Teaching, Learning, Technology: 

Meeting the Challenges


On-Campus Conference      May 22-23, 2012


Access to archives of the Day 1 sessions are available on the Conference Sessions page.

UAB will be hosting the 2012 Conference titled The UA System Scholars Institute:  Teaching, Learning, Technology: Meeting the Challenges. The on-campus event is open only to UA System faculty and staff.  Each campus will receive information about the conference and will be sharing it among their schools, faculty, and staff. Check this site often, as more information will be posted as it becomes available. 


  • 5/24/12 The UA System Scholars was a great success.  We thank all of the attendees and speakers for their participation!  Looking forward to SI 2013 in Huntsville!
  • 5/15/12 Conference Program Detail now available for printing. See PRINT tab on this page.
  • 4/23/12 Session selection surveys go out this week to all on-site attendees. Please take time to select which sessions you will be attending during each break-out period.  This info is only for room planning purposes...sessions are available and open to all on a first-come basis during the even. 
  • 4/11/12 ON-SITE ATTENDEES: Email confirmations will be sent to all on-site event attendees the week of April 23rd.  We will ask that each of you respond back with your preferred sessions so we can be sure to assign appropriate size rooms for each session.  Email confirmations for confirmed session speakers will also go out the week of April 23rd.  
  • 1/5/12 The site is now LIVE and registration is OPEN for all events!


ACADEMIC AND COURSE INTEGRITY – Student cheating and dishonest behavior is increasing and our thoughtful and effective action is required for learning and scholarship to thrive. We are called by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to foster and develop student’s ethical responsibility by the Higher Education Reauthorization Act to establish approaches to address issues in distance courses. Our Universities and classes must use effective approaches to address academic dishonesty, such as cheating, misrepresentation or plagiarism.  In this track, sessions will cover technology, pedagogy, and designs that encourage adherence to the fundamental values of academic integrity – honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

ACCESSIBILITY AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN OF INSTRUCTION - Universal design of instruction help faculty utilize teaching methods that best serve students with diverse learning styles, abilities, ways of knowing, and previous world experiences. Through implementation of technological tools, UDI creates multiple ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge as well as strongly promote interaction among and between faculty and students.  In this conference track, presentations will focus on effective instructional techniques in the higher education geared toward enhancing student accessibility to the learning process.  Presentations will cover the application of Universal Design of Instruction and focus on enhanced physical access to content, material delivery methods, varying types of information access, interaction components in the course, feedback, student evaluation procedures, and other relevant topics.

INSTRUCTIONAL USES OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGY - With a high percentage of students coming to college with some type mobile smart device higher education institutions are conducting hundreds of projects to examine how to incorporate these devices into instruction. These devices provide increased network access, portability, and countless apps with instructional application.  In this track,  the presentations will cover use of smart phones and tablets as instructional tools, provide an opportunity for sharing research on and experiences involving the use of mobile devices for teaching and learning and will include some presentations on mobile device pilots.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT - Student engagement involves active learning that goes beyond just listening alone to encourage higher order thinking and reflect  different learning styles.  It is supported by a range of collaborative and cooperative activities such as  small group cohort work, discussion and presentation, role playing, gaming, case studies and field experiences, journaling, debate, simulation, etc.  This track will explore how learning experiences like these can be enabled or enhanced through technology.  Tools for scholarship, organization and collaboration, and building and supporting a community of learners in-class and online will be included. 

Day 1 Agenda

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.         Registration and Continental Breakfast (CTL*)

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.       Welcome/Keynote Address MICHAEL WESCH (HUL*)

11:00 a.m. – Noon   Concurrent Sessions (50 min., EB/MSL*)

Noon – 1:30 p.m.     Lunch (CTL*)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m        Concurrent Sessions  (50 min., EB/MSL*)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.      Concurrent Sessions  (50 min., EB/MSL*)

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.      Break (CTL*)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.     Concurrent Sessions  (50 min., EB/MSL*)

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.     Reception (CTL*)

*CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning)
HUL  (Hulsey Auditorium)  
EB  (Education Building 1st Floor)    
MSL  (Sterne Library)

Day 2 Agenda

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.     Breakfast (CTL*)

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.   Concurrent Sessions  (90 min.)

10:45 - 12:15 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions  (90 min.)

12:15 – 1:30 p.m    Lunch (NAH*)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.     Keynote Address KAREN CATOR (NAH*)

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.     UA System Collaborative Project and Closing Remarks

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.      Concurrent Sessions (NAH*)

*CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning)
HUL  (Hulsey Auditorium)  
EB  (Education Building 1st Floor)    
MSL  (Sterne Library)
NAH  (National Alumni Society House)


Printable/PDF conference program detail  SI2012-twitter

If you will not have access to a mobile device during the conference, please print this agenda and bring it with you as the printed program provided at the conference will not show detailed descriptions of each session, only the title and presenter.