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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.

Poster Printing Closes
January 27, 2016

CIDER will printer your poster for free, but you must submit your poster to us by January 27, 2016.

Registration Closes
February 2, 2016

Registration for the conference closes on February 2,2016. All participants and presenters must register for the conference.

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)

Keynote Presenters:

Saundra Yancy McGuire

Saundra Yancy McGuire: Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire will address Teach Students How to Learn: Metacognition is the Key! Dr. McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she formerly held the positions of Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry. Prior to joining LSU in August 1999, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. McGuire has been teaching chemistry, working in the area of learning and teaching support, and mentoring students for over 40 years. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented her widely acclaimed student success and faculty development workshops at over 200 institutions in 41 states and six countries. Additionally, she has published her work in The Journal of Chemical Education, American Scientist, Science, The Learning Assistance Review, To Improve the Academy, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning. Her latest book, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation, was released by Stylus Publications in October 2015.

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Brett Jones

Brett D. Jones:Brett Jones will address Exploring Similarities Between Effective College Teaching and Jazz Composition. Brett D. Jones, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the Learning Sciences and Technologies Department at Virginia Tech. He has taught 24 different types of courses related to motivation, cognition, and teaching strategies, and has conducted workshops and invited presentations at several universities. He researches student motivation and examines methods teachers can use to design instruction that supports students' motivation and learning. In his new book - Motivating Students by Design: Practical Strategies for Professors - he provides readers with strategies they can use to motivate students intentionally through the design of their courses.

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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!


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

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