Teaching and Learning Summit

BGSU’s annual Teaching & Learning Summit is an opportunity for the BGSU teaching community to spend the day celebrating achievements, reflecting on the past year, sharing best practices for teaching and learning, and fostering future collaborations for both inside and outside of the classroom. Participants can expect an engaging keynote presentation, interactive workshop sessions, inspiring discussions, and collaborative learning.  

2024 Teaching & Learning Summit

Interactive session proposals are now being accepted for the 2024 Teaching & Learning Summit. The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m.

This year’s Teaching & Learning Summit will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Olscamp Hall. The theme for this year’s Summit is Forward: The Future of Teaching & Learning. Aligning with BGSU’s strategic plan, “Forward,” this year’s Summit will envision what teaching excellence and student success looks like in the university classroom of the future. 

In this past year, generative AI has transformed the discussion about the future of teaching and learning and posed challenges in terms of inclusivity, equity, and integrity. Over the past year, most conversations have focused on two important issues with generative AI in higher education. Some have worried about the implications of AI for student learning and academic integrity, while others have worried our institutions are not moving fast enough to develop and integrate AI literacy into our courses and curriculum. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Betsy Barre, Ph.D.

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The Center for Faculty Excellence is excited to announce that the keynote speaker for this year’s Teaching & Learning Summit is Dr. Betsy Barre, Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Wake Forest University. Grounding her keynote in the theme of this year’s Summit and addressing the central conversations around generative AI in the classroom, Dr. Barre will present the keynote speech, entitled AI for Humanity: Artificial Intelligence, Higher Education, and the Public Good. Dr. Barre will invite participants to step back from the immediate concerns of generative AI to reflect on the relationship between artificial intelligence and the humanistic mission of higher education. What will our students need to learn to advance the public good in a world transformed by AI? How can we prepare them to address the increasingly complex moral dilemmas before us with both wisdom and humility? And what of our roles as educators? Can AI enhance our practices without compromising the relational, human core of our work?

Dr. Betsy Barre is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Wake Forest University and a faculty member in their Department for the Study of Religion. She is also an alum of BGSU's Honors Program, earning a B.A. in Philosophy (with a minor in History) in 2002. After graduating, she completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Religious Ethics at Florida State University and then held faculty positions at Lake Forest College, Marymount Manhattan College, and Rice University. She transitioned to full-time faculty development work when Rice launched its Center for Teaching Excellence in 2014 and has been leading Wake Forest's Center since 2018. 

Dr. Barre’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of moral philosophy, political theory, and the history of religion. Over the last 15 years, she has taught introductory ethics and religion courses; specialized seminars on disagreement, democratic deliberation, and the First Amendment; graduate courses on teaching and learning; and, most recently, a first-year seminar on sexual ethics. As an expert on both ethics and pedagogy, Betsy has been a leading voice in local and national conversations about artificial intelligence and its implications for higher education.  

Teaching & Learning Summit Pillars

Guiding this year’s theme are the four pillars of the Summit: Pedagogical Innovation, Success & Belonging, Equity & Access, and Lessons in Teaching & Learning. 

Pedagogical Innovation encompasses transformative practices and new approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond. Possible topics may include the use of AI for teaching and learning, educational technology integration, and active learning.

Success & Belonging encompasses strategies for promoting the success and belonging of students, faculty, and all members of the BGSU teaching community. Possible topics may include student support, faculty development, promoting well-being, and community building.

Equity & Access embodies practices that support a diverse, inclusive community of learners and educators. Possible topics include inclusive course design and pedagogy, accessibility, and equitable assessment practices.

Lessons in Teaching & Learning share stories of successful implementation of curriculum design, instructional strategies, and assessment practices. Possible sessions may include demonstrations of in-class activities, assignment or assessment examples, and teaching tips that support student success. Sessions that fall under Lessons in Teaching & Learning will provide attendees with practical tools and strategies that can be implemented into their instruction. 

