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ITL Symposium Fall 2020


The theme for this fall's symposium is Activating Inclusivity in Learning Environments, and we've identified the following guiding questions to center our presentations and keynote speaker around:

  • How does my positionality hinder action or empower me to take action?
  • What tools am I using on campus to take action toward anti-racism?
  • How can I incorporate anti-racism in my learning environments?

Based on these driving questions, the Faculty Innovation Center invites UT staff, instructors, and students to submit a proposal for an interactive workshop that features your expertise, experiences, and gives instructors actionable takeaways that can be applied in their learning spaces. Selected presenters will be compensated with a stipend to honor their contributions to this event.

Interactive workshop proposals should address the following elements:

  • Interactivity. Lecture-style presentations are discouraged—research shows that a maximum of 10-12 minutes of lecture, followed by an interactive activity, is best for learners. Please see attached image for more information and an example of this.
  • Transferability. In designing your workshop, please consider opportunities for participants to embrace and/or utilize your strategies/ideas in their own professional contexts. Presenters and audience members for past ITL symposia have included faculty, graduate student instructors, instructional staff, administrative staff, and University leadership.
  • Actionable steps. A successful proposal will include tangible takeaways for participants to utilize after the Symposium ends. These can include a worksheet, infographic, handout, simple slide deck, or other virtual or PDF resource. (For example, if the presentation is about the process for auditing a syllabus through an antiracist lens, a takeaway would be a guide allowing participants to walk through the process of auditing their own syllabi.)

Here are some details about the day that we think would be helpful:

  • The symposium will be held on the mornings of Tuesday, October 27 through Thursday, October 29 from 8:30-1:00 on Zoom. We will narrow down the final dates to two of those mornings based on speaker availability.
  • Alongside a Keynote presentation, one-hour workshop sessions will take place throughout the two half-day Symposium sessions.

Proposal submissions will be accepted until October 13 at 9:00am.

You can send any questions or concerns to Sarah Schoonhoven or Shavonne Coleman.