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Focus on Teaching and Learning

Focus on Teaching and Learning

FOTL is a collaborative effort by several academic-support units to provide an opportunity for sharing effective practice for teaching and learning at Loyola University Chicago.

Focus on Teaching & Learning Conference

Fall 2015: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Klarchek Information Commons, Lake Shore Campus


Call for Proposals

Click here to access proposals submission form (Deadline for proposals is May 15)

Click here to register for the event

The Loyola University Chicago bi-annual Focus on Teaching & Learning (FOTL) conference is dedicated to the belief that as educators, we can grow and develop by learning through one another. We seek to contribute to a faculty and staff life that involves active scholarship, candid and vibrant collaboration, and innovative activities that reflect the University’s mission. Our hope is that FOTL can support faculty activity at all stages of development, and that work begun through this gathering can continue in myriad ways in faculty life.

The theme of this fall semester conference is "Social Justice: Promoting Diversity and Understanding Privilege.” This theme is intended to assist us in considering how the value of social justice is present and can be expanded in our work here at Loyola, both inside and outside the classroom.

We are pleased to be joined by Dr. Diane Goodman, our keynote speaker for the event. As a professor, consultant, trainer, author and activist, Dr. Goodman has been addressing issues of diversity and social justice for over 25 years. Diane and her associates have worked with a wide range of organizations, community groups, and universities on diversity and social justice issues. Using a participatory approach, she helps people increase their awareness, knowledge and skills to foster equity and inclusion.

Session Formats

We encourage submissions related to a wide variety of teaching-related topics.  In addition, we hope to make submissions accessible enough for faculty to submit products that are works in progress, rather than fully conceived.  FOTL is also an excellent venue for giving presentations that you may have already share or plan to present at other conferences.

Sessions will vary in structure in order to provide a robust experience for presenters and participants. Presenters are asked to identify their preferred format in their proposal; however, reviewers may suggest alternative formats and/or combination of like topics to form symposia. 

FOTL Fall 2015

Workshop Sessions (60 minutes) are hands-on sessions that present theory, concepts, and/or practices (e.g., “Interpreting and Employing Feedback from IDEA to Your Teaching”). Workshop sessions consist of either one presentation, or two presentations back-to-back (i.e., about 30 minutes each).

Symposium/Panels (60 minutes or 90 minutes) combine a number of people who present and discuss their work on a similar topic (e.g., “The Value of Assessment Across an Institution”). Pending the number of presenters, each will be provided with approximately 15 minutes to present their work. After all presenters are completed, there will be shared time at the end for questions and discussion. It is not assumed that those presenting in a symposium format will collaborate before the session, only that they share the time.

Ignatian Innovation (7 minutes) This venue provides a chance to share new ideas related to Ignatian Pedagogy, without the pressure of the need for these ideas to be fully formed. Presenters will be asked to discuss their topic briefly using PowerPoint, poster, or discussion format. Presenters will receive feedback on the idea and offer similar feedback to other colleagues. This venue, building off of the “Pecha Kucha” and “Ted Talk” formats, is intended to be fast-paced and creative. Our hope is that these sessions can focus explicitly on the five key concepts associated with Ignatian Pedagogy, including: Experience, Context, Reflection, Evaluation, and Action (see http://www.luc.edu/fcip/ignatianpedagogy/). 

Short Sessions (30 minutes) This venue will allow for individual presentations lasting approximately 15-20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. This venue is intended to fit those unique ideas that may be discipline-specific and/or may be in an early stage that would warrant more extensive, small-group discussion.

The Fall 2015 FOTL program is co-sponsored by:  Academic Technology Services, the Center for Experiential Learning, Faculty Administration, the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, the Office of Research Services, and the University Libraries.

Click here to access proposals submission form (Deadline for proposals is May 15)

Click here to register for the event




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