2017 Conference

Theme for 2017: “Teaching in the 21st Century”

Our keynote speaker on Feb. 16 will be Mary-Ann Winkelmes:

Transparent Assignments That Promote Equitable Opportunities for Your Students’ Success

UNLV Coordinator of Instruction Development and Research Mary-Ann Winkelmes poses August 13, 2014 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services) CLIENT: MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, NEWS CENTERTransparent teaching/learning practices make learning processes explicit while offering opportunities to foster students’ metacognition, confidence, and their sense of belonging in college in an effort to promote student success equitably. A 2016 publication identifies transparent assignment design as a replicable teaching intervention that significantly enhances students’ success, with greater gains for historically underserved students [Winkelmes et al, Peer Review, Spring 2016]. We’ll review the findings as well as educational research behind the concept of transparent teaching/learning in this session.

About Dr. Winkelmes:

Mary-Ann Winkelmes is the founder and director of the Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Project, which promotes direct conversation between teachers and students about methods of teaching and learning, and helps faculty to share data on students’ learning across institutions and countries. The impact of this project on students’ learning has been the focus of publications in the National Teaching and Learning Forum, Project Information Literacy, the National Education Association’s Higher Education Advocate and AAC&U’s Liberal Education and Peer Review.

Dr. Winkelmes is presently Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research and an Associate Graduate Faculty member in the Department of History at the University Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where her aim is to promote teaching and learning initiatives, student success, faculty development and instructional research in all the University’s academic units. She is a Senior Fellow of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and a partner in the AAC&U’s LEAP project—Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning.



Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, February 15

  • 1:00 – Registration opens
  • 2:00 – Pre-conference workshops (free). Tracks include Science of Learning and Flipped Classroom Best Practices
  • 5:00 – Cash Bar
  • Dinner on  your own

Thursday, February 16

  • 8:00 – Conference breakfast
  • 9:00 – Opening address
  • 9:30 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 12:00 – Conference lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 3:00 – Plenary address
  • 4:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 5:00 – Cash Bar
  • Dinner on your own

Friday, February 17

  • 8:00 – Conference breakfast
  • 9:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 12:00 – Conference lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 4:30 – Anchor plenary session
  • 5:00 – Adjourn

Full Agenda

Click here to download the full agenda with detailed titles and descriptions. Note: times are still tentative and may be changed.

Conference Materials

Mary Dixson

Kathleen Bastedo and Sue Bauer

Tommi Barrett-Greenly and Nancy Swenson



Conference Registration

Registration was $250/person (note: all attendees and presenters were required to pay the full conference registration, which helped support the cost of meeting rooms and catering).


Conference Hotel

Located directly on the white sand beach, the Sirata Beach Resort enjoys unparalleled views of the Gulf of Mexico (see http://www.sirata.com/). The group rate for our rooms will be $169/night for Feb. 15 and Feb. 16–this is a significant discount from the usual rate!

Participants may also book rooms at this same promotional rate for three days before the conference, and rooms may be booked for $194/night for three days after the conference. Parking will be free, but resort fees and taxes will apply.

Click here to download the Sirata Beach Resort room reservation form (now defunct), print it out, complete the required fields, and return directly to the Sirata Beach Resort (groups@sirata.com). This is the only method to lock in the conference rate; regular room rates will be higher!

Note that reservations must be made by January 16, 2017 to enjoy our discounted room rate!



Local Restaurants

There are three restaurants within the hotel itself:

Even if you do not have a car, there are numerous places to eat dinner within a ten-minute walk:


Nearby Attractions

There are numerous attractions worthy of note within a short drive. The beach itself is steps away – no car needed for that one!

Typical drive times from the conference venue to the attractions are listed.

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©2016 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL



Call for Papers

Participants from all sectors of higher education are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations and posters related to contemporary challenges in college teaching. Topics may include managing the roles of technologies for teaching, applying the science of learning in the classroom, engaging students through game-based learning and gamification, teaching for empowerment and inclusion, incorporating transparency in teaching, and exploring the role/s of faculty in promoting and assessing student success.

Proposal submission ended on December 6, 2016.