Fearless Teaching

25th Annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

About the ITL Conference

Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center - May 15, 2019

To teach fearlessly means to embrace the scholarship and art of teaching through reflection, training, and professional development. Decades of research on student learning and achievement can be understood through four essential pillars of an effective course: excellent content, an inclusive climate, evidence-based teaching practices, and valid assessments. We will have the unique opportunity in May 2019 to host the conference in the new Edward St. John Center for Learning and Teaching. Attendees will be able to experience diverse learning environments throughout the day. Faculty who have taught in such active learning classrooms during the 2018-2019 school year are particularly encouraged to submit proposals to showcase their teaching strategies. Come present at this year’s ITL Conference and share what makes your teaching fearlessly innovative and effective.

Presentation Themes

(Proposal process is open only to the University of Maryland instructional community.)

Presentation Themes

Fearless in Action:
Present an overview of how you have innovated your teaching and put best practices into play.

Research & Evaluation:
Summarize scholarly work on teaching and learning and its implications.

Engage attendees with hands-on activities, tools, and techniques that can be applied to their own courses.

Browse our archives to get a sense of the kinds of approaches that have been featured in the past and to get a sense of the diverse faculty innovators who have shared their experiences with their peers.

Presentation Formats

Panel (30 minutes)
Submitter suggests a panel topic and identifies co-presenters and moderator, or asks to be matched with related presenters.

Breakout Session (30 minutes)
Individual presentation that can include some audience interaction in the form of Q&A or discussion.

Lightning round (5-10 minutes in a 30 minute session)
Share your golden nugget idea, practice, or experience in engaging, fast-paced session of mini-presentations.

Workshop (75 minutes)
Lead your colleagues through the process of facilitating an engaging and/or collaborative activity that showcases the special attributes of active learning classrooms such as those found in the Edward St. John building.

Poster (engage with conference attendees for an hour in the ESJ foyer)
The Conference will print your poster for you. Details will be provided to those whose proposals are accepted.

Submit Proposal

Proposal Guidelines

When you submit your proposal, you'll be asked for:

  • Presentation title and abstract
  • Contact information for yourself and any co-presenters
  • Preferred presentation format(s)
  • A short teaser for your session (140 characters or less)
  • Engagement plans for the session (panel and individual)
  • Your availability on May 15, 2019

Proposals to present are due no later than Monday, March 25, 2019.

Contact Conference Coordinators