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:

  • Instructional strategies that promote engagement and learning
  • Gamification
  • Backward design
  • Academic integrity

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:

  • Self-grading
  • Specifications grading
  • Feedback
  • Reflective practice

Topical Area 3: Student Engagement

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

  • Engagement in different modalities
  • Active learning strategies
  • Emotionally intelligent teaching
  • Fostering a growth mindset
  • Cooperative learning
  • Engaging discussions
  • Group peer review

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:

  • Alternatives to discussion boards
  • Mobile learning
  • XR environments
  • Collaborative teaching tools
  • Podcasting


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
  • Multimodal classrooms
  • Design thinking
  • Student discussion and engagement

Topical Area 6: Teaching Specific Student Populations

These sessions focus on topics and issues specific to unique student populations, offering strategies and innovative ideas including:

  • Teaching multilingual learners
  • Supporting non-traditional students online
  • Culturally responsive communications
  • Teaching first-year students

Topical Area 7: Outside the Classroom

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

  • Scholarship
  • Office hours
  • Empathy for students

Topical Area 8: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

  • Empowering trans-spectrum students
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curriculum
  • Inclusive teaching
  • Fostering success for neurodiverse learners
  • Difficult dialogues
  • UDL

Topical Area 9: 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
  • Service learning


Topical Area 10: Instructional Vitality: Ways to Keep Teaching Fresh and Invigorated

These sessions are about concepts and practices for supporting mid- and later-career faculty in making positive changes that will invigorate and refresh their teaching and their relationships with students. Attendees will have completed more than five years of teaching. Topics of interest for experienced teachers include:

  • Revitalizing course material
  • Reinvigorating classroom teaching
  • Mentoring

Topical Area 11: For New Faculty

Sessions in this track represent teaching and pedagogy basics. New faculty are accomplished scholars in their disciplines but often have received very little training or experience in teaching. Attendees in these sessions will be in their first few years of teaching. Pertinent topics for new teachers include:

  • Creating a teaching philosophy
  • Aligning teaching with a vision for student success
  • Practical pedagogy for new teachers
  • Using a LMS
  • Maximizing the first day of class

Topical Area 12: 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