2015 Teaching and Learning Fair


Information for Sponsors

Sponsors of 2015 will be added to this page as they have confirmed. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from each of our sponsors in a variety of ways, including sponsor booths and concurrent session presentations. 

We are expecting approximately 500 attendees from all over the United States with a substantial representation from around the Great Lakes and Midwest. The vast majority of those attending are expected to be full–time professors (online and face to face), adjunct faculty, instructional designers, course and curriculum developers, and administrators from a variety of Universities and Institutions.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2015 conference, please contact Karen Harris at meyersk@bgsu.edu or phone at 419.372.6898. 


US $2000 + swag equal to or greater than US $1000


US $1000 + swag equal to or greater than US $500


US $500 + swag equal to or greater than US $200


US $100 + swag equal to or greater than US $100

Schedule & Program

Check out our at-a-Glance Schedule and Program for a PDF of conference events. For the most up-to-date schedule, find our digital program on Guidebook. With the free Guidebook App, you can access the program from your tablet and phone by searching "BGSU 9th Annual Teaching and Learning Guide".

"Focused Learning in a World of Distractions"


Dr. Jim Therrell

Dr. Jim Therrell has enjoyed teaching and consulting for 35 years in a wide variety of contexts, engaging students and working with faculty from diverse backgrounds. He’s delivered over 500 workshops and keynotes around the world with a focus on curriculum, instruction, culture, leadership, and collaboration.

Originally from Colorado and a graduate of Duke University (BA in History), San Francisco State University (MS in Administration), and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction), Dr. Therrell earned tenure and promotion at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he served as Faculty Senate President and was selected for the Oklahoma Outstanding Professor’s Academy, and now retired from Central Michigan University.

As CMU’s Director of FaCIT, the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching, Dr. Therrell reconceptualized and restructured his center, re-positioning FaCIT within the University’s mission and university-wide initiatives. After three months at CMU, he created the “One-Hour Conference,” which went on to win his field's national Innovation Award, and shortly thereafter was elected to the national Board of Directors for faculty development.

Jim has focused his recent efforts on creating the environment, key processes, and tools for implementing a systematic approach to developing teaching excellence, or "focused learning," the topic of our keynote.

Call For Proposals


January 30, 2015: Abstract Submission Deadline

February 15, 2015: Notification of Acceptance


The BGSU Teaching and Learning Conference is intended to be a forum for discussion of innovations in teaching and learning as well as a celebration of educators and their constant drive to improve. It will be held on the Bowling Green State University Campus, in Bowling Green, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Toledo Ohio. BGSU is a public,  residential campus with more than 20,000 students and more than 800 full-time faculty.

The Conference will be held on March 5, 6, and 7, 2015, in the BGSU Bowen Thompson Student Union.

The conference will include 50-minute interactive workshop sessions, 30-minute table discussions, as well as poster presentations. Our theme relates to the power of prisms to allow us to see into the future with all its myriad possibilities. So much is changing today in higher education that we have to be attuned to all the nuances of what the future may bring.

Session tracks include Engaged LearningAssessment StrategiesCourse and Assignment Design, and Engaging Classroom and Course Technologies.

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Dr. James Therrel, past director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University. His keynote address is entitled “Focused Learning in a World of Distractions."

Topic Ideas

  • Innovative Engagement Strategies
  • The Growing Ubiquity of Social Media
  • Using Active Learning Classrooms to their Fullest Potential
  • Promoting Student Self-Regulation and Responsibility
  • Integration of Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning
  • Engaging Community Partners as Effective Co-educators/co-researchers in Experiential Learning




    • Innovative Approaches to Service-Learning and Collaborative Engagement
    • Effective Technology Innovation
    • The Future of MOOCs
    • Educational Spaces
    • Agile Approaches to Change
    • Measuring Quality
    • Using Electronic Portfolios to Enhance Authentic Learning

    Proposal Criteria

    • Table sessions (30 minutes): Interactive teaching session focused on sharing, modeling, and discussing higher education teaching and learning, while allowing for interaction among session participants
    • Interactive workshop sessions (50 minutes): Academic research session focused on original research in which higher education teaching and learning methods
    • All-conference interactive poster sessions (2.5 hours): You will use a 42x56 board to display your poster in a large room with others. The presentation should be focused on individualized sharing of teaching and learning methods and research addressing higher education teaching and learning

    Please note that we will make every effort to assign you to the proposal format you have selected; however, it may be necessary due to space and time constraints to assign you to a different format.

    All proposals will be peer and blind reviewed by the BGSU Teaching and Learning Conference Planning committee using the following criteria

    • Relevance of the topic: The topics chosen should be relevant to a  broad academic audience of educators from different disciplines. The proposal should have an engaging title and a clear relevance to the conference theme.
    • Research Base: The author should offer a theoretical research foundation and research for the paper, as indicated by recent citations.
    • Learning Objectives: The session objectives should be clearly defined and relevant.
    • Dialogue: The session should be designed to encourage dialogue. Please do not simply read your paper.
    • Name and Contact Information: For yourself and any co-authors/presenters. Include name, title, institution, address, email, and phone.
    • Title:  Provide a descriptive and engaging title that is no more than 20 words long.
    • Abstract: Submit an abstract with convincing rationale for session content. Should be 50 to 100 words long and provide the session subject and preferred delivery method.
    • References/Relevant Citations
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Intended Audience


    Early Bird*


    Faculty $200

    Faculty $225

    Student/Retiree $100

    Student/Retiree $125

    *Early Bird registration rates are available until January 1, 2015.  Regular registration is available until March 5, 2015.  Walk-in registration will be available the first day of the conference, March 5, 2015.

    *Complimentary admittance for BGSU faculty, students, and staff. 

    Travel Information

    Holiday Inn Express

    $99+tax/night with reference to your attendance to the “Bowling Green State University Teaching and Learning Conference.”

    Rooms must be reserved by February 19, 2015 for the Teaching and Learning Conference rate.

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    Hampton Inn

    $85+tax/night with reference to your attendance to the “Bowling Green State University Teaching and Learning Conference”.

    Rooms must be reserved by February 4, 2015 for the Teaching and Learning Conference rate.



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