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Teaching Matters

Teaching Matters

“Quality and Affordability in Education”

16th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

Thursday and Friday, March 8-9, 2018

About the Conference

Teaching Matters is celebrating its sixteenth annual interdisciplinary conference in 2018 at Gordon State College on its main campus (Barnesville, Georgia).  Presentations/discussions will focus on innovative and creative pedagogical methods, approaches to various texts and/or concepts, and theories. The conference is open to all of those who have a passion for pedagogy; conference presentations are designed so that educators can share ideas and strategies that promote student success, student engagement, and active learning. 

About this year's theme

In recent years, there has been a move toward affordability in education - from all levels of government, college and university administrations, educators, students, and families.  Indeed, just in the last decade, textbook costs have increased by over 80% and student debt continues to grow.  While this push is understandable with the rising costs of education and the necessity of education for gainful employment, there are also concerns about what affordability means for quality in education.  Educators strive to provide the highest quality instruction possible, but financial constraints can make that seem unachievable.  It is important for educators to continually work together to explore various modes of promoting quality and affordability, whether it be application of pedagogical theories, implementing teaching techniques, or using educational technology.  Therefore, "Quality and Affordability in Education" provides a broad platform for educators to share innovative ways they provide quality affordable education.  Of course, we also encourage proposals not directly related to the theme.

 

Potential topics could include, but are not limited to the following:

Measuring and assessing quality in education

Defining affordable education

Incorporating affordable technology in the classroom

Using Open Educational Resources (OER)

Recognizing students' needs for affordability

Translating course evaluation feedback into quality and affordability

Affordability and access to education

 

Please note there will be a $50 early registration fee, and all participants are responsible for their own expenses.  Direct any questions to the CETL Director, Dr. Anna Higgins-Harrell at a_higgins@gordonstate.edu.

All proposals are due January 5, 2018.  Proposals will undergo peer review.  Please download and complete the submission form.  Then, send completed individual and panel proposals to TeachingMatters@gordonstate.edu.