2018 PACE Teaching & Learning Conference


TLC18 will be held on the campus of SHSU (in the CHSS and LSC buildings) on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 from 8:00am to 3:30pm. All instructors, including tenure-track faculty, adjunct and clinical faculty, graduate Teaching Assistants, and teaching staff, are welcome. Instructors from all other institutions of higher learning in the region are also welcome and come and share ideas and strategies. The goal of the conference is to gather a community of practice to improve university teaching, with the ultimate goal of enhancing student learning and success.

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We are proud to announce that our Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Claire Howell Major, from the University of Alabama. Dr. Major’s research interests are in the areas of faculty work, pedagogical approaches, technology for teaching, and online learning. She has authored and co-authored several books, including Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley published by Jossey-Bass), Online learning: A guide to theory, research, and practice (published by Johns Hopkins University Press), Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Learning Activities to put Students on the Path to Success (with Todd Zakrajsek [our keynote speaker from TLC16] and Michael Harris published by Routledge) and Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty (second education, with Elizabeth Barkley and Pat Cross, published by Jossey-Bass). Dr. Major is an expert researcher in teaching and learning, and a well-known national speaker.

Official Schedule of Events

Session Title & Time Presenter Location

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:45am

CHSS Concourse Lobby

Welcome & Introduction

8:45am - 9:00pm


Keynote: Dr. Claire Major

Teaching for Learning: Choosing and Using High-Impact Instructional Strategies

9:00am - 10:20am

Keynote Infographic

Concurrent Session A

10:30am - 11:20am

CHSS Floor 2

A1: Assessing for Learning: Using Active Learning Techniques to Promote and Assess Significant Learning

Claire Major



Quick Reference

A2: Introductory Manufacturing Process Course based on an Educational Mobil Inverted Pendulum (MIP) Robot Junkin Ma & Keith Coogler Slides
A3: “Can I Arrest the King?” Immersive Role Playing in Undergraduate Instruction
A4: Online Learning – Engaged Content Delivery & Innovative Assignments Paul Eaton & Ricardo Montelongo



A5: Human-Centered Curriculum Design
A6: Graduate Education at SHSU: The Big Picture

Lunch & Panel Discussion: Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

11:30am - 1:00pm

LSC Ballroom

Concurrent Session B

1:15pm - 2:05pm

CHSS Floor 2
B1: Effective Online Graduate Education
B2: Incorporating High Impact Research for Undergraduates: A First Introduction to the Research Process for Novice Students
Emma Bullock,
Lisa Van Raalte, Recayl Pecen, Audrey Murfin 


Pecen Slides

Van Raalte Slides

Bullock Slides

B3: Effective Course Design & Its Impact on Improving Student Motivation Enrique Mallen Slides
B4: Technology Enhanced Mandatory Recitation Sessions for STEM Courses
B5: Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics: What is it? Brian Loft Slides
B6: Helping Students Maximize Academic Success Center Resources

Concurrent Session C

2:15pm - 3:05 pm

CHSS Floor 2
C1: Mentoring Graduate Students and Teaching Assistant Training
C2: Using Voice and Choice to Improve Student Motivation – Looking at Manageable Differentiation and Rubrics

Rebecca Wentworth,

Lisa Brown,

Jaime Mireles

C3: The Adventures of Megaclass: Using Client-based Projects in a Large Writing Classroom
C4: Team-Based Learning: Increase Student Engagement, Motivation, and Success
C5: Try, Try Again: a Specifications Based Grading System
C6: Report from the Front in the War on Cramming

Wrap-Up Session: Dr. Claire Major

*Door prizes and giveaways*

3:15pm - 4:00 pm


Sessions in red indicate the Graduate Teaching Track, intended for instructors of graduate level courses (not graduate teaching assistants).