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The Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference offers an ensemble of keynote addresses, faculty innovations during concurrent sessions, technology workshops, and vendor exhibits. The conference program has evolved over the years to reflect emerging trends in technology applications in higher education and shared expertise in online teaching experiences and strategies.

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2015 FTTC Teaching With Technology Award

We are accepting nominees for a Teaching With Technology Award for an instructor who has used technology in innovative and effective ways in classroom or online teaching. You can find out more and submit a nomination below.

Please read the criteria carefully to ensure that you submit all necessary sections.

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Award Criteria and Form

Two awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Traditional – These are classes that meet face to face. They may contain blended or flipped components, but they have established meeting times that occur in a physical classroom.
  • Online – These are classes that take place online. They don’t have established meeting times, nor do they meet in a physical classroom.
The two awards will be given to the recipients who best demonstrate pedagogically sound and innovative uses for educational technology in their teaching.

Eligibility Requirements

The nominee must be a higher education instructor and a registered attendee of the conference.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations can be made online using the link below. Each nominees must provide examples of how s/he:

  • Creates and implements useful and creative ways to incorporate technology into online or face-to-face classroom design and instruction.
  • Demonstrates an innovative approach to teaching within their content area through the use of technology (including but not limited to: English, science, math, community service, group work, etc.)
  • Provides and maintains an engaging student learning environment through active learning, interaction (student to student, student to instructor and student to content) and technology integration.
  • Demonstrates the technology used supports specific student learning outcomes.
  • Brings a new technology to the institution (new technology, new research, etc), uses technology in a new way, or is innovative in some other way in support of student learning.

Scope of Award

For the purpose of this award, the term “innovation” will be loosely defined by the nominees. “Technology” can be anything from computer-based learning devices, software, classroom design, to other devices that aid teaching and learning. “Instruction" or "Teaching” is defined as teaching in undergraduate and graduate courses in higher education.

Poster Session

A subcommittee member will notify the nominee of their nomination so that they may prepare a poster for display on Conference Day 2 (Friday). Posters should be hung up Friday morning by 7:30am.

The purpose of the poster is to share the nominee’s innovative idea. Posters should be 24 inches x 36 inches and mounted on foam board. They may be printed in color or black and white. Hanging materials will be provided by subcommittee chair.

Alternatively to a poster, the nominee may share the product/innovation they created by bringing in their laptop or tablet for demonstration.


Deadline for nominations is September 30, 2015 by end of business day. Award selection will be made by FTTC planning subcommittee members. Awards will be presented at lunch on the Friday of the conference.

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Dick Navarro, 2014 Teaching With Technology Award Winner

Dick Navarro
2014 FTTC Teaching with Technology Award Winner


  • Step 1
  • Discounts
  • Save some green.
    Faculty/staff of a sponsoring institution can get up to 100% off! Students save 75%! Conference presenters get 50% off! And it includes a free lunch.
  • Thursday workshops not included in discount.
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    Conference presenters are eligible for a 50 percent discount from the conference registration fee
     (e.g. final cost = $50)

    Conference presenters will be emailed their respective coupon codes. Note:  If you are a member of a sponsoring institution, please use whichever coupon code gives you the better discount. Coupon codes cannot be combined; please select the better savings. Register

    Faculty and Staff of Partner Institutions

    Special institutional rates are available to universities and colleges sponsoring the conference. The discount codes below apply only toward the Friday registration fee ($100). Note: You must register with your email from the sponsoring institution below to use the code. Only one discount may be applied.

    Retrieve discounted coupon code from your campus's designated contact listed below:

    Gold Level Sponsoring Institutions:  Free admission
    Thursday workshops not included ($25 each)

    Thursday workshops are still $25 each.

    Silver Level Sponsoring Institutions:  50% off
    Thursday workshops not included ($25 each)



    Student registrants can save $75 by using the promo code student-twentyfive when registering for the conference.
    Thursday workshops not included ($25 each)


    POLICY: A university that has invested in our conference to become a sponsoring university will be sent a coupon code. Faculty from a sponsoring university can register with their university email and with their university's coupon code, and their registration will be free, including several meals. Faculty from a sponsoring university who register without including their university's coupon code, or without a valid email address from that university, will be required to pay for their registration.

  • Step 2
  • Register
  • The main event. 30+ sessions on Friday plus the option to attend Thursday's hands-on workshops. Thursday workshops: $25 each
    Friday conference: $100
    Space is limited.
  • Follow guide below.
    Thursday Workshops: $25 each
  • Register
  • Step 3
  • Relax.
  • If you've gotten your registration confirmation, just kick back and relax. You've earned it.

    November will be here before you know it.
  • Thank you for supporting the FTTC.

Registration Instructions

Note: If using a coupon code, it will be input on the final page of the checkout.

  1. Click Register (above), then Login in the upper-right. If you've never attended the FTTC Conference, create a new account.
    Important! If you registered for the conference in a years past, you already have an account in the registration system. You will not be allowed to create another account with the same information. Please contact Ann Larsen via email or by phone at: (314) 516-6775.
    If you are using a coupon code, please use your institutional email address (ex. @umsl.edu).
  2. Add the Friday Conference to your Cart.
  3. Add any Thursday pre-conference workshops to your cart (if desired). Each is a separate item.
  4. Click Checkout on the right side of the page to input your payment information and coupon code (if applicable).
  5. You will receive confirmation message(s) with your selections. As the conference date approaches, you will receive reminder emails about your selections from FTTC Participant Concierge, Janet Roberts (Maryville U.).
Problems registering? Contact Ann Larsen via email or by phone at: (314) 516-6775.


Keynote Speakers
Todd Zakrajsek, Author of The New Science of Learning

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek
Associate Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Todd is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his work at UNC, he was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor. Todd currently directs two Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning, one annually in Traverse City, Michigan, and the other in Bethesda, Maryland. Todd also sits on two educationally related boards: ERI for Lenovo Computer and TEI for Microsoft. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He has published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 42 states and 6 countries.


Tip: Parking can be limited on Fridays, but there are designated conference parking spaces in the West Parking Garage.

Thursday Events

UMSL South Campus
E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center

Parking available in Lots VV, WW, and XX.

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Friday Events

UMSL North Campus
JC Penney Conference Center

Parking available in West Garage only.

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