17th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference at Elon University

Elon University welcomes area university and college educators to the 17th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference on Thursday, August 13, 2020. The conference is jointly sponsored by Elon’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT), and attendance costs are covered by these sponsors.

Conference Theme

Technological, social, and cultural changes influence the ways we and our students communicate and collaborate. We also face a future with major systemic challenges that will affect all aspects of our daily lives. Our students will need to develop the ability to seek, identify and define these problems, and collaboratively work with others to create solutions. Our courses and programs will need to prepare them and challenge them in new ways, to help them gain “fluency” in a wider range of areas. Considering all of these factors, this year’s Teaching & Learning Conference is focused on one question: What are the fluencies that today’s students must develop to face tomorrow’s challenges?

We invite proposals for two session types:

  • 90-minute interactive workshops
  • 40-minute presentations highlighting an innovative pedagogical strategy and evidence of its impact

Proposal submissions are now open.

Plenary Speaker – Dr. James Lang

headshot of james langJames M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.  He is the author of five books, the most recent of which are Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016) Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008). His next book, Teaching Distracted Minds, will be published by Basic Books in late 2020. Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999.  His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston GlobeChicago Tribune, and Time.  He edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for West Virginia University Press; he co-edited the second book in the series, Teaching the Literature Survey Course: New Strategies for College Faculty (2018).  He has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than a hundred colleges or universities in the US and abroad, and consulted for the United Nations on the development of teaching materials in ethics and integrity for college faculty.  In September of 2016 he received a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with three universities in Colombia on the creation of a MOOC on teaching and learning in STEM education.  He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.