Concurrent sessions consist of research, practice, and conversation sessions. Please click on your presentation type for more information.

Practice sessions are 50 minutes in length. Practice sessions are focused on sharing, modeling, and discussing higher education teaching and learning, while allowing for interaction with and among session participants. These sessions should go beyond simply "how to" to include "why to." Interactivity with participants is strongly encouraged.  

Research session presentations are 25 minutes in length. Research sessions are designed to inform participants of the design, implementation, and results of empirical research focused on teaching and learning in higher education. Please note that two research presentations are scheduled together for each presentation block. A timekeeper will be present in the room to ensure the first presentation does exceed the allotted time.

Conversation sessions are 50 minutes in length. Conversation sessions are designed to provide a time and space for participants to discuss instructional issues within higher education teaching and learning. Each discussion session will begin with no more than a 10 minute presentation to contextualize the topic, followed by active participant discussion. Please note that conversation sessions are intentionally scheduled in smaller rooms to limit participants and encourage more active participation and discussion among those in the room.

Available Technology


Computers are NOT provided. Presenters should bring their own laptops.

Projection and Sound

Each room is equipped with a projector, screen, and audio capability. Please note that the projectors have VGA hookups. Your laptop may need an adapter to work correctly with the projector. We have a limited number of adapters available for checkout. However, we recommend you bring your own to ensure you have the correct adapter for your machine.


The Inn at Virginia Tech as free guest wifi available for presenters to access.

Assistance with Setup

Conference staff members will be available to assist with technology setup.


Other Items Available for Checkout

The main conference registration table will have the following items available for checkout for presenters' use:

  • large post-it notes
  • markers
  • easels and flip charts

Room Setup

Each presentation room will have a presenter station up front. The room will be arranged with rows of chairs to provide as much seating as possible. If you have a special setup need or request, please contact the conference chair.