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November 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm

Call for Papers and Panels | Perfecting Pedagogical Practices Conference

The Third Annual Graduate Student Pedagogy Conference at Ohio University: Perfecting Pedagogical Practices announces a call for papers and welcomes submissions from all Ohio University graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and adjunct faculty members from all disciplinary fields.

Perfecting Pedagogical Practices logoAs the theory and practice of education, pedagogy can influence every choice instructors make inside the classroom, yet they rarely have the opportunity to learn from each other as practitioners. The Perfecting Pedagogical Practices Conference seeks to change this by making space for practitioners to talk about what they do in their pedagogy, what they have tried in class, and what has proven successful. This one-day, in-house event will provide an opportunity for presenters to share their best practices as teachers and foster discussion of pedagogical practices.

Conference organizers are particularly interested in pedagogical approaches from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Proposals that engage with theoretical perspectives or teaching strategies from a particular discipline that can be applied to a range of courses are especially welcome.

Possible proposal topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Classroom management: generating participation, creating a teaching persona, negotiating authority, etc. in STEM, the humanities, and other disciplines.
  • Active and student-centered classroom activities such as promoting student discussion, synthesis exercises, close-reading exercises, teaching grammar, etc.
  • Pedagogical theory (pedagogical theories at any level or any context)
  • Using technology in the classroom: incorporating technology for classroom assignments and also as learning tools, such as computers in the classroom, apps for smartphones, etc.
  • Using games and game theory in the classroom (the face-to-face classroom, the online classroom, and the hybrid classroom)
  • Creating a space for students to learn about and discuss the dynamics of gender, race, and sexuality safely
  • Activities and exercises that encourage students to think critically and empathetically about diverse cultures and experiences
  • Techniques for facilitating student engagement. How do we get them to care?
  • Techniques for negotiating diverse skill-levels in the same classroom and/or teaching complex and difficult concepts to beginning learners

The conference is Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Alden 319, the Friends of the Library Room and in the adjacent Faculty Commons area. This room is equipped with a computer and overhead projector. Presentations should be 7-10 minutes in length and will be followed by discussion and questions. Your presentation can take the form of a reading or a talk in which you guide us through an activity. You will also have the opportunity to post your lesson plan and other materials online to share with others. Besides presentations, the conference will also feature a keynote and several workshops by OHIO faculty and staff.

Please submit individual abstracts (approximately 250 words in length) describing your intended presentation and its subject area via e-mail no later than Dec. 22, 2017, to Students or departments may also submit 3-4 person panel proposals with a brief abstract for the panel and individual abstracts for each presentation. Questions about the conference may also be addressed to the above email.

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