CALL FOR PROPOSALS
When Etienne Wenger coined the term "community of practice," he focused our
attention not so much on the products of a given community but on the web of
formal and informal processes that lead to shared knowledge-making. Engineers,
artists, gang members, managers—"these people don't necessarily work together
every day, but they meet because they find value in their interactions. . . .
They help each other solve problems. They ponder common issues, explore ideas,
and act as sounding boards. . . . However they accumulate knowledge, they become
informally bound by the value that they find in learning together." (Wenger,
McDermott, Snyder, 2002; emphasis added)
Given that the faculty at Marshall University continue to implement a number of important curricular and institutional initiatives—from internationalizing the curriculum, to improving our students' writing and critical thinking skills, to imagining a pedagogy that prepares our students to solve problems that do not yet exist—the Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce that the theme of the annual iPed conference is The Pedagogy of Community: Local, Global, Virtual. Marshall University faculty members in any appointment or rank are invited to propose iPED sessions exploring the relationships between teaching, learning, and community.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Camaraderie, synergy, and the human imagination
- The value of informal learning in formal education
- The freshman paradigm shift: From knowledge-acquisition to knowledge-making
- Web 2.0: Creating and sustaining virtual learning communities
- Integrative learning and community engagement
- Global communities, local applications
- Team-based learning in the flipped classroom
- The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): The classroom as community and research lab
- Multilingual communities of practice: bridging the language and culture gap
- Preparing future professionals: teaching students to "practice" community
- Open mic nights: Faculty renewal through “thinking and drinking”
- Cooperative learning and peer instruction
- Faculty Learning Communities: A model for self-driven faculty development
- Educating for the whole person: Moving from a teaching curriculum to a learning curriculum
Proposals will be selected according to a competitive, blind review process.
Conference sessions will follow one of several formats:
- Interactive Demonstrations (75 Minutes): Single speaker or team,
combining instructional and hands-on components.
- Traditional Panel (75 minutes): Three speakers, 20 minutes each,
followed by Q&A.
- Roundtable (75 minutes): Audience discussion moderated by one or
- Workshop (2 hours): One or more workshop leaders, interactive hands-on
Abstracts should identify the preferred session format as well as room/tech requirements,
and offer a perspective on problems, solutions, theory or practice as these issues
apply to teaching and learning in or across the disciplines. Proposals that present
experimental evidence of instructional effectiveness (i.e., the scholarship of teaching
and learning) are especially encouraged.
- Proposals for an Interactive Demonstration or a longer Workshop should offer specific
details about the hands-on components.
- Proposals for a complete Traditional Panel must include all three abstracts and
a panel title. Abstracts submitted individually will be grouped into panels by the
Use the form below to submit your 500-word abstracts online. Submission deadline
is June 28, 2013, at 12:00pm.
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