Thursday-Friday, March 12-13th, 2020
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.
New Explorations in Teaching
How do we create and sustain communities of practice that support teaching? NEXT answers this question by providing an annual conference where faculty, instructional designers, administrators, students, and other educational leaders gather to share ideas, resources, and research on innovative pedagogy. Sessions and speakers address issues ranging from pedagogy and assessment, to maker movements and educational technology. We invite you to share, collaborate, and learn about the new ideas you and your colleagues have been exploring in the classroom.
Call for Proposals
You are invited to submit a proposal abstract of no more than 250 words for any of the formats listed below. Proposals deadline extended to December 10, 2019.
Pre-Conference Workshop Proposal: Thursday, March 12th, 2020
- In this 2-hour HANDS-ON workshop teaching a skill or tool, the presenter(s) will lead attendees through a guided, hands-on activity. Prior to the NEXT Conference, Pre-conference workshop is open to presenters who would like to lead a 2-hour HANDS-ON activity by presenting how an instructional tools/skills (i.e., emerging technologies, instructional methods, models) are adopted to engage learners and teach a skill or tool that is integrated to engage learners.
- In the proposal, provide (a) brief description of how the skill or tool is integrated in class activities, (b) how the specific skill or tool will be taught in the workshop, (c) who would benefit from attending this workshop, and (d) in what way(s) the workshop will be hands-on, providing for attendees to interact with the tool or apply the skill.
The conference registration fee will be waived for workshop presenters.
Conference Proposal: Friday, March 13th, 2020
- Individual or Group Presentation: In this 20-minute or 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 4) will present research or pedagogical practices with the goal of opening discussion among panelists and session attendees. Panel proposals should include the name of the panel facilitator and panel members.
- Poster Presentation: Individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals to present at the poster session.
- Steal My Idea: In this 5-minute session, the speaker(s) will present a practice, technology, or lesson that has been successful in their classroom.
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 instructional strategies.
What are some of the statewide initiatives that are now being discussed? Whether it is the cost of education, student retention, implementation of competency-based education, or partnering with higher education institutions to create experiential learning opportunities for your learners, being part of these conversations at NEXT will help inform the conversation at your institution or in your organization.
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 or organizations.
Leaders in Organizations
Leaders in organizations that collaborate with faculty and/or staff in higher education are invited to submit a proposal and attend the conference to provide practical experience from the fields.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Each year, we create opportunities for students to join the conversation by attending and presenting their research. The student voice is essential, so we invite students to contribute their experiences with or research on these important topics.
Our Theme Tracks
The theme for NEXT 2020 focus on Innovative Strategies for Engaging Learners. We often ask, “How do you effectively engage learners?” Proposals should address:
Other engagement strategies:
Proposals relating to similar topics are also welcome!
K-16 faculty, staff, administrators, and students or organizations are encouraged to submit!