Call for Proposals for Interactive Sessions

The Center for Faculty Excellence is now accepting proposals for interactive sessions! The deadline for proposals is Monday, April 15, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Interactive sessions should:

  • Have a clear topic that aligns with one of the Teaching & Learning Summit Pillars.
  • Have clear learning outcomes.
  • Provide relevant examples of concepts, skills, and practices.
  • Provide opportunities for participant collaboration, interaction, and/or engagement.
  • Be relevant to a wide spectrum of the BGSU teaching community, including including full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, graduate students, and staff (classified and administrative).
  • Be 45 minutes in length.

Interactive sessions are NOT typical conference-style presentations. To ensure the success of interactive sessions, presenters should design activities that are active and engaging and support the heterogeneity of learners in attendance.

Please note: Interactive sessions will be taking place in-person in Olscamp Hall on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Due to limited staffing, the CFE team cannot support the facilitation of online and/or asynchronous sessions.

Interactive Session Proposal Instructions

  1. Download the Teaching & Learning Summit 2024 Interactive Session Proposal Template.
  2. Save a copy of the document using a naming convention that includes your full name such as Jane_Smith_TLSummit2024_Proposal
  3. Respond to the prompts, paying attention to word limit guidelines. Feel free to delete the instructions in italics as you complete your proposal.
  4. Complete the Teaching & Learning Summit 2024 Interactive Session Proposal Form with your information.
  5. Upload your completed proposal as a Microsoft Word document to the field marked “Proposal File Upload” to the 2024 Teaching & Learning Summit Interactive Session Proposal Form.
  6. If you’d like a copy of your submitted proposal form, click on the box marked “Send me a copy of my responses.”
  7. Click the “Submit” button.

For more information on the specific proposal requirements, download the proposal template and review the instructions. If you have any trouble downloading the template and/or submitting your proposal, please contact the CFE office at cfe@bgsu.edu.

Teaching & Learning Summit 2024 Interactive Session Proposal Template

Teaching & Learning Summit 2024 Interactive Session Proposal Form

Interactive Session Proposal Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the CFE Team based on the following criteria:

  • The proposed interactive session has a clear topic that aligns with one of the Teaching & Learning Summit Pillars
  • The proposed interactive session has clear learning outcomes.
  • The proposed interactive session will provide relevant examples of concepts, skills, and practices.
  • The proposed interactive session will provide multiple opportunities for participant collaboration, interaction, and/or engagement.
  • The proposed interactive session is relevant to a wide spectrum of the BGSU teaching community, including full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, graduate students, and staff (classified and administrative).
  • The proposed interactive session has a clear plan which can be accomplished within the 45-minute time frame. 
  • The interactive session proposal includes 2-3 references or relevant citations that inform the topic, content, and/or planning of the session.

Accepted proposals will be announced the week of April 22, 2024. 

Frequently Asked Questions

All members of the BGSU teaching community, including full-time faculty, adjunct/part-time faculty, staff (classified and administrative), and graduate students are welcomed and encouraged to submit interactive session proposals to facilitate a session at the Teaching & Learning Summit. We also welcome the inclusion of undergraduate students in both the design and delivery of your session. 

Yes! We support and appreciate the collaboration on and co-facilitation of sessions, especially by individuals from different colleges, areas, units, and/or departments from across campus. Please list the name of all co-facilitators in your proposal template.

No, due to staffing limitations, the CFE team cannot support the facilitation of online and/or hybrid sessions for this year's Summit. All interactive sessions will be taking place in-person in Olscamp Hall on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

Yes, you are welcome to submit multiple interactive session proposals. However, to ensure the broadest participation possible in the Summit, it's likely that you will only be selected to present one interactive session.

If you wish to make substantial changes to your interactive session proposal (e.g., significant topic change, content overhaul, etc.) which may affect the selection of your proposal, please submit a new session proposal by the proposal deadline. Please indicate on the new session proposal that it is intended to replace your previously submitted proposal. We request that you do not make any substantial changes to the topic or content of your proposal after the proposal deadline.

If your interactive session proposal is accepted, you may communicate any minor changes to your proposal (e.g., revision of title, addition of a co-facilitator, rewording of learning outcomes, etc.) to the CFE team. 

Yes! In addition to the 45-minute interactive sessions, the CFE is planning to offer a variety of other session-types at this year's Summit, including invited panel discussions and round tables. More information on these session-types and facilitation opportunities will be made available when Summit registration opens in mid-April.

Updated: 04/03/2024 10:29AM