About the Conference

On May 21-22, 2019, the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) will hold its annual Faculty Summer Conference at the Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University.

This year, the conference’s theme is Jumping on the Social Media Bandwagon: Is It Worth It?

Jumping on the Social Media Bandwagon

Designed to gather scholars from across the disciplines, the conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities, both institutional and academic, associated with social media.

As it exerts its profound influence on educational practice, social media is reconfiguring our landscape. At the institutional level, it has reshaped the traditional ways of attracting potential students and building relationships with external partners.

At the academic level, faculty and students use it to create, share, and consume content. Social-media use is building students’ digital skills while it shapes their digital identities.

A 21st Century Challenge

However, the lack of clear policies, processes, and guidelines regarding the academic integration of social media often leads to fragmented use. This ad hoc approach is unlikely to allow universities to reap social media’s potential benefits. Indeed, faculty often perceive social media as a workload burden with no real academic value, while students tend to view unstructured social media activities as a distracting waste of time.

Register today to explore these issues, improve your social media practices, and more.

Four Conference Tracks

Writing on the wall

Reflecting on Teaching Practices

Faculty training

Engaging & Supporting Faculty

Students studying in Perry Library

Engaging & Supporting Students

Sharing Experiences & Processes