriculum
  • Finding campus resources to support retention, both academic (advising, tutoring, etc.) and non-academic (food pantry, book sharing, emergencies funds, etc.)
  • Workshopping departmental or program-level assessment plans
  • Workshopping course goals and assessments
  • Using integrated course design to link course goals and course assessments

Day 2: The Unconference

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Unconference Day is a loosely structured, participant-driven day that emphasizes the informal exchange of information and ideas around the theme of educating the whole student. Rather than formal, PowerPoint-based presentations, we are looking for sessions consisting of 5 – 10 minutes of prepared comments followed by an interactive group discussion or lightning talks in which the faciltator proposes an interesting question or presents an idea in 5 minutes or less. Example topics include:

  • Practicing Pedagogy 101 – tips for course management, active learning, managing conflict in the classroom, etc.
  • Developing Transformative Teaching and Learning – tips for going beyond the basics to create engaged, transformational learning experiences
  • Facilitating community engagement through coursework
  • Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)