iPED Regional Teaching Conference

2021 iPED: Call for Proposals

The Great Educational Pivot

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | Virtual Conference

Deadline to submit proposals: Friday, March 5, 2021

(See information below for submitting proposals)


The Impact of Change & Change Agents on Teaching & Learning 

Everyone who knows anything about higher education knows that change occurs slowly – except when it doesn’t. Sometimes, like in the spring of 2021, forces beyond our control penetrate our comfortable cocoon of security and sameness. Consequently, all of us experienced, and continue to experience, what has been referred to as “The Great Educational Pivot.” And, while this may not have been the greatest change ever experienced by higher education, it is certainly the greatest change that has happened in our collective experience of higher education.

This conference is a professional development opportunity for faculty from Marshall University and surrounding colleges and universities. The “what” of the conference is the over-arching theme of change, as embodied in “The Great Educational Pivot.” The “why” of the conference is a change agent, as embodied in COVID19 (this time).

As principal actors in higher education, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to capture our learning and to use what we have learned to be more ready for the next change agent catapulting us into action.

The theme invites faculty, staff, and administrators from Marshall University and all regionally accredited Colleges and Universities to think deeply about change, change agents, and their impact.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom structures, projects and/or initiatives (face-to-face, virtual, and online) that allow for adaptation and support during times of change
  • High-impact practices that support engagement and adaptation to change
  • Tools, apps, or other resources that support engagement and adaptation to change
  • Approaches to identifying and mitigating academic barriers
  • Approaches to identifying and mitigating non-academic barriers (such gaps in technology related to access or knowledge )
  • Approaches to the meaning of “digital native” and best practices in bridging technological gaps
  • Ways to examine and assess the campus and institutional culture related to engagement in the “classroom” (face-to-face, virtual, and online)
  • Ways to build a community that inspires a feeling of belonging in both students and faculty
  • Ways to support students and faculty during times of upheaval or change
  • Impact of curricular and co-curricular community engagement opportunities


Session Formats and Proposal Submission Types

Submission Types

  • Interactive Presentation: 75 minutes; one or more facilitators; audience interaction, author selected co-facilitators
  • Panel Presentation: 75 minutes; three co-panelists for approximately 20 minutes each with Q&A (panels arranged by conference organizers based on topic)
  • Workshop/Tutorial: 2 hours; one or more facilitators; participants work on some element of their own teaching practice (e.g., syllabus development, high-impact practices)
  • Teaching Clinic: 30-minute time slots for demonstrations of particularly fruitful teaching practices and brief discussion; single facilitator
  • Facilitated Roundtable Discussion: 30-minute time slots for open discussions of initiatives either inside the classroom or at the Institutional level; one or more facilitators; audience participation expected

Session Formats

  • Live real-time presentation, live Q&A/discussion, and live recording
  • Simulive (pre-recorded presentation BUT live Q & A to occur while your recording is being played during a presentation slot)
  • Recorded (fully pre-recorded session with no live elements)

To submit a proposal, please complete the submission form by 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2021. The form can be found here:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=eLKaI7o7eEy0HYUIpUHgJWEqt3jwo-NAgkVzCtZNTHVUN0U4T1FUMkFMQTlLNFI5UUJBVEZDTFdRUS4u.

For questions, contact April Fugett, Ph.D. (fugett5@marshall.edu) or Jenny Morgan (jennifer.morgan@marshall.edu).



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