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The “Unconference” discussions that took place at last year’s Teaching and Learning Week were such a success, OTL will be hosting another unconference opportunity during this year’s Teaching and Learning Week, February 6-8, 2017. We’ve scheduled two unconference-style sessions that will feature faculty-led discussion tables…and we need YOUR HELP for the discussions to take place!
An unconference discussion - T&L Week 2016
What happens during an unconference? At these events, the topic at each discussion table is proposed by session participants. The format is generally quite informal – the role of each discussion leader is to provide a brief introduction to key ideas and some context to the topic, initiating the conversation and letting it go where it will through other participants sharing examples or ideas and asking questions. Each conversation will last one hour and can focus on topics such as particular teaching strategies, approaches to assignments, instructional technologies, or other instructional-related challenges or ideas that you’d like to explore with colleagues. Some example discussion topics from last year’s Unconference include:

  • Best Practices to Engage Students in Online Courses
  • Using Video Essays in Class
  • Effective Practices for Teaching International Students
  • Back to the Basics to Ensure Engagement
  • Teaching With Cases

The two Unconference sessions will take place on Monday Feb. 6th and Tuesday Feb. 7th, both at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Your willingness to lead a discussion in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere is key for making these sessions successful! If you are interested in exploring your passions or predicaments through conversation with others here at DU, please complete the brief online registration form here ( by Monday, December 19th to propose a topic for a discussion that you would like to facilitate.

Additional information for Teaching and Learning week events is available on the OTL website –

We still have a few more slots available for the “Unconference” on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 during DU’s upcoming Teaching and Learning Week (Feb. 8-12, 2016). During the Unconference, the agenda consists of topics proposed by participants. Presentations are short (15-20 minutes plus discussion) and focused on specific teaching strategies, assignments, or technologies, for example. Or, you could lead a Guided Discussion on a particular challenge or an idea you’d like to kick around with colleagues.

Some of topics proposed so far include:3 presenters from Teaching and Learning Week 2015

  • Just in Time Teaching
  • “Live” options in online classes
  • The Flipped Classroom
  • Teaching Online in the Humanities
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Effective practices for teaching international students and many more!

Complete this brief proposal form by Friday, December 11, 2015 if you would like to suggest a topic for the Unconference. Visit the Teaching and Learning Week web page for more information about the Unconference and other Teaching & Learning Week events. You can also like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates from the OTL.

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