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Great Ideas Summit seeks lightning talk proposals

The Great Ideas Summit partners (Center for Teaching Learning, University Foundations and eCampus Center) are welcoming lightning talk proposals for the summit on March 29, 2024. This year’s Great Ideas Summit theme is “Humanizing Education.” Talk proposals should showcase examples, both big and small, of humanized education and teaching practices (success stories, lessons learned, tips and tricks, methodologies, etc.) across campus. For example, assignments, activities, teaching techniques and courses structures that:

  • create a relationship-rich classroom,
  • engage and see the whole student (versus students and educations as things),
  • emphasize know-do-become (UF classroom specific),
  • welcomes different student perspectives and voices,
  • supports students from a variety of backgrounds,
  • is informed by student needs, or
  • avoids a ‘one size fits all’ approach to teaching.

Tips for Success

Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas about how to share your knowledge.

What is a lightning talk? Click to learn more about the format.

How to submit a proposal

Proposals should be submitted via a web form by Feb. 23, 2024.

The brief proposal form will ask applicants to:

  • Provide a short description (75 word maximum) of the teaching approach to share and how it relates to the theme of “Humanizing Education”
  • Describe briefly (75 words max.) the ways this approach impacted student learning/experience
  • Explain (75 words max.) what you hope participants will gain from listening to the talk
  • Indicate if the presentation will be in person or remotely (via Zoom)
  • Specify the teaching modality if the talk relates to a specific course

Have a strategy to share but can’t join the summit on March 29? While submitting a proposal, select the “share some other way” option, and a representative will be in touch to discuss alternative ways to share the approach.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Lausch (