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Collegium Overview

Now in its 24th year, UCO's 21st Century Pedagogy Institute's (21CPI) Collegium on Effective College Teaching Practices will feature a thoughtful keynote, dynamic breakout sessions, celebratory teaching awards, a satisfying lunch, cool prizes and more. We will join as a community for a  day of focusing on the craft of teaching and learning as we work together to improve the quality of education on our campus. 



This Year’s Theme: "Teaching for Impact: Improving Outcomes Through Student-Centered Pedagogies"

Wed., Aug. 16, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. | UCO College of Liberal Arts Building

With our world changing at what seems to be an ever-increasing pace, how do we ensure that our teaching continues to have the kinds of impact on students that the world needs? For this year's collegium, we will focus on addressing such areas as student-centered teaching strategies, class activities that engage students with societal issues, using artificial intelligence to positively support teaching and learning, sustainability education and much more. Join us as we strive to find creative and collaborative pedagogies that impact our students and the wider world.


Meet Our Keynote Speakers:

heddy imageDr. Ben Heddy

Ben Heddy is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Learning Sciences program. His research program focuses on cognitive and motivational aspects of learning; including transformative experience, engagement, academic emotions, interest development, and further specializing in the investigation of learning activities that occur in everyday life. As a second related line of research he studies the mechanisms of conceptual, emotion, and attitude change. His research has been published in Science Education and Psychology Today. His research has been funded by the Oklahoma Department of Education and the Presbyterian Health Foundation. Ben has a forthcoming book titled Motivation Mythbusters.


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Dr. Alison Koenka

Dr. Alison Koenka is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to transitioning to OU, she received a Ph.D. from Duke University, completed postdoctoral training at The Ohio State University, and was a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Koenka conducts research that explores students’ motivation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) across secondary school and higher education. She pursues these interests through two lines of inquiry. First, she investigates the motivational consequences of academic feedback. Second, Dr. Koenka conducts work that centers the motivational experiences of youth from historically marginalized populations. This research has been funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Psychological Association. 


This Year's Schedule

This year's Collegium will be held in-person only, with no virtual options.

8:00-8:30 a.m. – Coffee & Light Snacks
8:30-9:00 a.m. – Welcome from Dr. King & Provost Simmons, 21CPI Recognitions
9:00-10:00 a.m. – Keynote Presentation
10:10 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – Concurrent Breakout Sessions
11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Concurrent Breakout Sessions
12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch
12:00-2:10 p.m. – Resource Fair
1:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Concurrent Breakout Sessions
2:10 p.m.-3:00 p.m. – Concurrent Breakout Sessions
3:00 p.m. – More Prize Giveaways - Including an iPad!

*All events will be held in the Liberal Arts-South (LAS) Wing Building (Building #35 on the Campus Map).

Are you hoping to receive one of 21CPI's Teacher-Scholar Awards? Please submit your FLO Tracking Sheet to by August 1st - thanks!


Concurrent Breakout Session Submissions

If you would like to submit a proposal for one of our concurrent breakout sessions, we encourage you to do so for topics related to one of the following areas:

  • Course Design, for example, sessions on Universal Design for Learning, Understanding by Design, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Students As Partners in Teaching & Learning, etc.
  • Learner Engagement Strategies, for example, sessions on the use of Concept Mapping, Self-Regulated Learning, Team Based Learning, Narrative Pedagogies, Case Studies, etc.
  • Learning Outcomes & Assessments, for example, sessions on using a type of assessment to improve learning such as direct, indirect, authentic, diagnostic, or formative assessments
  • Inclusive Learning Ecosystems, for example, sessions on inclusivity, the mindful use of technology, incorporating social-emotional dimensions of learning, etc.
  • Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR), for example, sessions on how to help students develop in one or more of the STLR Tenets

As part of these areas, we are searching for proposals that would be helpful for transformative teaching and learning, have broad appeal to faculty, account for diverse learners, contribute to better learning environments and are learner-centered. We hope to receive many exciting proposals in these and other areas that you believe are relevant for this year's collegium.

Proposals can be 25 or 50 minutes in duration. To submit your proposal, visit the site below, create an account and finalize your submission.

The submission deadline is June 25, 2023.



UCO Registrations (Faculty, Staff, & Students)

Please use the following form to register for this year's Collegium:



Non-UCO Registrations 

We are reserving a limited number of seats for faculty and staff from other colleges and universities. This wonderful event is only $75. Please use the following forms to register for this year's Collegium:




Annual Collegium Archive

Event information archived below is for UCO’s Annual Collegium on Effective College Teaching Practice. Full program is provided for each year.