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2021 Conference for High Impact Instructional Practices: Super Courses, Super Teachers, Super Learners

ETSU Center For Teaching Excellence

East Tennessee State University

2021 Conference for High-Impact Instructional Practices (CHIIPs)

Super Courses, Super Teachers, Super Learners

Wednesday & Thursday, August 4th & 5th, 2021

Call for Proposals

Conference Theme:

The theme for the 4th Annual Conference for High-Impact Instructional Practices reflects the focus of Dr. Ken Bain’s new book, Super Courses: The Future of Teaching and Learning. Our theme emphasizes the elements that elevate a course from “good” to “super.” According to Bain, “the best teachers challenge but do not threaten…they intrigue and fascinate, perhaps serving some need to know. Surprise, love, and mystery often fuel the emotions that motivate deep learning and any conceptual shifts.”  Bain highlights a number of essential course elements that lead to deep and lasting student learning. These essential elements include but are not limited to:


  • Letting students try, fail, and receive feedback
  • Allowing and facilitating collaboration with other learners
  • Providing students with opportunities to make predictions before learning
  • Helping students believe that effort matters
  • Showing faith in students’ ability
  • Appealing to students’ emotions.

The conference committee invites you to submit proposals that connect to the conference theme and that highlight what you are doing in your classroom – online or face-to-face – to contribute to excellence in teaching.


Conference Format:

This year’s conference will be a hybrid event. Wednesday’s concurrent sessions will be held face-to-face. Thursday’s concurrent sessions will be held virtually. When submitting your proposal, you will be able to indicate your preference for presenting in person or via Zoom.

Deadline for proposals:

May 16, 2021

Developing Your Proposal:

Sessions will be 50 minutes and participants should leave sessions with practical strategies and ideas to implement in their own classes. Proposals must include information regarding what participants will do during the session; sessions that do not include significant interactive components will not be considered.


Proposals may involve topics including, but not limited to:

  • active learning for all class sizes
  • student engagement
  • teaching with technology
  • online education
  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • student-centered instruction
  • collaborative learning
  • interprofessional learning
  • course design

Proposals will be evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Quality and iteration of audience participation
  • Complete description and quality of content
  • Connection to the conference theme
  • Application of content to practice

Proposal Format:

Proposals should be submitted through the ProposalSpace website.  The website will ask you to submit using the following format:

Title of presentation:





Abstract for the conference program (150 words max):


Please provide a session outline that responds to the following questions:

  • What will happen during your session? 
  • What will you explore?
  • How will participants be active during this session?
  • How does this relate to the conference theme?
  • What will participants learn as a result of attending your session?
  • References:  

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Amy Johnson at or 423-439-8661

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