Welcome!

The 2020 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference will bring together higher-education scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers in and beyond the state of Florida to share research, to discuss critical issues, and to promote opportunities for collaboration. The three-day event will feature a variety of session formats designed to encourage interaction and engagement. Sessions will raise awareness of emerging challenges, offer overviews of best practices, highlight research findings, and promote strategies for improving student and faculty success.

The 2020 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference will be held Jan. 29–Jan.31, 2020 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. This event is co-hosted by the University of South Florida (Tampa) and the University of Central Florida (Orlando).

 

Call for Papers

Participants from all sectors of higher education in and beyond the state of Florida are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations, workshops, and posters related to contemporary challenges in college teaching. Topics may include the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL); course redesign; active-learning strategies; technologies to support active learning; big data in higher education; engaging students in online environments; high-impact learning experiences; ensuring accessibility for all students; learning spaces; reflection and mindfulness; teaching in politically and socially complicated moments; exploring the role/s of faculty in promoting and assessing student success; and new frontiers in teaching and learning.

  • 15 minute research presentations
  • 30 minute application/sharing sessions
  • 60 minute workshops
  • Poster sessions will feature visual presentations on both research and programming topics

The call for papers ended on October 1, 2019.

 

Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, January 29

  • 11:00 – Registration opens
  • 12:00 – Opening buffet lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 5:00 – Adjourn
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, January 30

  • 8:00 – Buffet breakfast
  • 9:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 12:00 – Buffet lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 6:30 – Buffet Dinner

Friday, January 31

  • 8:00 – Buffet breakfast
  • 9:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 12:00 – Adjourn

 

Plenary

Christy Price, Professor, Dalton State College
Winner of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council of Advancement and Support of Education

Why Don’t My Students Think I’m Groovy? The New “R”s for Engaging Modern Learners

What factors influence student motivation and desire to learn?  Obviously, there are some influences beyond the professor’s control, but research in educational psychology suggests one thing we can do to increase student engagement is to create learning environments that are in some ways linked to, and supportive of, the current student culture.  During this session, we will briefly review the literature regarding the culture of students of today and apply the findings of the presenter’s research regarding modern learners (both our traditional age 18-24 and non-traditional learners age 25 and older).  We will specifically discuss the characteristics of ideal learning environments for modern learners, their preferences regarding assessments, their perceptions regarding the characteristics of the ideal professor, and their ideal institutional practices. Throughout the session, participants will engage in activities that will require them to reflect on their own teaching methods and/or institutional practices.  Open-ended questionnaires, check-lists, and video clips of faculty and students will be utilized in order to create personal action plans regarding practical steps we can take to meet the needs of modern learners.

 

Conference Registration

All attendees and presenters are required to pay the full conference registration, which helps support the cost of meeting rooms and catering. There are five buffet meals included with the registration.

  • Participant Early Bird Registration ($325), ending December 1, 2019: https://usf.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4ODHRYxU7ieM3b
  • The 2020 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference will bring together higher-education scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers in and beyond the state of Florida to share research, to discuss critical issues, and to promote opportunities for collaboration. The three-day event will feature a variety of session formats designed to encourage interaction and engagement. Sessions will raise awareness of emerging challenges, offer overviews of best practices, highlight research findings, and promote strategies for improving student and faculty success. The 2020 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference will be held Jan. 29-Jan 31, 2020 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. This event is cohosted by the University of South Florida (Tampa) and the University of Central Florida (Orlando). Your conference registration includes five meals: buffet lunch on 1/29 and 1/30, buffet breakfast on 1/30 and 1/31, and buffet dinner on 1/30.

 

Conference Hotel

Located in Daytona Beach, FL, The Shores Resort and Spa is nestled between the Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway and offers direct beach access, pristine Atlantic Ocean views, and plenty of beach fun for the whole family.

Discounted rates for the conference dates (as well as three days before or three days after) are available at $139/night (plus a $20 daily resort fee). Book these discounted rates here: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=17713&Chain=5433&arrive=1/29/2020&depart=1/31/2020&adult=1&child=0&group=2001SUNSHI

Important note: if you’re paying with a state-issued Purchasing Card (P-card), you cannot pay tax within Florida, and that link will always include tax. To pay by P-Card, call the hotel at (866) 934-7467, mention the Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference discount, and have your tax exempt certificate ready.

(Note: you’ll need to pay up front for the hotel; it’s not just a reservation)

Driving Directions and Transportation Options

The street address for The Shores is 2637 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118 (View on Google Maps).

The closest airport is the Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), which is about 25 minutes away by car. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is about 80 minutes away from the hotel by car.

The hotel does not have an airport shuttle. In addition to renting a car, your options could include a taxi or ride-share.