Summer Teaching Symposium (STS)

Full-time faculty are invited to join the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) for our annual Summer Teaching Symposium. The Summer Teaching Symposium is a two-day event that focuses on teaching and learning strategies and renewal ideas for faculty members.

In general, the event involves interconnected workshops about teaching techniques and strategies in a breakout/conference format, as well as opportunities to discuss, mix, and exchange teaching stories and best practices with other faculty members from around campus. The focus is on reflection, renewal, and exposure to additional ideas on teaching and learning. We emphasize interaction across disciplines, sharing of tips and tricks, and focusing on classroom applications (turning theories into practices). The event is highly orchestrated, with an element of fun courtesy of overlapping games played throughout the event itself.

By the end of the event, faculty create a single PowerPoint slide to explain to their fellow participants what they will change in their courses.

Participants must be on nine or twelve month faculty contract; this is the one event ATLE offers which is not open to graduate students or to adjuncts. Faculty are asked to attend the entire event (in other words, do not sign up if you have competing obligations during part of the workshops).

While ATLE does not offer compensation, participants receive a modest piece of technology for attending. Each year's giveaway item is different.

STS-04: Game On! (May 10-11, 2017)

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The 2017 Summer Teaching Symposium (STS-04) will be held May 10-11, 2017, likely in Cooper Hall on the Tampa campus. The theme will be gamification and the lessons from games that we can adapt for the classroom. The event itself will be "gamified" in that participants will compete with each other in teams; we will be borrowing the four "house" teams from the Harry Potter universe for this purpose.

For 2017, the giveaway item will be Dragon Naturally Speaking, which is speech-to-text dictation software that will make captions a lot easier for your instructional videos.


Please complete this survey to register for STS-04:

We anticipate a total of 120 participants.

STS Archives

Click below for the handouts and participant materials from past STS events: