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12th Annual
Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) 2017

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), in partnership with the Office of Academic and Student Support Services and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness is proud to announce the 12th Annual Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) conference scheduled for

Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Reflect, Renew and Recharge: Creating a Lasting Impact for our Students

You are cordially invited to submit a presentation proposal for the conference!

Based on the conference goals, session topics may address any of a wide range of topics related to active and high impact practices in teaching and learning. Proposals should address methods and strategies that are used inside and/or outside the classroom environment. Use of data is highly encouraged in all sessions.

Conference session strands include but are not limited to:

Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills
Critical thinking is the ability for students to engage in higher-order thinking skills to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply their learning to their lives. Proposals in this strand should address active learning strategies to promote critical thinking.

Collaborative Approaches to Learning
Collaborative learning combines two key goals: learning to work and solve problems in the company of others, and sharpening one’s own understanding by listening seriously to the insights of others, especially those with different backgrounds and life experiences. Approaches range from study groups within a course, to team-based assignments and writing, cooperative projects etc.

The Impact of Learning and Teaching on the Brain and Body
As educators, we often focus solely on the content of our subject matter and leave the quality of our presentations to chance. How do our teaching and learning strategies affect our student’s body and brain? We encourage presenters to share the ways in which an awareness of the body and the physical space of the classroom can influence teaching and learning. To what extent can the relationship between body and brain help us engage students in person or online?

Innovations in Instructional Technology
Technology is an essential part of teaching and learning and keeping up with the many emerging technologies can be a challenge. Proposals in this strand should speak to the use of instructional tech tools to enhance engagement and retention inside and outside the classroom environment.

Teaching and Learning Through Community Engagement
Community engagement pedagogies, often called “service learning,” are ones that combine learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. In the words of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, it is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Proposals in this strand should speak to opportunities and experiences for student and the NOVA community.

Distance Learning/Blended Learning
Online and blended learning environments provide challenges and unique opportunities to create active and lasting student learning. Proposals for this strand should address tools and strategies for increasing retention and completion in an online or hybrid classroom environment.

Creating Coherent Pathways
NOVA is fundamentally rethinking and restructuring how students connect to, enroll in, progress through, and successfully complete their goals, with a focus on the partnerships and pathways that support strong transitions throughout students’ educational journeys; includes providing continuity between departments and divisions, across educational institutions, and among community organizations and employers. Proposals in this strand should focus on opportunities for partnerships and pathways that support strong transitions as students move through their educational journey.

Integrating Student Support and Instruction
Building linkages between student support and instruction to address learner needs at all stages of the educational experience; includes delivering “front door” services, completing meaningful education plans, continuous advising and providing ongoing support. Proposals in this strand should address linkages between student support, advising and instruction that enhance students’ learning experiences and help to increase retention and completion.

Career Readiness: Making a Connection with Academics and Workforce
College and career readiness and success have become key priorities for the PK–20 education and workforce communities and the nation at large. Recent projections indicate that within the next decade, over 63 percent of all jobs in the United States and approximately 90 percent of new jobs in growing industries with high wages will require some form of postsecondary education. What does college and career readiness look like? What are you doing in your class to prepare more students to graduate college and be career ready?How can our services support college and career readiness at NOVA? Proposals in this strand should speak to teaching and learning strategies that address career readiness and preparation for the workforce environment.

Equity in Learning and Teaching
At a time of impending demographic shifts, educators are becoming aware of the need to address the systemic practices and barriers that contribute to inequitable educational outcomes of our diverse student populations. Focusing on learning environment, proposals in this strand should demonstrates how teaching applications can transform the teaching and learning process and promote more equitable educational outcomes among all students. For example, the importance of creating identity affirming learning environments that foster high expectations; recognizing the value of the cultural and national differences that learners bring to the educational experience; and engaging the “whole” student in the teaching and learning process.

Please go to https://www.nvcc.edu/cetl/powerup.html for PUP 2017 proposal application.

Deadline for proposal submission is Wed Nov 2,2016.

I hope you will consider sharing your passion and expertise in teaching and learning.
-Frances

Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover
Interim Director – Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
Dean, Learning & Technology Resources (LTR)
NOVA-Alexandria Campus
5000 Dawes Avenue AA340
Alexandria, VA 22311
703.845.6337
fvillagrangl@nvcc.edu

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