The theme of the 2018 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium, Expanding Notions of Literacy, explores the ever-widening way we make meaning. The day-long event will focus on the way we interact with new modes of expression and meaning-making and how this impacts the ways we teach and our students learn.

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology is proud to announce that two scholars at the center of research into new learning, new literacies, and teaching best-practices will keynote the Symposium. Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope have spent their careers investigating how modes like the visual, the audio, and the gestural combine in new communication environments, and how we learn the rules of these new modes of communication to use them effectively. Their work, part of the New London Group, serves a foundation for looking at literacy as much more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. In addition to providing the luncheon keynote address, Kanatzis and Cope will facilitate a post-luncheon “Continuing the Conversation” session and an early morning workshop on a topic to be announced.

Mary Kalantzis was dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from 2006 to 2016. Before, she was dean of the faculty of education, language, and community services at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. With Bill Cope, she has co-authored or co-edited: New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education, 2008 (2nd edition, 2012); Ubiquitous Learning, 2009; Towards a Semantic Web: Connecting Knowledge in Academic Research, 2009; Literacies, 2012 (2nd edition, 2016); A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies, 2016; and e-Learning Ecologies, 2017.

Bill Cope is a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include theories and practices of pedagogy, cultural and linguistic diversity, and new technologies of representation and communication. His and Mary Kalantzis’ recent research has focused on the development of digital writing and assessment technologies, with the support of a number of major grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The result has been the Scholar multimodal writing and assessment environment.


Everyone with teaching responsibilities at Illinois State University (full and part time faculty, teaching assistants, and administrative/professional staff), as well as those who support student learning in co-curricular contexts, is invited to submit a presentation proposal. Presentation formats include:

  • A 20-minute presentation (maximum two presenters)
  • A 40-minute presentation (minimum three presenters; more than five not recommended)
  • A 30-minute facilitated discussion as part of the morning Idea Café (no co-presenters, please)
  • A poster (posters will be produced by CTLT at no charge, using your design)

Submissions will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 1. Submissions are selected by peer-evaluators representing all colleges on campus. Detailed selection criteria and example submissions are also available online. Proposed session descriptions must be no more than 200 words in length.

Online form for the 2018 Teaching & Learning Symposium

About the Symposium

The 2018 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Uptown Normal. The event is free for all members of the campus community. The annual Symposium is facilitated by Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology with the generous support of the Fell Trust, the Harold K. Sage Fund, and the Office of the Provost. If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.