The 4th Annual
New Explorations in Teaching (NEXT) Conference
Friday, March 1st, 2019
The University of Akron, Student Union
What is NEXT?
The New Explorations in Teaching (NEXT) Conference is an annual conference where participants gather to share new ideas and explore innovative topics that support teaching in higher education.
New Explorations in Teaching
How do we create and sustain communities of practice that support teaching in higher education? NEXT answers this question by providing an annual conference where faculty, instructional designers, administrators and students gather to share ideas, resources and a passion for innovation. NEXT is for all those interested in getting more out of what they do in higher education. Sessions and speakers address issues ranging from pedagogy to maker movements to educational technology and beyond. We invite you to share, collaborate, and learn about all the new ideas you and your colleagues have been exploring in the classroom.
Call for Proposals
You are invited to submit a proposal of no more than 500 words for any of the formats listed below. Proposals are due by December 10, 2018.
Individual: In this 50-minute LEARN session, the speaker will present an aspect of their pedagogy or research.
Panel: In this 50-minute DISCUSS session, the speakers (maximum 3) will present research or pedagogical practices with the goal of opening discussion among panelists and session attendees.
Workshop: In this 50-minute CREATE session, the speaker(s) will lead attendees through a guided, hands-on activity.
Steal My Idea: In this 5-minute session, the speaker(s) will present a classroom practice, technology, or lesson that opens boundaries or breaks down barriers to education. Conference attendees will vote to determine the idea most worth stealing.
Poster Presentation (Graduate Students Only): In addition to the standard sessions, graduate students are invited to submit proposals for a poster presentation. Posters will be displayed in the lobby, and conference attendees will vote on the presentation that best addresses the conference theme.
Who Should Attend?
First and foremost, NEXT is designed to share ideas amongst the faculty who are in the classrooms, engaging our learners. This is an opportunity to learn about the strategies we use to promote active learning, and overcome challenges that every educator encounters. This is a conference where we share both scholarship and practical applications of new technologies.
What are some of the statewide initiatives that are now being discussed at individual institutions? Whether it is the cost of education and how it pertains to open educational resources, the implementation of competency-based education, or the need to promote Universal Design for Learners, being part of these conversations at NEXT will help inform the conversation on your campus.
Instructional Designers/Educational Technologists/Instructional Support Staff
What are the best ways to engage your faculty with professional development? What technologies do you recommend to faculty or promote for your learners? This conference will include numerous sessions that will provide resources for support staff to bring back to their institutions.
Each year, we seek to provide opportunities for graduate students to get involved by attending and presenting your their research so as to join the conversation. The student voice is essential, so we invite students to contribute their thoughts to these important topics.
Our Theme Tracks
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Research and strategies pertaining to teaching pedagogy, classroom technique, and overcoming classroom challenges
New ways of integrating technology into how we teach, and the sharing of technologies that can help enhance and increase learner engagement
The issue of affordability with regards to classroom materials is at the forefront of many conversations within the State of Ohio and throughout the country. How are institutions addressing this, and how do you get started in creating open materials? This track will provide sessions that explores that very question.
Create & Make
In what ways can we integrate the creation of materials by students into our classrooms? We now have the ability to rapidly prototype designs and objects that help further our learners’ understanding of complex systems and objects. This track will explore what faculty and students are creating through processes such as 3D-printing and augmented reality.