Innovation through Integration: Using Collaboration to Recharge, Renew, and Remain Sane 2019 Conference

Country: USA

City: West Hartford

Abstr. due: 03.05.2019

Dates: 16.10.19 — 18.10.19

Area Of Sciences: Pedagogy; Cultural science;

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Organizers: Atlantic Center for Learning Communities


The 19th annual Atlantic Center for Learning Communities (ACLC) Curriculum Planning Retreat will be held October 16-18, 2019, at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT. We are seeking proposals for workshops that fall within the general theme of “Innovation through Integration: Using Collaboration to Recharge, Renew, and Remain Sane.” Learning communities, integrative learning, and collaborative learning have long been high-impact practices on many college campuses, with various partnerships both on one’s own campus and beyond.  What now can we do to enliven these practices? To help rejuvenate faculty, staff, and administration involved in these practices?  To help avoid the burnout that comes from engaging in such intense programs consistently? In what ways can we help practitioners “recharge, renew, and remain sane” by seeking collaborations throughout their campuses and beyond their campuses and by finding ways to integrate various efforts to maximize student learning?


ACLC Retreat workshops are designed to be interactive, with the goal of providing participants with practical applications based on solid learning community research and principles. Workshops are offered in blocks of 90 or 120 minutes. Facilitators focus on sharing best practices and research from the field while engaging participants in active discussion and/or hands-on training. Participants should leave each workshop with a better understanding of a particular practice and with tools to take to their home institutions. Facilitators do not read papers or lecture to participants. Preference will be given to proposals submitted by representatives from more than one institution. Student participation in workshops is welcomed and encouraged. Proposals featuring student work/artifacts will be given special consideration.


We especially welcome proposals on the following topics:


Ø  Innovative ways of creating learning communities, integration, and collaboration

Ø  Collaboration among varied campus and community stakeholders

Ø  Faculty professional development and learning communities

Ø  Reimagining learning communities and integrative learning

Ø  Unconventional collaborations and innovations

Ø  Assessment in and of learning communities

Ø  Integration of disciplines and assignments in especially innovative ways

Ø  Student leadership and peer mentoring in learning communities


ACLC Retreat poster presentations highlight the success of learning communities and integrative learning by showcasing artifacts of successful learning community and integrative learning strategies. This can be a traditional or electronic poster presentation and may include practical and/or scholarly components, including videos of class activities and/or student presentations, samples of student work and assignments, etc. These will be shared during the Wednesday evening reception and will be displayed throughout the retreat.

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