"Collaborations for Empowerment & Learning" - May 29-30, 2014
CTDLC E-Learning Pre-Conference - May 28, 2014

Join us for the 13th Annual Summer Conference!
Innovative Pedagogy & Course Redesign
at Fairfield University (May 29 - 30, 2014)
E3: Engagement, Empowerment & E-Learning Conference (May 28, 2014)

Brochure | Call for Proposals | Schedule | Program | Registration | Lodging | Pre-Conference | Featured Presenters


Our thirteenth 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 meaningfulness and impact of our work as educators and scholars. Welcome to our beautiful campus, and to our time together as colleagues and friends.

Call for Proposals - now through March 19!

Proposals submissions are to be made via email to cae@fairfield.edu through March 19, 2014. 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.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014
E3 eLearning Conference in collaboration with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium.
(note: additional registration fee will apply)

8 - 8:45 a.m.  Breakfast & Registration
8:45 - 9 a.m.  Welcome
9 - 10:15 a.m.  Keynote with Dr. Rob Robison
10:15 - 10:30 a.m.  Break
10:30 - 11:20 a.m.  Session 1
11:30 - 12:20 p.m.  Session 2
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch
1:40 - 2:30 p.m.  Session 3
2:40 - 3:30 p.m.  Session 4

Thursday, May 29, 2014

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Registration, check-in
8 - 9 a.m.  Welcome Breakfast
9:15 - Noon  Interactive Keynote session with Dr. Peter Felten
Noon - 1 p.m.  Networking Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.  Concurrent sessions
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Concurrent sessions
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.  Concurrent sessions
5 - 6:15 p.m.  Poster session & Reception
6:30 - 8 p.m.  Dinner

 Friday, May 30, 2014

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Registration, check-in
8 - 9 a.m.  Breakfast
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.  Concurrent sessions
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Concurrent sessions
11:45 - 12:45 p.m.  Networking Lunch
1 - 2 p.m.  Concurrent sessions
2:15 - 4:15 p.m.  Interactive Plenary with Dr. Katie Linder
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.  Raffle give-away

Conference Registration & Fees

Conference (May 29 - 30) registration includes:

  • participation in all sessions and events
  • conference materials
  • meals: 2 morning coffee/tea and light breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, daily afternoon refreshment breaks

Registration Fees
for 2014:

Pre-Conference: May 28
1-day CTDLC E3 Conference
Registration Fee

Conference May 29 - 30
Registration Fee

Individual $75 ($65 for CTDLC members) $300
Group rate* $75 ($65 for CTDLC members) $275

*Group rate for 2 or more registrants from the same institution.

Cancellation policy

There is a $50 fee for all cancellations. Requests for refunds to cae@fairfield.edu will be accepted until May 12. Deadline strictly observed. Substitutions are welcome.

Payment Process

Online: registration and payment with a credit card through TouchNet.

By mail: registration and payment by check. Complete the registration form and mail to:

Center for Academic Excellence
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

On-campus Housing

On-campus suite-style housing available for an additional fee:

Housing Rates for 2014 Single Room
per night
Double Room
per night
Includes private bath, linens, and toiletry pack $75 $55

On-campus housing: 42 Bellarmine Road within walking distance of the Dolan School of Business where the main conference sessions will take place.

Other accommodations

Numerous hotels provide lodging options in and around the Fairfield University area. View a listing of hotels.

Travel information

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

Fairfield University is accessible via transportation from New York area and Hartford / New Haven, CT.

E3: Engagement, Empowerment & E-Learning Conference (pre-Conference): May 28

This one-day conference will be held on May 28 in partnership with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), Fairfield University's Office of Academic Computing, and the Center for Academic Excellence. For more information on the E3 eLearning conference and the call for proposals, please visit the conference website.

Featured E3 Conference Presenter: May 28

R Robinson, CAE speaker‌Dr. Rob Robinson is a Principal Strategist at Blackboard, where he focuses on strategic consulting engagements in higher education and online program management.

Prior to coming to Blackboard in early 2012, Rob served as Assitant Vice Provost for Educational Technology at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he led online and hybrid course development and supported faculty and staff across the institution. From 1999 until 2010, Rob was a key leader with the University of Texas TeleCampus, a large-scale, System-wide organization supporting fully online degree programs, many of which were inter-institutional collaborative programs. Prior to that, Rob spent many years working in various technology roles within higher education institutions. He has consulted with organizations as diverse as the University of Missouri System, Troy University, and UC Berkeley Extension regarding the organization and management of large-scale online programs. Rob was also the Principal Investigator of the TxLOR, a statewide learning object repository for Texas.

Rob holds a BS and a Ph.D. from UT Austin and an MBA from St. Edward's University. He is currently chairs Board of Directors for the President of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and is immediate past President of that organization. From 2008 to 2012, he chaired the Distance Education Advisory Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the State of Texas.

CAE Conference Featured presenters

The 2014 conference (May 29 - 30) will feature two invited presentations. Featured presenters include: Dr. Peter Felten (Elon University, NC) and Dr. Katie Linder (Suffolk University). More information about these presenters and their sessions available below.

Interactive Keynote | Plenary

Interactive Keynote Presentation: May 29
"Partnering with Students"

Research demonstrates the importance of student engagement in learning. Faculty and colleges encourage that in diverse ways, including everything from undergraduate research to writing-intensive and community-based courses. What happens when we go further, inviting students to join us in pedagogical planning and in research into how undergraduates learn? This interactive session will explore practical questions about and approaches to student-faculty partnerships in teaching and learning.

Presenter: Dr. Peter Felten
P Felten
Dr. Peter Felten
is assistant provost, executive director of the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning and of the Center for Engaged Learning, and associate professor of history at Elon University in the United States. He has published widely on engaged learning, academic development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning, including most recently Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2013). In Spring 2014 his co-authored book Engaging Students as Partners in Teaching and Learning will be published by Jossey-Bass.

Plenary Session: May 30
"Helping Students Learn in an Age of Digital Distraction"

Our students are inundated with an overwhelming amount of information each day as they navigate social media, peruse various websites, listen to the radio, read print media, and flip through innumerable television channels. Unfortunately, very little of this information is directly connected by our students to their interactions with us in the classroom. In this session, we will explore how to break through the cognitive overload that our students experience on a daily basis and discuss how we can help our students develop effective strategies for learning in the midst of this Age of Digital Distraction.

Presenter: Dr. Katie Linder
K Linder
Dr. Katie Linder
is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Katie's mission is to help those in the higher education community (including students, faculty, staff, and administrators) thrive on their pathways to academic and scholarly success. Katie frequently consults with and presents to faculty, administrators, and graduate students on topics such as teaching tips and techniques, strategies to increase scholarly productivity, best practices in academic administration and leadership, and achieving work/life balance.

Katie earned her BA in English Literature from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and her MA and PhD in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include cultural studies of education, academic writing development, and faculty development. Some of her recent articles can be found in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development; Red Feather: An International Journal of Children's Visual Culture; and the Journal on Centers for Teaching and Learning.