45th Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning
Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah, GA
October 15-17, 2015


   Keynote Address   
Dr. Terry Doyle
Ferris State University

A New Paradigm for Student Learners
The challenges facing American Higher Education cannot be solved by instructors alone. If educational outcomes are going to significantly improve in the U.S., it is essential that our students, both those who struggle and those who do well, learn how to be better learners. This session will discuss how the findings from neuroscience, cognitive science and biology research, over the past fifteen years; demand a new paradigm for student learners. This new paradigm requires two actions from students. The first is to prepare themselves for learning and second, is to apply the findings from brain research on how the human brain learns best to their learning and studying practices. The specific actions students need to take to adopt this new paradigm will be shared in this talk. More >>>

   Distinguished Fellows Award Presentation   
Dr. Cynthia Ramsey & Dr. Oeida Hatcher
Lynchburg College
Ignite Student Engagement: Sparking Creativity in the Collegiate Classroom
Enhancing one's creative abilities has long been an assumption underlying a liberal arts education; however, today's higher education society finds itself dealing with incoming students whose educational focus has solely revolved around finding that 'one right answer' on standardized tests. This model leaves little room for creative thinking or assignments that encourage working 'outside of the box'. In this interactive teaching session you will learn about the creative process and experience learning strategies that will help you tap into your students' creative process.

   Closing Plenary   
Dr. Jerry Samples
University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown
Where have we been? Where are we going? Are we there yet?
Every time I attend a meeting on teaching I am reminded of my children asking: Are we there yet? The process of educating students is a lot like a long trip that seems to drag on forever. Are we there yet? Have we finally found that method, tool, or paradigm which will revolutionize education with a focus on student learning? How do we know what works? Do we really take the time to assess the claims of new paradigms before charging off to use them? What is it that we should learn about teaching and learning to do it well? This will be an interactive session – be prepared to participate.


The 45th annual conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning (ISETL) will be in Savannah, GA, from October 15-17, 2015. ISETL encourages college and university faculty and practitioners from all disciplines to develop, study, and apply learner-centered principles of teaching, learning, and assessment in innovative, yet effective and practical ways. The program committee invites proposals for a 50 minute presentations - Interactive Teaching Sessions or Academic Research Sessions - or for a poster session presentation that reflects these goals. We are especially interested in presentations that demonstrate practical and creative teaching and learning techniques based on personal experiences and/or research that will appeal to colleagues in several disciplines. We will also consider presentations on other topics relevant to the mission of ISETL. Preference will be given to presentations that promise to model alternative teaching methods and engage their audiences in activity and dialogue. All conference information is available on the Conference Information sheet.

ISETL is a supportive and inclusive organization of professionals dedicated to the practice and scholarship of teaching in higher education. The rich representation of disciplines from traditional liberal arts and sciences, engineering and the applied sciences, and a diverse set of professional schools gives us all new insights to achieving common goals of improving teaching and learning. ISETL conferences provide a professional forum for those who have something to share, and the informal and interactive nature of the presentations makes learners and teachers of us all. ISETL's listserv provides an online forum for exchanging ideas and innovations in pedagogy, and ISETL's publication, the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, a peer-reviewed journal, provides faculty with an outlet for sharing their academic endeavors.

For Proposal and Scheduling Questions:
Julie Schrock, Chair
ISETL Conference Committee
Meredith College
Phone: 1-919-760-2024
Email: ISETLProposalReviewChair@gmail.com

For Registration Questions:
Sheila Wood
ISETL Conference Registrar
California State University - Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria, NSM A-115
Carson, CA 90747
Voice: 310-243-2203
Email: swood@csudh.edu

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