The 24th annual Facet Associate Faculty and Lecturer Conference (FALCON)

November 15-16, 2019

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis

Maximizing Opportunity: Helping Students Where They Are 

In higher education, we want the entry to the classroom to be democratic and the exit to lead to meaningful lives. And in alignment with the former, our classes are filled with a wide variety of students, coming to us with successes and failures, trials and tribulations, moods, longer and shorter attention spans, differing limits on working memory, large support systems, isolated, living with privilege, overcoming poverty, mainstream, marginalized, healthy, ill, and on and on. This diversity is what we want, and it presents great challenges and great opportunity for learning.

To maximize learning, educational psychology tells us we want to teach in our students’ “zone of proximal development.” We have challenges to teach in this zone. Here are a few:

  • Our students all differ in their development
  • Teaching methodologies may fail to reveal what our students’ know, especially on an ongoing basis
  • The classroom environment may shut down students, cause stereotype threat, increased marginalization, or confusion
  • We are experts, prone to the curse of knowledge, the inability to see concepts through the novice’s eyes
  • Assumptions about student preparation regarding content, technological know-how, or access to resources are often wrong
  • Our students’ lives are real and can demand their attention…

But methods to overcome these challenges have been studied. These methods happen at the campus level, at the course design level, and in day-to-day teaching and learning.  This leads to our theme at this year’s FALCON: Maximizing Opportunity: Helping Students Where They Are.

Call for Proposals

FALCON provides professional development and networking for associate faculty and lecturers. In addition to plenary keynotes, there are one-hour concurrent sessions relating to the 2019 conference theme.

Please submit your propsal for any of these areas of emphasis: 

  • Teaching in an Increasingly Digital Environment
  • High Impact Practices
  • Equity & Inclusion for Students of Different Backgrounds and Experiences 
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Use of Elements of Teaching.IU
  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning 

Deadline for submission: March 15, 2019 

Submit your Proposal Here

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