Conference Tracks

Conference tracks help you plan your experience by interest, although you can attend any session in any track. We strive to offer a balanced program touching important topics in higher education. Look for sessions covering:


Topical Area 1: Preparing Your Course

Sessions in this track refer to many aspects of course preparation, such as:

  • Learner-centered course design
  • Backward design
  • Active learning
  • Gamification
  • Designing courses for critical thinking, reflection, collaboration, and motivation
  • Writing goals, objectives, learning outcomes, and their assessments

These sessions promote innovations and strategies that can be applied across a broad range of disciplines and contexts.

Topical Area 2: Assessing Learning

These sessions focus on assignments, assessments, and grading practices, and/or strategies measuring students’ accomplishment of course objectives and learning outcomes, such as:

  • Tests and assignments
  • Grading Systems and Criteria
  • Self and Peer Assessment
  • Rubrics
  • Feedback

Topical Area 3: Student Engagement

These sessions one or all of the dimensions of student engagement: behavioral, emotional, or cognitive, including:

  • Instructional strategies promoting engagement
  • Practices supporting engaging classroom climate
  • Promoting broadly engaged participation and discussion
  • Classroom-based engagement activities

Topical Area 4: Technology Tools for Teaching

These sessions are about the effective use of teaching and communication technologies including the theoretical underpinnings that drive the use of technology for teaching. Examples include:

  • The pedagogical research that supports the tool (and/or the pros and cons of the tool)
  • An introduction to using the tool
  • An example of the tool used in an online, hybrid, or traditional class


Topical Area 5: Online Teaching and Learning

This track is specific to teaching in the online environment, which presents unique challenges and opportunities. Sessions in this track cover topics such as:

  • Course design
  • Discussion and engagement
  • Feedback and grading
  • Instructor presence

Topical Area 6: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This track focuses on practices and strategies supporting minority and/or marginalized students. Sessions include:

  • Inclusive curricula
  • Inclusive learning climates
  • Inclusive instructional practice
  • Universal Design for Learning

Topical Area 7: Teaching in the Health Sciences

Sessions in this track cover the unique challenges in teaching in the health sciences, in areas such as:

  • Teaching in a clinical setting
  • Simulation-based teaching
  • Teaching professional ethics
  • Accreditation


Topical Area 8: Outside the Classroom

Sessions in this track focus on the many responsibilities that come with teaching beyond the classroom. Topics include:

  • Advising and mentoring
  • Activities outside of class
  • Helping students with study skills and preparation
  • Student wellbeing and engagement
  • Career and professional development
  • Strategies for balancing the competing demands of an academic career

Topical Area 9: Faculty Support

This track is for Faculty Developers, Instructional Designers, and CT&L staff—those attendees who are responsible for or interested in faculty development at their home institutions. It will also serve anyone working in faculty instructional mentoring. These sessions include:

  • Teaching evaluation
  • Mentoring
  • Cultivating adjunct faculty
  • Reenergizing faculty
  • Resiliency
  • Transdisciplinary faculty development