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8th Annual
Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy

The 8th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Ultimately, the conference is an opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice and disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of higher education.

Faculty are, on a daily basis and in very unassuming ways, demonstrating a renewed energy and focus toward the scholarship of teaching and learning. This is further evidenced by our attention to academic assessment, the integration of technology and learning, and even in the change in our teaching lexicon as we incorporate active engagement and reflective practices into instruction to encourage authentic learning.

The conference has grown steadily over the past six years, from 288 participants in 2009 to over 1000 participants in 2015 from 200+ institutions, 48 states, and 50 countries, including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, medical colleges, research universities, and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Join us as we showcase and share our collective growth, innovation, and achievement in teaching and learning.

General Information

Pre-Conference Workshops: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Conference: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 10-12, 2016
Where: The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Skelton Conference Center
Who: Faculty, Administrators and Students
Proposals Due: Wednesday, September 14, 2015

Important Dates

Proposals Open: Monday, June 22, 2015
Proposals Close: Monday, September 14, 2015
Notifications Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2015**
Confirm Intend to Present: Thursday, October 8, 2015**
Schedule Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015

Pre-Conference Workshops (Take a Look!)

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Flipping...Problem-Based Learning...Rubrics...Discussions...Large Classes...Technology...Coding...Visuals...Self-Regulated Skills!! The Pre-Conference Workshops are designed to allow participants to delve deeply into specific topics related to teaching and learning in higher education. This year's workshops will address creating a flipped classroom, facilitating interaction within online/blended courses, effective uses of technology in the classroom, teaching large classes, using examples and visuals in class, developing self-regulated skills using short activies, and more!.

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Social Events

International Reception
Wednesday Night
Thursday Night
Participant Gatherings
Last year we had over 120 presenters and participants representing 50 countries. We expect similar international participation again this year and we will be having a reception to honor our guests from afar. The International Reception is sponsored by Dr. Guru Ghosh, Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs.
Our second reception is still in the planning stage. Please check back for additional details. Conferences are an opportunity for individuals from different institutions to come together to talk, share, eat, run, and plan. Please consider joining one of the groups, or create a group of your own for others to join!
(Registration Opens July 1)
(Registration Opens July 1)

Contact Information:

Danielle Lusk
110 Hillcrest Hall
(540) 231-7930

Veronica van Montfrans
112A Hillcrest Hall
(540) 231-5212

Registration Open

Registration is now open!

Open Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted.


Delve deeply into specific topics related to teaching and learning in higher education.

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