Conference Information

16th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning

2017 CCTL Conference Theme "Cooperative and Collaborative Learning"

January 10-11, 2017

From small businesses to hospitals and international corporations, employers seek college graduates who can work together to solve real-world problems. Our goal as educators is to help students achieve success in higher education that will transition into success in their chosen careers. To accomplish this we need to rethink tools and develop ways to jump-start the learning process and engage students while guiding them through more effective ways to connect course content to real world issues.

This year’s theme “Cooperative and Collaborative Learning” explores pathways to deep thinking skills and expanding students’ abilities to solve problems. The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Neil Davidson, will provide attendees with helpful and practical tips to “break the cycle of teaching the way you were taught,” and offer guidance on how to implement cooperative and collaborative learning techniques in the classroom. Sessions will include theoretical comparisons of approaches to help faculty decide whether to use cooperative or collaborative learning and ways to establish support systems for implementing these techniques.

A long-time practitioner of cooperative learning, Davidson has co-edited five books, including Enhancing Thinking Through Cooperative Learning as well as Professional Development for Cooperative Learning: Issues and Approaches, and published numerous articles. He has presented at national and international conferences and at numerous universities. He is a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE), serving as president for five years.

Call for Proposals Extended

Educators from across the United States and Canada who can contribute their experience and expertise with active and integrative learning within individual courses, curricula, or programs, and discuss how it is best encouraged and assessed, are invited to submit proposals for presentations and panels. The conference is held on our beautiful campus in Lewiston, New York, near Niagara Falls.

We invite proposals for papers, workshops, posters, and roundtables discussions with a preference for the following themes:

  • Student Engagement and Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign
  • Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Academic Success
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Competency-Based Learning
  • Online and Blended Teaching and Learning
  • Technology and Emerging Learning Environments

Presentation styles include:

Breakout sessions: Two papers or two workshops will be presented in a 60-minute session, 30 minutes for each paper or workshop.  Papers and/or workshops will be paired according to theme or topic. PC laptop, projector screen, and microphone will be made available for the presentation.

Poster session: A one-hour poster session will coincide with roundtable discussions. Easels will be provided.

Roundtable discussion: A one-hour roundtable session will coincide with poster presentations. Approved proposals will have their own table.

Abstracts for more than one presentation will be accepted as long as each abstract is submitted separately. More information about the details will be sent to presenters of selected sessions at a later date.

Submission Process: 

Submit proposals at either or by email to abiding by the following specifications:

  1. Names and position of the presenter(s).  If more than one presenter is listed, then the first name that appears will be considered the primary presenter.
  2. Institution
  3. Contact information of all presenters
  4. Title (not to exceed 20 words)
  5. Abstract (not to exceed 350 words)
  6. Preference for (A) paper or workshop for breakout sessions, (B) poster, or (C) roundtable. Indicate which type of proposal this abstract should be considered for.  If the presenters are open to more than one format, list in order of preference.
  7. Audio-visual equipment needs other than those noted above.

Acknowledgment of received proposal will be via email. Presenters must register for the conference. Questions regarding the submission process or conference can be directed to Kris Principe  or Paula Kot

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Submission deadline: Oct. 15, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: Nov. 1, 2016

Registration opens: Nov. 1, 2016.  

Keynote Address Topics:

Jan. 10: Breaking the Cycle of Teaching the Way You Were Taught

Jan. 11: Morning: Cooperative and Collaborative Learning | Afternoon: Jump-starting Your Cooperative Learning

The session on cooperative and collaborative learning includes theoretical comparisons of the two approaches to help faculty decide which approach to use. The session on jump-starting your cooperative/collaborative learning will include not only practical tips but also ways to establish support system(s) for implementing these techniques.

Neil Davidson

Dr. Neil Davidson

About the Keynote Presenter: Dr. Neil A. Davidson

Neil Davidson did pioneering work in developing small group cooperative learning in mathematics in the 1960s.  His many publications encompass nine books, including the following co-edited volumes: Cooperative Learning in Mathematics: A Handbook for Teachers; Enhancing Thinking Through Cooperative Learning; Professional Development for Cooperative Learning: Issues and Approaches; Cooperative Learning in Undergraduate Mathematics: Issues that Matter and Strategies that Work; and Small Group Learning in Higher Education: Cooperative, Collaborative, Problem-Based, and Team-Based Learning.

Davidson is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He was a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE), and served as its President for five years.  He was also the co-founder and first President of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Cooperation in Education (MAACIE).

His professional specialty areas include mathematics education, teacher education, and faculty and staff development. He is Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, where he directed a doctoral program in professional development. He has led numerous faculty development sessions for the University Center for Teaching Excellence, and he developed their Faculty Consultation Program. He also served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for the entire campus. He co-founded and remains active in the University's Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, an association of faculty who have shown outstanding devotion to teaching and learning in this research university.

Conference Schedule at a Glance for Tuesday, January 10, 2017




1:30-3:30 p.m.


St. Vincent's Hall, 4th Floor Atrium

1:45-2:30 p.m.

Concurrent session I

St. Vincent's Hall, 3rd Floor

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Reception and poster session

St. Vincent's Hall, 4th Floor Atrium

3:34-5:15 p.m.

Keynote address: Dr. Neil A. Davidson

St. Vincent's Hall, Amphitheatre

Conference Schedule at a Glance for 




8:00-9:00 a.m.

Registration and continental breakfast  

St. Vincent's Hall, 4th Floor Atrium

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Plenary session I: Dr. Neil A. Davidson

St. Vincent's Hall, Amphitheatre

10:15-11:00 a.m.

Concurrent sessions II

St. Vincent's Hall, 3rd Floor

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Concurrent sessions III

St. Vincent's Hall, 3rd Floor

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lunch (included)

Gallagher Center, Lower Level

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent sessions IV

St. Vincent's Hall, 
3rd Floor

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Plenary session II: Dr. Neil A. Davidson

St. Vincent's Hall, Amphitheatre