2024 Teaching and Learning Conference

Teaching and Learning Conference 2024

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The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) warmly invites the instructional community to the 2nd Annual Teaching and Learning Conference on Friday, May 3, 2024 at the International House.

This event aims to foster a community of colleagues engaged in effective teaching and learning on our campus and present model cases of educators experimenting with a diverse range of teaching and learning strategies in UC Berkeley classrooms.

CTL is accepting presentation proposals from all members of the UC Berkeley teaching and learning community, including, but not limited to, Senate and non-Senate faculty, instructional staff, Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs), and Undergraduate Student Instructors (UGSIs). If you interact with instructors or students in any capacity, we would love to hear your experience and lessons learned on supporting teaching and learning.

CTL reviewers will also be prioritizing presentations and teaching demonstrations that include graduate and undergraduate students as co-presenters. Given our focus on inclusive teaching, we are eager to hear how instructors interpret inclusivity in the classroom, but we also believe it can be profound to hear and amplify how these bids for inclusivity are received by students.

2024 Conference Theme

For this event, our theme is “Inclusive Teaching is Effective Teaching: Sharing Inclusive Teaching Strategies to Advance Equity.” Some examples of questions that proposals might address include:

  • What does inclusive teaching look like

    • in your classroom and/or discipline as an instructor OR student?

    • in the ways you support instructors to enhance students’ learning and experiences?

  • As an educator or student, what skills did you find yourself needing to develop or refine in order to cultivate an inclusive environment?

  • How have you (re)discovered and sustained your commitment to inclusive teaching?

  • How do you assess student learning in ways that recognize and affirm multiple voices and perspectives?

  • How do you use technology to cultivate an inclusive classroom environment?

  • When and how do you go beyond inclusive teaching to support your peers, students, or instructors?

Proposals in alignment with this theme may be especially competitive, but we will consider any and all submitted presentation proposals.

Key Dates and Deadlines



January 22, 2024

Proposal submission window opens

March 13, 2024

Proposals must be received by 11:59 PM PT on this date to be reviewed

April 2, 2024

Decisions on selected proposals will be announced

April 15, 2024

Deadline to register to attend the conference

May 3, 2024 

Teaching and Learning Conference at International House

Keynote Speaker

Abigail De Kosnik photoAbigail De Kosnik has been named this year's Teaching & Learning Conference Keynote Speaker. Dr. De Kosnik is an Associate Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS), and an affiliated faculty member of Gender & Women’s Studies, Film & Media, and Folklore. She researches histories and theories of new media, film and television, social media, fan studies, piracy studies, cultural memory, and archive studies. She is particularly interested in how issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and transnationalism intersect with new media studies and performance studies.

De Kosnik’s book Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom(link is external) was published by MIT Press in 2016. She is the co-editor (with Keith Feldman) of the essay collection #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation(link is external) (University of Michigan Press, 2019), and the co-editor, with Sam Ford and C. Lee Harrington, of the edited essay collection “The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era” (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). She has published articles on media fandom, popular digital culture, and performance studies in Third TextJCMS (Journal of Cinema and Media Studies)The International Journal of CommunicationModern DramaTransformative Works and CulturesVerge: Studies in Global AsiasPerformance Research, and elsewhere. She is the 2020-2025 craigslist Distinguished Chair in New Media. She has won four awards for teaching, advising, and mentoring at UC Berkeley, including the campus’s highest honor for instruction, the Distinguished Teaching Award. She is the Principal Investigator of the Media Education Research Lab (MERL), which evaluates and reviews diverse representation in films and television series, and measures and maps online media piracy.

De Kosnik is currently writing a book on media piracy in the U.S. by queer and BIPOC users tentatively titled Minority Piracy. She is faculty co-organizer of The Color of New Media, a working group that focuses on the overlap of critical race theory, gender and women’s studies, and transnational studies with new media studies (sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender with additional support from BCNM). De Kosnik is Filipina American.

Education: Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies (home department: Radio/Television/Film), Northwestern University; B.A. in Modern Thought and Literature and M.A. in Humanities/English Literature, Stanford University

Registration Information

Registration is open to all members of the UC Berkeley teaching and learning community, including, but not limited to, Senate and non-Senate faculty, instructional staff, Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs), and Undergraduate Student Instructors (UGSIs).

Participation in this event is free of charge, but registration is required. We kindly request that you only register for the event if you can attend, as the capacity of the venue is limited. Register by Monday, April 15, 2024.

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Submitting a Proposal and Presentation Formats

Submitting a Proposal

Selection Criteria

Presentation proposals will be evaluated based on the following required criteria:

  • Thematic Alignment. Does the proposal respond to one or more of the guided questions posed with the conference theme?

  • Impact. How will the presentation plan to address or describe the impact of one or more teaching strategies on student learning or experiences?

  • Relevance. Does the presentation apply to a diverse range of disciplines, class formats, and student needs or interests?

  • Equity and Inclusion. How does the presentation serve and support instructors and/or students from excluded and underrepresented communities?

Presentation Formats

Proposals will be accepted for the following presentation formats:

  • Teaching & Learning Talks. Presenters who select this format will be expected to offer 30-minute conventional oral presentations to a group of attendees. Presenters will be expected to describe a teaching strategy and articulate its impact on student learning or learning experiences. Presenters are encouraged to design sessions that are interactive and hold the last 10-minutes of their time for questions from the audience.

  • Teaching Demonstrations. Presenters who select this format will have the opportunity to enact or practice an innovative teaching strategy four times (in successive 15-minute rounds) with small groups of attendees. Presenters should be prepared to share an example of a teaching strategy, which may include a demonstration, handout, or resource. The goal of these teaching demonstrations is two-fold: for attendees to add to their repertoires of innovative teaching practices, and for presenters to receive reflective feedback on what they have shared.

Proposal Eligibility and Process

All UC Berkeley community members are eligible to submit a proposal to present. 

Proposals consist of a title, author list, and abstract and presentation abstract describing the focus of the presentation (100 words or less). Proposals will also include a presentation description that identifies how components of the presentation meet each of the four evaluation criteria (300 words or less).

If you have questions regarding this conference or ideas for your proposal, please consult with the Center for Teaching & Learning (teaching@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)). Proposals are due Wednesday, March 13, 2024.