Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL)

Upcoming Events

CSU Chico
October 6-7, 2016
Proposal Deadline: Friday, May 13, 2016, 5pm

CSU, Chico’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching invites proposals for its 22nd annual conference on learning and teaching. Changes in student demographics, community needs, and relationships between institutions of higher learning prompt consideration of what it means to teach and learn in today’s California.

Proposals are welcomed from students, educators, and administrators from California’s K-12 system, community colleges, and universities in the following areas:

  • Civic engagement and service learning
  • Diversity, first-generation, and low-income students
  • Setting high expectations and maintaining academic challenge
  • Utilizing technology to meet student needs
  • Teaching and learning at a Hispanic Serving Institution
  • Linking learning to real-world interest and long-term goals
  • Fostering a sense of belonging in the classroom and beyond
  • Building relationships across institutions
  • Connecting coursework with local and regional communities
  • Other innovative pedagogical research and practice

Submit proposals online by Friday, May 13, at 5pm.

For additional information, contact Zach Justus.

Cal State LA
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Los Angeles is a fast-paced, culturally diverse city with a multitude of opportunities and problems. These qualities make it an ideal focus for classroom activities in any discipline, allowing students to grasp difficult concepts through real-world examples, as well as fostering their sense of civic engagement.

This first LAB Symposium is for anyone who currently teaches, or will teach, in colleges and universities in the Basin. Symposium participants will gain:

  • Practical information about LA-based learning
  • Discipline-specific ideas to incorporate into courses
  • Contacts from across Los Angeles with similar pedagogical interests

If you currently incorporate Los Angeles into your curriculum or would like ideas about how to do so, please plan on attending.

Sample Los Angeles-based projects:

  • Inspired by the gas leak in Porter Ranch, students in an engineering class are calculating the contribution of pollution release from fossil fuels and utilities to air quality in a surrounding neighborhood.
  • Students in a criminal justice class are working in groups to investigate a crime problem in Los Angeles. Students will examine the problem from the angles of law enforcement, legal policies, media, social services, and the community.
  • Geography students are traveling to the Los Angeles Public Library to study rare historical maps of Los Angeles. They will compare these early plans for the city with the current urban landscape.

The event is free, but registration is required. College and university educators in the Los Angeles basin are invited to attend.

Register by May 11. Questions? Contact Beth Hoffman, the symposium coordinator.

Promoting Student Success through Innovation, Creativity, Diversity, & Teamwork
San José State University, October 21 & 22, 2016

For nearly two decades, faculty, staff and students from throughout the California State University system have gathered each spring to share research findings, pedagogical innovations and best practices and to engage in collegial conversation about ways to "reach and teach" the students we serve.

San José State University will host the symposium, which was originally scheduled to take place in the spring, on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22. The format and general agenda will be the same as initially set forth. Registration will reopen on May 15, 2016.

The 19th Annual Symposium will include pre-conference workshops on the first day and paper presentations, poster sessions, lightning talks, and a keynote address on the second. Topic strands include diversity, high-impact educational practices, innovative collaborations, resilience, technology, and CSU-supported curriculum development and redesign.

For additional Information, visit the conference website or contact Gina Marin.

Recent Events

Creative Uses of Technology in the Classroom, Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona’s fourth annual POLYTEACH event was held on April 29, 2016, highlighting creative ways that faculty and students use technology in the classroom. Dr. Diana Oblinger, President Emeritus of EduCause, delivered the keynote.

Getting Students to Participate, Cal Poly Pomona

The Faculty Center at Cal Poly Pomona presented a special workshop with Dr. Stephen Brookfield on Getting Students to Participate in Class on February 19, 2016.

Changing the Way You Teach, CSU Northridge

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek presented a learner-centered keynote, "Three Research-Based Findings and Two Activities That Will Change the Way You Teach," at CSU Northridge on February 16, 2016.

CSU Faculty Presentations at Lilly Newport Beach

Fourteen CSU faculty members, representing five campuses, were among the presenters at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning in Newport Beach, California, February 18-21, 2016.

Lilly conferences around the country attract faculty from a variety of disciplines who enjoy learning from one another about innovative approaches to university teaching.


The 18th Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching was held March 13 & 14, 2015, at Cal State L.A.

The theme was GRIT: Exploring Perseverance, Mindset and Character in the Classroom.

Keynote speakers were Dr. Rachel Beattie, Director of Productive Persistence at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, California, and Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Both are engaged in compelling research that gets to the heart of how students learn best and stay in school. They shared proven approaches to increasing student engagement and rates of persistence at a practical, hands-on symposium.

The CSU Symposium on University Teaching is organized each year by the CSU Faculty Development Council with support from The Institute for Teaching and Learning. Each year the symposium enables faculty from across the CSU to engage with nationally-recognized leaders in higher education and share innovative practices with one another.

The 18th annual symposium at Cal State LA in 2015 was a resounding success. Faculty from 18 of the 23 campuses in the CSU submitted proposals, and a record 385 faculty and students from 21 of the 23 CSU campuses and 14 other California colleges and universities attended the two-day event.

Suggestions for other events or areas of faculty development that you believe ITL should consider supporting can be sent to the director.

Last Updated: June 08, 2016