Center for Teaching and Learning

Call for proposals: 2021 Symposium

Every year we invite UW faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students to present their work on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at the UW’s Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium.

The Symposium is designed for interactive presentations and discussion on innovative evidence-based teaching strategies, whether it is work you have done in the past or are in the process of implementing. Presentations are in poster and video format and will be online this year.

Proposal submission process

Submissions are accepted (Nov. 16 – noon on Jan. 8) through a Catalyst WebQ in which you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Names and contact information for all co-presenters, as you would like them listed in the Symposium program
  2. A title (10-word maximum)
  3. The type of project your poster will highlight (select one):
    • Scholarly Teaching Practice – Posters that feature instructional practices informed by reflection, observation, and/or published research, or
    • Research on Teaching and Learning – Posters that feature systematic research projects on teaching and/or learning.
  4. A brief (300-word maximum) abstract that addresses all of the following questions:
Scholarly Teaching practice projects:
Research on Teaching and Learning projects (completed or in progress):
  • Topic: What will you be sharing? (e.g. a specific approach, classroom activity, assignment, course design, or assessment method)
  • Context: What are the relevant characteristics of your setting: course or program, type of students, instructional issue, etc.?
  • Scholarly basis: What teaching reflections, observations, and/or published research inform this project?
  • Results: What did you learn by approaching instruction in this way? What makes it transformative for students, the field, you as an instructor, or teaching in general?
  • Application: What can instructors in other disciplines learn from this project and how can they apply it in different contexts?
  • Research question: What are you trying to find out or better understand?
  • Context:  What are relevant characteristics of your setting: course or program, type of students, instructional issue, etc.?
  • Methods: What methods and/or strategies are you using to examine your research question?
  • Assessment: How are you assessing the impact of this project on student learning?
  • Results: What are your findings?
  • Application: What can instructors in other disciplines learn from this research project and how can they apply it in different contexts?

Please note:

  • Your proposal should be publishable as-is in the Symposium program and on our website.
  • Members of the review panel and the Symposium audience come from a wide range of disciplines; please write your proposal in language that clearly communicates your work to readers outside your field.

2021 Timeline for presenters

  • November 16, 2020 – noon on January 8, 2021: Call for proposals.
  • February 17, 2021: Outcomes of the proposal review process are emailed to all applicants.
  • March 9, 2021 (12:00 p.m.): Deadline for applicants to confirm their participation.
  • April 2, 2021 (by 5:00 p.m.): Accepted posters, abstracts, and video presentations are due. (Deadline updated as of March 30)
  • April 12, 2021: Full program (titles, abstracts and presenters) posted to the Symposium home page.
  • April 20, 2021: Teaching & Learning Symposium (2:00-4:30 p.m., online).

Important information about posters and the poster sessions

  • Plan to have your poster and video presentation on display for the full event.
  • Your poster will be assigned to one of the two poster sessions. This allows solo presenters to visit other posters during their unassigned session.
  • Presenters should be available online to respond to questions during their assigned poster session.

Symposium poster contest

Prizes will be awarded. Visit our Symposium poster contest page for details.


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