Geosciences Building at Southern Utah UniversityThe 6th Annual Teaching for Learning Conference

Looking Forward, Thinking Forward

The 6th Annual Teaching for Learning Conference takes place March 3-4, 2022 on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. This year’s conference will focus on how we can use the lessons learned throughout the pandemic to make positive changes to our teaching and learning environments. By Looking Forward and Thinking Forward, together we can reimagine what teaching and learning can be.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jenae Cohn

Author of Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading

Jenae Cohn is the Director of Academic Technology at California State University, Sacramento. She supports instructors in their critical uses of digital learning tools. She writes and speaks about approaches to engaging students in digital learning experiences and is the author of the book, Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading (West Virginia University Press, 2021). Her research interests include digital/information literacy, metacognitive thinking, and reading and writing across the curriculum. Learn more at

Jenae Cohn

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Travis Thurston

Dr. Travis Thurston is the Director of Teaching Excellence at Utah State University. In addition to leading faculty development programming, he serves on the editorial board for the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence, and was lead editor for the open-access book Resilient Pedagogy: Practical Teaching Strategies to Overcome Distance, Disruption, and Distraction. (Utah State University, 2021). Dr. Thurston’s creative and research interests focus on digital badges in educational development and the scholarship of teaching and learning. With over a decade of experience as an educator and instructional designer in K-12 and higher education, Travis holds a Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State University with a grad certificate in Online Teaching, and a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from Utah State University.

Travis Thurston

Call for Proposals

Interactive Presentations (40 minutes): These sessions usually include a single presentation or panel discussion combined with engaging methods to involve participants in an active learning process. Presenters may focus on Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) projects, innovative & engaged teaching practices, or theoretical proposals that show promise of enhancing participants’ understanding and practice of effective teaching and learning principles. Preference will be given to proposals that show promise of providing practical, actionable information for conference participants.

Hosted Discussions (40 minutes): Groups of 2-3 presenters will be joined by a facilitator to discuss current topics in teaching and learning in a roundtable format.

Great Ideas for Teaching (10 minutes): These “lightning round” sessions feature quick engaged teaching strategies that participants can bring back to their classrooms on Monday.

Innovative Course/Program Delivery: Presentations that focus on using various delivery modalities and the impact of blended learning.

Transformational Teaching:Presentations that focus on innovative and unique teaching strategies.

Technology for Teaching:Presentations that focus on using technology to help students meet course learning objectives, or that address topics like the digital divide.

Learner’s Success: Presentations that focus on how we can best meet the needs of students through the continuing pandemic, and after it ends.

The deadline for proposal submission is December 17, 2021. Acceptance notifications will be sent out mid-January.

Call for Proposals Form


Registration for the 2022 Teaching for Learning Conference is now open! Your registration fees include entrance to conference sessions, access to session recordings after the conference, and lunch/refreshments on Thursday and Friday. Register by January 28 to receive the early bird discount. We are also offering a reduced rate for graduate students, and an option to receive access to the conference recordings for those who aren’t able to attend in person. Please note, we are currently planning to have an on-site conference, and encourage attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks while attending conference sessions. We will continue to monitor local COVID-19 case counts and transmission rates, and will make adjustments to the conference modality if necessary.

Register for the Conference


We have blocks of rooms at the following hotels at discounted conference rates. These are all within walking distance of the SUU campus and downtown Cedar City. To receive the conference rate, you will need to make your reservations over the phone by February 2nd, 2022, and mention the Teaching for Learning Conference.

Abbey Inn $110/night + tax
Best Western Town & Country $70/night + tax
Baymont by Windham $64/night + tax
Ramada $80-$85 night + tax


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