"Collaborations for Empowerment & Learning" - May 26, 2016

CTDLC pre-conference - May 25, 2016

15th Annual Summer Conference
on Innovative Pedagogy & Course Redesign
at Fairfield University!

Center for Academic Excellence - Borden photoThis one-day conference will be held on May 26 at Fairfield University. The featured keynote presentation‌ will be given by Dr. Jeff Borden. Learn more about Dr. Borden and his interactive keynote below.

Our fifteenth Annual Conference celebrates and showcases excellence and innovations in all areas of teaching, faculty support and development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community-engaged teaching and scholarship.

We see this annual conference as an opportunity to learn from each other, to build connections and collaborations, and to reflect upon the meaning and impact of our work as educators and scholars.

We welcome you to Fairfield University's beautiful campus, and to our time together as colleagues and friends.

Please join us for a pre-conference on May 25, 2016 in collaboration with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC).

Call for Proposals | Schedule at-a-Glance | Registration | Travel Information | Lodging | Keynote Presenter

Call for proposals - through March 1, 2016

Proposals submissions are to be made via email to cae@fairfield.edu through March 1, 2016. All proposals will be evaluated using a blind-review process. Detailed information about the session types, topic areas, guidelines for submission, submission process are included in the Call for Proposals. Click here to learn view the proposal review criteria

Schedule At-a-Glance

8:15 - 9:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:15 - 9:30 Welcome and Introductions
9:30 - 10:45 Interactive Keynote Presentation
Dr. Jeff Borden
11:00 - 12:00 Concurrent Session 1
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 Concurrent Session 2
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:45 Concurrent Session 3
4:00 - 5:00 Poster Session

Conference Registration



May 25, 2016

Early Bird Fee
15th Annual
through April 25

Registration Fee
15th Annual
after April 25


$80 (non-member)
$70 (member)

$125 $150
Student $80 (non-member)
$70 (member)
$50 $75

Cancellation policy
There is a $50 fee for all cancellations. Requests for refunds to cae@fairfield.edu will be accepted until May 11, 2016. Deadline strictly observed. Substitutions are welcome.


Participants have the option to register online and pay by credit card or register by mail and pay by check.

  • To register and pay by credit card - click here (you will be brought to a TouchNet page).
  • To register and pay by check (individual or institutional) - click here to download the PDF form to complete and mail in.

Travel information

Directions to campus.
All conference sessions held in the Dolan School of Business building on the campus of Fairfield University.


Hotel accommodations are available through the Best Western Blackrock Inn
Located at 100 Kings Highway Cutoff, Fairfield, CT 06824.

A conference rate is available for single queens at $99.99 and $119.99 for double queens.

  • To make a reservation: call the hotel at 1-866-922-ROCK
  • Mention the "Fairfield University Conference" group rate
  • Note: Limited rooms are available, so make your reservations soon!

‌2016 Featured Keynote Presenter: Dr. Jeff Borden

Dr. Jeff D Borden is the ‘Chief Innovation Officer’ at Saint Leo University.  For two decades, Jeff has focused on trying to transform higher education.  From 2002-2014, Jeff worked as a Vice President with eCollege which was acquired by Pearson Education, providing an academic vision and strategy that encompassed digital learning, neo-millennial instruction methods, authentic assessment, and beyond.    As the Center for eLearning Director, Jeff pursued rigorous research opportunities as he led the ‘think tank’ of educational innovation.  During that time Dr. Borden consulted with educators in every U.S. state, led transformative efforts in 34 countries, provided almost 100 keynote presentations to audiences of 100-10,000, and spoke with stakeholders from teachers to principals to college administrators to government officials.   Prior to his private sector work, Jeff taught full time at the University of Northern Colorado, Front Range Community College, and was the Coordinator of Public Speaking at Metropolitan State College of Denver.  At the same time, in twenty years, Dr. Borden has continued teaching Communication, Rhetoric, and Education classes at various levels – from technical schools to community colleges to state and private universities.

In Dr. Borden’s current role at Saint Leo (Associate VP of Learning Innovation and Academic Technology), he is creating a learning innovation incubator and promoting transformational and effective practices, at scale, that are research driven.   These strategies tie back to Jeff’s platform of “Education 3.0” – the confluence of neuroscience, learning design, and education technology.  Through this lens, Dr. Borden plans to use his extensive history consulting, teaching, and researching to provide a fertile bed of learning innovation.  Jeff continues to blog for Wired.com’s Innovation site, is asked to speak at numerous conferences each year, and promotes research / publications in Education, Technology, and Communication.

Blog: http://innovation.saintleo.edu | Twitter: @bordenj | Website: http://jeffpresents.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/prospeaker | Click here to see the Short-Film around Education 3.0 and the future of learning - “School of Thought” - that Jeff wrote and produced.

Interactive Keynote: May 26
"Education 3.0: Neuroscience + Learning Research + Education Technology"

‌Brain science shows us that how we typically use PowerPoint stinks.  It suggests that for some, learning should not be attempted before 10am while for others, learning should conclude by noon.  Cognitive research proves that listening to a lecture is the brain-equivalent of watching televised fishing.   Education technologists have produced social learning assets that not only cross over the walls of classrooms, but even the borders of countries for deeper, more engaging learning.

This highly interactive session will "Do, Show, Tell, Review, and Ask" as participants engage in pattern recognition, craft problems prior to solving them, collaborate in real-time to promote social learning, and employ other, immediately usable techniques for the classroom.  This presentation will focus on ways to create multi-nodal and multi-modal connections based on effective practices from practitioners around the globe, all of which could be categorized as Education 3.0.  Participants will be shown many examples of web assets and learning experiences (both in-person and eLearning) that promote social learning, transformative learning, game based learning, and learning based on cognitive science.  The audience will see and hear about how to create better (more authentic) MOOCs, simulation, curriculum integration events, authentic assessment, and problem based learning experiences within an eLearning framework.  Be sure to bring your devices as the session will encourage feedback, web-based experiences, and interaction.  Finally, participants will leave this presentation with multiple resources (learning games, web tools, apps, illustrations, etc) and opportunities for application immediately. 

Interactive Workshops: May 26

In addition to facilitating an interactive keynote presentation, Dr. Jeff Borden will host two workshops during the conference entitled: "Teach An Instructor To Digitally Fish and Feed Students For Life!" and "Creating a Culture of Learning Innovation." For session descriptions, please see the conference page on DigitalCommons@Fairfield.

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