Improving Student Learning
April 24, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The ITL Conference welcomed more than 150 members of the instructional community. If you were unable to join us for the day, please take a look at the videos of the morning plenary panel session, moderated by Dr. June Ahn, and the luncheon keynote presentation delivered by Dr. Timothy McKay.

Conference presenters have also been invited to contribute copies of their presentations. Please see the conference Abstracts page to access those contributions.

The Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference brings the University of Maryland community together to discuss how we support and improve student learning. Whether you are developing innovative pedagogical approaches or applying known ones, deeply integrating technology or relying on paper and human contact. This conference provides an opportunity for the entire university instructional community, from teaching graduate assistants to distinguished university professors to learn from one another and to reflect on how we can improve student learning on campus.

UMD has a renewed focus on teaching and learning. The APT process is being changed to require teaching portfolios and peer evaluations for promotion. The new Edward St. John facility is being built in the center of campus and will house classrooms designed to support active teaching of more than 10,000 students a day. Along with the development of the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center that will eventually be housed in this facility, the campus focus on improving student success is clear. We want to see students learn more in their courses, and to do so with a smaller achievement gap between student subgroups. We want to see more opportunity for those who had less experience before they got to campus. And we want to see more challenges for those who are excelling. We want to see more students graduate, and to do so in four years. We want students to be excited about learning and to take their learning skills with them wherever they go.

We regret that the previously scheduled slate of pre-conference workshops on Thursday, April 23 have been cancelled due to under-enrollment. We hope to find other venues in the coming months in which workshop presenters will be able to share their content.