Conference Information

Each year the SRFIDC meets to share information in the realm of instructional development. The conference site rotates among various member institutions and provides an opportunity for other member institutions to see how faculty and instructional development is envisioned at various campuses in the Southern region.
2016 Conference - "Behind the Curtain"

The Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium (SRFIDC) will hold our 40th annual sharing conference in Orlando, FL, from February 24-February 26, 2016.

Since it's our 40th (ruby) anniversary, we're using the Wizard of Oz as our inspiration. This year's conference theme is Behind the Curtain (a nod to the famous scene when the wizard is exposed operating machinery from behind a curtain).
Keynote speaker: Chuck Dziuban is Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Central Florida (UCF)

On the occasion of SRFIDC's Ruby Anniversary, we ask that proposals focus on what is happening “Behind the Curtain” to create the magic on your campus and in your faculty and instructional development efforts.

Potential conference presentation topics include:

*Effective practices of teaching centers
*Educational Technology
*Instructional Design
*Teaching Strategies
*Assessment of professional development
*…and other topics related to faculty and instructional development.

Proposal deadline: Friday, December 18, 2015.

Conference Registration
Click here to register for the conference. If you require an invoice to submit payment, register, then use this form to send payment.

Registering for the conference is the same as paying membership. No need to do it twice!

Registration deadline: January 22, 2015.

Night on the Town
Each year we try to choose one particular evening during the conference for a joint activity and dinner we could do together. We don't do a formal registration for Night on the Town, and each participant pays as they go.

Our Night on the Town is the evening of February 24. We will be eating at the Yard House (walking distance from the hotel). Further optional festivities will follow afterward, to be decided that evening. Nearby attractions within walking distance include mini-golf, the Orlando Eye Ferris wheel, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Orlando SeaLife Aquarium, and more bars than you could shake the Wicked Witch's wand at.

Conference Agenda (Tentative)

February 24
9:00-10:00     Opening Ceremonies, Introductions, and Icebreaker "And your little dog, too!"
10:00-11:00   Plenary: Chuck Dziuban. Title: "Ignore that man behind the curtain!"
11:00-12:00    Un-Conference - Strategies for online teaching
12:00-1:00    Lunch
1:00-2:00    Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:30    Speed Sharing: Workshops that really work
3:30-4:00    Breakout Sessions
4:00-4:30    Raffle and Daily Debrief

February 25
9:00-10:00     Breakout Sessions
10:00-11:00   Panel: The Wizardry of Instructional Design
11:00-12:00    Gallery Walk: "If I Only Had a Brain"
12:00-1:00    Lunch
1:00-2:00    Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:30    Un-Conference - Strategies for F2F teaching and active learning
3:30-4:00    Breakout Sessions
4:00-4:30    Raffle and Daily Debrief

February 26
9:00-11:00     Breakout Sessions
11:00-12:00   Raffle and Concluding Events
Conference Hotel

The Avanti Resort is located on International Drive, right in the heart of the theme park district (close access to Disney, SeaWorld, and Universal - though a car would still be needed to visit them). We have a special group rate of $69/night for the conference dates (and you can book rooms for three additional days before, and/or three days after the conference at the same rate). There is a separate $9/day resort fee.

Our rate is only good if you book by January 25.

You may book online using this link (the link might require the Chrome browser to function)

You may also call our Reservations line at 855-828-2684 and mention you are with SRFDIC-University of South Florida to receive the group discount. Group Confirmation # 319627.

Avanti International Resort
8738 International Drive
Orlando, FL