Virtual Instructional Development Institute: Making Meaningful Connections

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Instructional Development Council at UW-Green Bay invite applications for our Virtual Instructional Development Institute on January 19 & 21, 2021. There are many exciting ways to participate. From roundtable discussions to virtual posters, we wish to showcase the thoughtful minds of our teaching and learning partners and highlight the ways they make meaningful connections given our current contexts. Please consider applying for the session format below that best suits you.

Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kevin Kumashiro, whose work around education policy, curricular innovation, educational equity, and social justice work will help us to grapple with finding meaningful connections as a university.

Keynote Title: “Troubling Connections: Five Lenses for Teaching toward Justice”

How might university instructors dive into this moment of numerous national and global crises to re-imagine and democratize education?  This presentation examines ways that education centers on various forms of connection among students, educators, curriculum, community, and social movements.  We explore five lenses or conceptual frameworks for troubling how we understand and animate connections, and what these might mean for teaching and learning toward equity and justice: naming the moment, curriculum as intervention, contradictions of teaching, learning through crisis, and movement building as a frame.

Workshop Title: “A Deeper Dive into the Five Lenses”

This interactive workshop offers more illustrations of the five lenses from the keynote lecture, as well as prompts for applying the lenses in our programs and courses, and provides more time for participants to self-reflect, ask questions, and strategize ways to take these lenses and questions to their colleagues and students.


How to Apply

Decide in which format you/you and your collaborators would prefer to share your projects or presentations. Click to expand the descriptions of session formats below.

Synchronous Options ⌚

Focused conversations with participants around a specific pedagogical question, challenge, technique, or tool. You may apply individually or as a group.
A short, live presentation of research, scholarship, or other pedagogical strategy participants might wish to share with teaching and learning colleagues.
Decompression sessions led by volunteers (e.g. leading a mindfulness break, a pet slideshow, an online Zumba class, playing a game, going on an Instagram walk and post to a hashtag, and more!)

Asynchronous Options 📅

This is a virtual conference paper or presentation. These sessions consist of recorded presentations (up to 20 minutes long) with an online discussion board for Q & A. On-demand sessions will open at the beginning of the conference and run until the end of the conference.

This is a virtual poster session. Presenters will submit a six-minute screencast detailing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project which CATL will put into a VoiceThread so that presenters and participants can discuss asynchronously over the two days of the conference.

Sample topics might include but are not limited to: 

  • Engagement techniques 
  • Community-building 
  • Belongingness 
  • Asset-focused pedagogy 
  • Discussion-based courses 
  • Equity-minded curricular design 
  • Collaborative assignment or project design 
  • Inclusive or culturally responsive pedagogies 
  • Equity in HIPs engagement 
  • Mentoring and mentorship 
  • Neoliberalism in higher education 
  • Critically reflexive practice and professional growth 
  • Anti-racist or social justice pedagogies
  • Academic freedom and freedom of expression

Submit your application by Dec. 11, 2020 (updated 12/1)

Click Here to Submit!