$0 – $70

NEXT - New Explorations in Teaching Conference 2019

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



The University of Akron - Student Union

303 Carroll Street

Akron, Ohio 44325

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Event description


What is NEXT?

The New Explorations in Teaching (NEXT) Conference is an annual gathering at The University of Akron to share new ideas and explore innovative topics that support teaching in higher education.

New Explorations in Teaching

How do we create and sustain communities of practice that support teaching in higher education? NEXT answers this question by providing an annual conference where faculty, instructional designers, administrators and students gather to share ideas, resources, and a passion for innovation. NEXT is for all those interested in getting more out of what they do in higher education. Sessions and speakers address issues ranging from pedagogy to maker movements to educational technology and beyond. We invite you to share, collaborate, and learn about all the new ideas you and your colleagues have been exploring in the classroom.

NEXT 2019 Pre-Conference

Our pre-conference this year is "Pedagogy + MakerSpace." This workshop will highlight the connections between MakerSpace technology (e.g., 3D Printers, Virtual Reality, etc.) and teaching. Actual projects and practial applications from faculty will be shared. Lunch is included for pre-conference attendees. For more information please contact our pre-conference chair Maria Hawkins at mhawkins@uakron.edu

Request for Proposals

You are invited to submit a proposal of no more than 500 words for any of the formats listed below. The proposal submission deadline is November 30th, 2018.

  • Individual: In this 50-minute LEARN session, the speaker will present an aspect of their pedagogy or research.

  • Panel: In this 50-minute DISCUSS session, the speakers (maximum 3) will present research or pedagogical practices with the goal of opening discussion among panelists and session attendees.

  • Workshop: In this 50-minute CREATE session, the speaker(s) will lead attendees through a guided, hands-on activity.

  • Steal My Idea: In this 5-minute session, the speaker(s) will present a classroom practice, technology, or lesson that opens boundaries or breaks down barriers to education. Conference attendees will vote to determine the idea most worth stealing.

  • Poster Presentation (Graduate Student Only): In addition to the standard sessions, graduate students are invited to submit proposals for a poster presentation. Posters will be displayed in the lobby, and conference attendees will vote on the presentation that best addresses the conference theme.

To Submit a Proposal for a Presentation, click here.

Our Theme Tracks

  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

    • Research and strategies pertaining to teaching pedagogy, assessment, classroom technique, and overcoming classroom challenges

  • Educational Technologies

    • New ways of integrating technology into how we teach, and the sharing of technologies that can help enhance and increase learner engagement

  • Open Education

    • The issue of affordability with regards to classroom materials is at the forefront of many conversations within the State of Ohio and throughout the country. How are institutions addressing this, and how do you get started in creating open materials? This track will provide sessions that explores that very question.

  • Create & Make

    • In what ways can we integrate the creation of materials by students into our classrooms? We now have the ability to rapidly prototype designs and objects that help further our learners’ understanding of complex systems and objects. This track will explore what faculty and students are creating through processes such as 3D-printing and augmented reality.

Who Should Attend?


First and foremost, this conference is designed to share ideas amongst the faculty who are in the classrooms, engaging our learners. This is an opportunity to learn about the strategies we use to promote active learning, and overcome challenges that every educator encounters. This is a conference where we share both scholarship and practical applications of new technologies.


What are some of the statewide initiatives that are now being discussed at our individual institutions? Whether it is the cost of education and how it pertains to open educational resources, the implementation of competency-based education, or the need to promote Universal Design for Learners, these conversations will help inform the conversation on your campus.

Instructional Designers / Educational Technologists / Instructional Support Staff

What are the best ways to engage your faculty with professional development? What technologies do you recommend to faculty or promote for your learners? This conference will include numerous sessions that will provide resources for support staff to bring back to their institutions.

Graduate Students

Each year, we seek to provide opportunities for graduate students to get involved, to attend and present your research, and to join the conversation. The student voice is essential, and we invite you to contribute your thoughts to these important topics.


For more information regarding presentations and our call for proposals, please visit http://uakron.edu/next

Breakfast and lunch are included with all tickets.

Information about accomodations can be found at https://uakron.edu/next/travel

Share with friends

Date and Time


The University of Akron - Student Union

303 Carroll Street

Akron, Ohio 44325

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Save This Event

Event Saved