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

Innovative Ideas

Our presentation format gives you access to amazing new and evolving educational practices across diverse settings. Past presentations covered topics such as creating lessons without textbooks, using digital tools to increase student engagement, ways to introduce active learning into a classroom, or educational access. We encourage our presenters to think outside the box when sharing their innovative ideas, and as a result, these presentations push the envelope of what's possible in education.

Innovative Format

Our sessions are designed to maximize your exposure to new teaching practices. Each session packs a lot of information and tools into "bundles" of four 10-minute presentations that you can take back to your classoom and share with your colleagues. The conference schedule also incorporates time to meet other innovative educators who you can collaborate with for years to come.

2018 Conference Details

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Upcoming Dates

4 September 2018

Innovation in Teaching Proposal Submissions Due

Submit your idea about innovative teaching by Sept. 4.

10 September 2018

Early Registration Closes for the Innovation in Teaching Conference

Submit your registration by Sept. 10 to take advantage of early bird rates.

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Submit your proposal or poster

Share your new teaching method, use of technology, inventive takes on traditional lectures, or new tactics for student engagement in the form of a 10-minute presentation. Or, submit your work for a poster session.

Submit your idea

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.

  • 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."

Call for Proposals

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.

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

Submit a Proposal

Meet the Keynote

Chris Dede of Harvard's Graduate School of Education is a leader in mobile learning initiatives and has developed a widely used framework for scaling up educational innovations.


SOTL Awards

We partner with the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning to honor the annual Emerging SoTL Scholar Awards.

Hotel Accommodations

Learn more about the UGA Hotel and Conference Center

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.

Request more info

Email us for details on sponsorships.

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