2015 E.C. Moore Symposium

The Edward C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching is one of IUPUI's oldest public events, dating from the years of IUPUI's inception. Named in honor of Edward C. Moore, former dean of the faculties, the symposium brings the Indiana higher education community together to examine the various instructional strategies that encourage student learning.

Call for Proposals

The E.C. Moore Symposium brings the Indiana higher education community together to examine teaching excellence and the instructional strategies employed in various disciplines to encourage student learning. The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning seeks proposals that address efforts to improve student learning and engagement, evidence-based practices in teaching, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the innovative use of instructional technology, and initiatives that promote excellence in teaching. Proposals that have application to other disciplines are strongly encouraged.


Session Formats:

Concurrent session.Concise sessions involving 25-minute presentations designed to engage attendees in a discussion about your work. Each session will give the presenter 15 minutes for presenting content and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Poster session. Poster presentations that communicate your research, innovative practices, or action research. The poster session allows for the visual display of teaching and learning projects and an opportunity for individualized, informal discussion with attendees.


Special Session Formats:

Workshop. 60-minute, interactive sessions designed to actively engage attendees in a hands-on experience to learn the technique or method from your project or initiative. To apply for a workshop session, you will need to provide a list of learning objectives as well as plans for engaging your audience. Please note that only four workshops will be scheduled.

Ignite. Highly compact sessions giving presenters only five minutes and exactly 20 slides to inspire and “ignite” the audience with innovative and forward-thinking ideas about teaching and learning. Each slide displays for 15 seconds and then automatically advances. The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning will provide support for the execution of the PowerPoint timing.


Proposal Review Process:

The review process involves a blind reading by at least three individuals drawn from a pool of faculty members, E.C. Moore planning committee members, and Center for Teaching and Learning staff.

For full consideration, concurrent, poster, and workshop proposals must include the following:

  • An explanation of the teaching goal or problem that your project or initiative addressed or will address.
  • A description of the educational, pedagogical, or learning theories that underpin your project or initiative, and an indication of the novel or innovative way you applied or will apply these theories.
  • A statement of your project or initiative’s significance to the practice of teaching generally, to your field specifically, and an indication of your project or initiative’s transferability to other disciplines.
  • An explanation of the summative or formative assessment measures that you used or will use to evaluate the impact of your project or initiative

Additional requirements for workshop sessions:

  • A brief list of learning objectives for session attendees (i.e., what attendees will know or be able to do after attending the session)
  • Clearly articulated plans for engaging the audience during the presentation

Ignite proposals must include the following:

  • A description of an innovation or idea you have tried in your teaching which includes an answer to one or more of these questions:
    • How does your idea foster excellence in teaching?  How might it inspire others to do the same?
    • How has this idea changed your classroom?  How might it help others change theirs?

In preparation for your proposal, please survey the literature to compare your idea to what has already been published. Your presentation should not be a report on the literature; rather the essence of your talk should be a novel idea that pushes the audience to think.


Proposals will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Applicants will be notified by January 2015 of their proposal’s status. If you have questions, please email ude[dot]iupui[at]ltceht or call 317-274-1300.