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Submit proposals for the Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium by March 17

The Center for Teaching Learning is seeking lightning talk proposals for the 2023 Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium on Tuesday, May 8. The theme of the symposium is “learning by doing”, or experiential learning.

Experiential learning is both a philosophy and methodology, where educators purposefully engage with students in learning experiences, or ‘learning by doing’, and use intentional reflection to enhance learning, support skill development and explore values. The goals are for students to develop applicable knowledge and skills through experiential learning activities that prepare them for careers, community engagement and to become responsible community members.

Lightning talk proposals can showcase examples, both big and small, of experiential learning use (success stories, lessons learned, tips & tricks, methodologies, etc.) across campus.

For example, assignments and courses that engage students in:

  • Authentic application of learning (e.g. career focused activities)
  • Assignments designed for student agency (e.g., students drawing on their own experience,interests, and direction)
  • Meaningful use of reflection
  • Service-Learning projects
  • Community based learning
  • Undergraduate research
  • Vertically Integrated Projects
  • Using the Maker Lab
  • Internships
  • Field work
  • Authentic assessments
  • Other course experiences that connect classroom learning to applied learning, and to students’ real, lived experiences

Tips for success

Need inspiration? Review some ideas about how to share knowledge.

What is a lightning talk? Learn more about the format.

Submit a proposal

Submit ideas for a lightning talk via the proposal form by March 17, 2023.

The brief proposal form will ask for:

  • A short description (100 word maximum) of the teaching approach to share in the lightning talk.
  • A description of how this approach relates to the theme of “Teaching the Whole Student.”
  • Explanation of what participants will gain from listening to the lightning talk.

Have an idea to share but can’t join on May 8th? While submitting a proposal, select the “share some other way” option, and someone from the Center for Teaching and Learning will reach out to discuss alternative ways to share the idea.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Lausch at the Center for Teaching and Learning (