Learning Through Research

ISSoTL 2016

Call for In Their Own Words Workshop Presentations

Pre-ISSOTL CUR Symposium

October 12, 2016

This workshop is designed to facilitate dialogue between the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Undergraduate Research (UR) communities to explore how our two communities of practice can inform and enrich one another’s respective missions.  Brief presentations by presenters will play a key role in this symposium.  Presenters are invited to make brief (2-3 minute presentations) about undergraduate research, SoTL or the intersection between the two.  Presenters will be asked to provide a take-away handout or poster that will be shared on-line with workshop participants. 

We are interested in presentations that align with the expected outcomes of the workshop:

  • A raised awareness of how SoTL practice can enhance the efficacy of UR programs
  • A raised awareness of how engaging UR collaborators can provide unique and critical insights to SoTL projects
  • The sharing and showcasing of effective practice in UR and SoTL
  • The facilitation of networks of faculty and students interested in the nexus between UR and SoTL
  • Practical advice for how participants can
    • improve the efficacy of UR programs on their home campuses;
    • infuse SoTL approaches in their work on their home campuses; and
    • engage undergraduates as co-inquirers in SoTL activities.

Draft program (as of April 14, 2016)

9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome & Framing the Day

9:15 – 10:00 am

Plenary 1: What We Know About Student Learning from UR (SoTL on UR)

10:00 – 10:30 am

In Their Own Words: Faculty Talks on UR

10:30 – 10:45 am


10:45 – 11:15 am

In Their Own Words: Student Panel and Vine

11:15 – 12:00 am

Plenary 2: How to Get Started in SoTL

12:00 – 12:45 am


12:45 – 1:15 pm

In Their Own Words: Faculty Talks on SoTL

1:15 – 1:55 pm

Workshop 1: Using SoTL Approaches to Improve UR Programs

1:55 – 2:35 pm

Workshop 2: Infusing UR Students into SoTL Projects

2:35 – 3:00 pm

Pre-identified Participant/Discussants Provide Summative Observations


Call for Presentations

In Their Own Words presenters will be given the opportunity to present a key idea or share an example related to mentoring undergraduate research, SOTL, or the intersection between the two.  Presenters will have six to nine PowerPoint slides to present their key ideas.  The slideshow will be timed so each slide is shown for 20 seconds before advancing automatically – thus the entire presentation is only 2-3 minutes.  Only one author will make the presentation. 

Each presenter is also expected to prepare a poster or a handout with key take away points to be uploaded to an on-line repository and shared with other workshop participants.  During the afternoon workshops on Using SoTL Approaches to Improve UR Programs and Infusing UR Students into SoTL projects, presenters will be expected to further share their ideas with other workshop participants.  Note:  there will be no posters on display during the workshop, but presenters are encouraged to bring copies of their poster or handout with them to the workshop. 

To be considered for an In Their Own Words presentation, please submit a 250-350 word abstract by July 22, 2016 to cur@cur.org.  Submissions should include: Title, Author(s), Name of Institution, Abstract, and 3-5 Keywords. 

Notifications of acceptance to the CUR-ISSOTL pre-conference will be sent by August 3, 2016. 

Digital poster or handout and presentation slides should be sent to submit@cur.org by September 26, 2016. 


Technical requirements

Document should be sent in Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx format) or Adobe .pdf format.  Document should be no larger than 2MB as .ppt, .pptx, or .pdf.  File name should be in the following format: ISSOTLFirstAuthorLastNameFirstInitial with no spaces or special characters.  Documents should be submitted via email attachment to submitSubmit@cur.org by September 26, 2016 and include ISSOTL Poster in the Subject line. 


CUR-ISSoTL 2016 pre-conference planning committee

Amelia Ahern-Rindell, University of Portland
Susan Larson, Concordia College-Moorhead
Trent Maurer, Georgia Southern University
Kelly McConnaughay, Bradley University
Paul Miller, Elon University
CUR National Office contacts
Elizabeth Ambos, Jeffrey Johnson

Cancellation Policy

In general the cancellation deadline is thirty days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted.  Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office at cur@cur.org prior to the cancellation deadline will receive a full refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after the cancellation deadline. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge, but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee.

Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the National Office.

CUR always suggests that their registrants purchase low-cost travel insurance when booking their air reservations. Not only will this insurance cover your airfare in the event of cancellation but will also cover the registration cost for the meeting you were to attend.