Loyola University Chicago

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: Request for Proposals

January 14th, 2016, 8:30 am – 4 pm

Water Tower Campus 

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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 the January conference is "Social Justice and Reflective Practice”. 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 thrilled to be joined by Patti Clayton, Ph.D., our keynote speaker for the event, whose presentation is entitled “Critical Reflection for Social Justice”.  Dr. Clayton is an independent consultant with extensive experience as a practitioner-scholar. She serves as a Senior Scholar with the Center for Service and Learning at IUPUI and the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement at University of North Carolina Greensboro. She works with individuals, programs, academic units, campuses, and organizations to envision and establish student learning and community engagement (SLCE) infrastructure and to build capacities among all partners for excellence in SLCE. Her particular focus is on integrated course design, critical reflection, assessment, reciprocal partnerships, and collaborative scholarship. Her Ph.D. in Curriculum in Ecology is from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Call for Proposals

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. 

In order to promote continuity, cohesiveness, and a fluid experience for attendees, all session time frames will last 45 minutes, and will include 30 minutes of presentation with 15 minutes left for Q & A and discussion. This format allows for multiple topics to be covered, and for attendees to have ample time for networking and discussing ideas in more detail.

The “Ignatian Innovation” format, described below, will continue to allow space for fledgling ideas that could benefit specifically from a collaborative, university-based format such as that provided by FOTL.

Session Formats

Sessions present theory, concepts, and/or practices. They consist of either one presentation or two brief presentations back-to-back.  Should the latter be chosen, this format is also appropriate for unique ideas that may be discipline-specific and/or may be in an early stage that would warrant more extensive, small-group discussion. Sessions will be 30 minutes of presentation with 15 minutes of discussion.

Ignatian Innovation 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 (within 10 minutes) 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 also incorporate one or more of the five key concepts associated with Ignatian Pedagogy, including: Context, Experience, Reflection, Evaluation, and Action (see http://www.luc.edu/fcip/ignatianpedagogy/).  

The January 2016 FOTL program is co-sponsored by:  Academic Technology Services, the Center for Experiential Learning, Faculty Administration, the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, the Graduate School, and the University Libraries.