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Conversation Sessions

Session Description: Conversation sessions are designed to provide a time and space for participants to discuss instructional issues within higher education teaching and learning. Each discussion session will begin with no more than a 10 minute presentation to contextualize the topic, followed by active participant discussion. Conversation sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Submission Format: Conversation session proposals should include the following sections:

  1. Title (please begin the title with "Conversation:")
  2. Author(s) name, Institution
  3. Abstract, not to exceed 300 words
  4. Literature Review
  5. Goals and objectives for the conversation session (what direction, at least initially, will the converation be headed?)
  6. Description of the idea or topic to be discussed
  7. Facilitation techniques (how will you facilitate the conversation?)

Selection Criteria: Conversation session proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Does the title begin with "Conversation:"? Is the title accurate, broadly descriptive, and inviting (e.g. Conversation: Evaluating Learning through Concept Maps rather than the more exclusionary Conversation: Using Concept Maps in Freshman Biology at a Rural Summer Institute)? Do not use instititution names (e.g., at Southwestern University) or academic domains (e.g., in Freshman Chemistry) in your title.
  2. Does the proposed conversation session incorporate a scholarly and/or innovative approach to teaching and learning?
  3. Is the conversation grounded in literature and/or data and evidence?
  4. Are the session goals and objectives achievable?
  5. Is the description clear?
  6. Is the focus on a conversation clear?
  7. Is the take-home message clearly provided in a way that can be generalized to other fields and disciplines?
  8. Is the proposal well written? Does it follow APA format?

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