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The Innovation in Teaching Conference highlights innovative teaching practices among educators. During this one-day conference, we ask you to share and take away ideas that address the "what's next" pushing us to strive for excellence in education.

Innovative Ideas

Learn new and evolving educational practices across diverse settings. We encourage our presenters think outside the box, and as a result these presentations push the envelope of what's possible in education.

Innovative Format

Each session packs information and tools into "bundles" of four 10-minute presentations, maximizing your exposure to new teaching practices. Our schedule also allows you to network with other innovative educators. You will leave feeling energized with new ideas to share with your colleagues, and new connections to continue to drive your educational innovations.

Keynote Speaker: Chris Dede

Chris Dede Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. Dede has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment, a member of the U.S. Department of Education's Expert Panel on Technology, and a member of the 2010 National Education's Technology Plan Technical Working Group. In addition to multiple other memberships and leadership positions, he leads the adult-capacity-building strand of the Reaching Every Reader initiative at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dede is an author of multiple books, including: Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, Digital Teaching Platforms: Customizing Classroom Learning for Each Student, Teacher Learning in the Digital Age: Online Professional Development in STEM Education, and Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities in Education.

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UGA Hotel and Conference Center
1197 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30602

Proposal Guidelines

No teaching innovation should be considered too small for a proposal! This conference is an opportunity for educators to share what they consider to be an interesting innovation in their own teaching.

All college-level faculty, instructors, and graduate assistants are encouraged to submit a proposal to present a 10-minute session or poster discussion. While we recognize many of these sessions will also demonstrate the role of technology to support innovative teaching, this is not a requirement for a proposal.

  • Proposals should include a descriptive title and short abstract (150 words or less).
  • Proposals should be of two types: Examples of teaching innovations or research on teaching in higher education.
  • Proposals are for 10-minute presentations or poster sessions
  • Proposals can be submitted by university educators, graduate students, and individuals who work with those in higher education. Proposals can be submitted from co-presenters.
  • Proposals for presentations that solicit a purchase may not be accepted
  • Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 4, 2018

Sample Proposal Topics

Past conferences have included topics on gaming, peer-based learning, and new teaching technologies, with presentations such as:

  • "EDpuzzle as an Innovative Teaching Tool"
  • "Video-Based Peer Instruction: Learning by Watching How Your Classmates Learn"
  • "From Talking the Talk to Walking the Walk: Learning In and From a Maker Space Activity"
  • "Preparing the Student for the Learning Environment: A Readiness Activity."

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Emerging SoTL Scholar Award

In addition to your proposal submission, The Center for Teaching and Learning will recognize up to three proposals for the Emerging SOTL Scholar Award. To be considered for this award, please opt-in on your submission form.


Your registration includes conference sessions, handouts, lunch, and refreshment breaks.

Participant: $125 (on or before Sept. 28); $150 (Sept. 29 or later)
UGA College of Education faculty participant: Free (please register so we have enough handouts and food for everyone)
UGA faculty participant: $75
Student participant: $50

Registration and cancellation deadline: Oct. 12

Cancellation and refund policy: All cancellations must be submitted via email before the cancellation deadline in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable. If cancellation is not made by the deadline, and you are not able to attend, you or your organization is still liable for payment.

Registration transfer: If you have registered for an event but cannot attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. Simply email 48 hours before the event with the registration information of the person who will attend.

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Be a Partner

For a $1,000 sponsorship, our conference partners receive recognition on our website, in our program, and throughout the conference. This is a great way to directly reach professionals in higher education across disciplines who appreciate new and innovative thinking in the classroom.

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Past Conferences and Keynotes



Bonni Stachowiak is a professor at a small, private, liberal arts university where she is also the director of teaching excellence and digital pedagogy, allowing her to collaborate with all other faculty in improving teaching.

Download the 2017 program



Lynn Bryant began her career as a high school physics teacher. She now devotes her time to working with K-12 science teachers to bring them leading-edge science content.

Download the 2016 program



Larry Johnson is founder and CEO of EdFutures. He is widely considered one of the world's leading experts in emerging technologies and learning.

Download the 2015 program



Peter Doolittle is professor and director of the Virginia Technical Institute Office of the Provost, where he manages the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research and other professional development programs.

Download the 2014 program