iPED Regional Teaching Conference

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Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Inquiring Pedagogies (iPED) Regional Teaching Conference is a professional development opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators from Marshall University and all regionally accredited Colleges and Universities. Each year, the iPED conference offers sessions based on a central theme chosen by conference organizers. Registrants participate in interactive presentations, panel presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, and clinics which are developed around the conference theme.

History of iPED: The conference began in 2009 as a Fall Teaching Conference, with sessions led by Marshall faculty for Marshall faculty. The conference was the annual centerpiece of the university’s efforts to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate instruction. In 2020, iPED became a regional conference, inviting regionally accredited Colleges and Universities to be both presenters and attendees. Additionally, the conference was moved to the end of the spring semester, taking place the Wednesday after Marshall’s final exam week.


Transforming Teaching and Learning through Best Practices

Wednesday, May 3, 2023


Deadline:  Friday, March 10, 2023 (See information below for submitting proposals.)

Conference Theme

Teaching and learning through a pandemic has presented our campus communities with unprecedented challenges. According to Neuwirth, Jovic, and Mukherji (2021), “The demand for faculty to promptly alter and/or entirely transform and resume the curricular instruction in response to the social and physical distancing measures was complicated by a number of critical psychosocial factors that both faculty and students faced….” They concluded that, “The mode that faculty should be in is not resumption, but rather re-envisioning and re-imagining the design and delivery of the curriculum during these unprecedented times.”

Pedagogical best practices can provide a blueprint for creating connections between teaching innovation and traditional classroom teaching. This year, we embrace an overarching theme of transformation through re-envisioning and re-imagining the “classroom.” We are called to critically examine our teaching practices that no longer serve students and make transformative changes in our courses. It is now time to do more than pivot through crisis; we must transform our pedagogical practices to meet the needs of diverse learners.

This conference is a professional development opportunity for faculty from Marshall University and surrounding colleges and universities. The theme invites faculty, staff, and administrators from Marshall University and all regionally accredited Colleges and Universities to think deeply about transformative pedagogical best practices within diverse teaching environments.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom practices, projects, and/or initiatives informed by best practices (face-to-face, virtual, online, and HyFlex)
  • Transformative classroom structures, projects, and/or initiatives (face-to-face, virtual, online, and HyFlex) that allow for flexibility in teaching and learning
  • Ways to transform the campus community that inspire openness and feelings of belonging
  • High-impact practices that support reflection, growth mindset, and/or flexibility
  • Tools, apps, or other resources that create opportunities to transform learning
  • Tools, apps, or other resources that support best practices in teaching
  • Approaches to identifying and mitigating non-academic barriers that inhibit growth (such as gaps in technology related to access or knowledge)
  • Ways to examine and assess the opportunities to increase access through course formats (face-to-face, virtual, HyFlex, and online)
  • Impact of curricular and co-curricular community engagement opportunities on openness and flexibility

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:

  • Traditional: Face-to-face with an audience (session may be recorded and posted for viewing after the conference)
  • HyFlex: Face-to-face with some audience members, others join virtually via Microsoft Teams; live recording posted after the conference
  • Virtual: Live audience on Microsoft Teams (session may be recorded and posted for viewing after the conference)
  • Simulive: Pre-recorded presentation posted ahead of the conference; Live Q & A occurs virtually on Microsoft Teams while your recording is being played during a presentation slot
  • Recorded: Fully pre-recorded presentation with no live elements

Submit a proposal by using the link below. Please complete the submission form by 5:00 p.m. on March 10, 2023.

Submit a Proposal Here


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