January Conference


Call for Proposals: Ended


Conference Theme and Topics

The theme for the 2015 January Conference is University of One: Connecting Theory to Practice. This conference aims to address various aspects of instructional practices via the application of experiential learning, critical thinking, emerging technologies, and individualized instruction, and other topics relevant to creating a diverse learning environment that will support the digital learner.

The Committee will consider a wide variety of topics relating to the conference theme. As a starting point, proposals might address these questions:

  • How are you moving beyond theoretical concepts to application?
  • What instructional practices have you implemented to improve students’ skills and habits needed for academic success?
  • What techniques do you use to engage and motivate students?
  • How do you create meaningful learning experiences that stay with students beyond the classroom?

Information for Potential Presenters

  • All faculty are encouraged to submit proposals.
  • Presentations can include one or more presenters.
  • Each session will be 45-minutes, including a question and answer period.
  • Plan for a large audience (likely between 50 to 100 people).
  • More than one proposal may be submitted by the same presenter.
  • Presenters will be asked to create and submit handouts one week before the conference.
  • A selection of sessions will be recorded and videos will be posted on the January Conference website.
  • Each presentation room will be equipped with a presenter’s station which includes a PC laptop with an internet connection and a projector. We can accommodate you if you would like to bring in your own laptop (Mac or PC).

Proposal Requirements

Applications must include:

1.  One or more learning objectives that are clearly defined and appropriate for the conference goals. Learning objectives answer the question, “What will the attendees be able to do differently after the session?”

2.  A presentation abstract (500 words maximum) that fully addresses all of the below criteria.

The proposed presentation should:

  • Clearly address the conference theme.
  • Move beyond theoretical frameworks to in-class application.
  • Involve the creation of meaningful learning experiences to promote retention beyond the classroom.
  • Have broad applicability of instructional practices allowing for implementation across a variety of disciplines.
  • Be original, current, and innovative.
  • Help attendees transfer practices and technologies to their own classrooms.
  • Include a segment where the presenter models the instructional techniques discussed.

Submit Your Proposal

Complete the one-page online proposal form, which includes the following fields: presentation title, abstract (as described under Proposal Requirements above), as well as the names, titles, departments, contact information, and brief bios for all presenters.

Submit your proposal online here.

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Administration Building, Room 311

Phone: 410-704-2125
Fax: 410-704-3129
E-mail: provost@towson.edu


Key Dates

Oct. 6 – Proposals Due
Nov. 10 – Presenters Notified
Nov. 14 – Registration Opens

Jan. 5 Registration Closes
Jan. 14 January Conference 

Snow date Jan. 21





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