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.

The proposal deadline was January 22, 2016.

Conference Registration
Click here to register for the conference.

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

Registration deadline: February 10, 2016.

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

Agenda at a Glance:

Wednesday February 24
9:00-10:00     Opening Ceremonies, Introductions, and Icebreaker "And your little dog, too!"
10:00-11:00   Plenary: Chuck Dziuban. Title: "Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t already have"
11:00-11:15    Break
11:15-12:00    Un-Conference - Strategies for online teaching
12:00-1:00    Lunch
1:00-2:00    Breakout Sessions (Olha Tsarykovska / Cynthia Gettys)
2:05-3:00    Speed Sharing: Workshops that really work
3:00-3:15    Break
3:15-4:15    Breakout Sessions (Brian Etheridge / Stephen LeBeau)
4:15-4:30    Raffle and Daily Debrief
Evening - "Night on the Town" at Yard House and nearby attractions - pay as you go

Thursday February 25
9:00-10:00     Breakout Sessions (Claudia Cornejo Happel / Ashley Heintzen)
10:00-11:00   Panel: The Wizardry of Instructional Design
11:00-11:15    Break
11:15-12:00    Gallery Walk: "If I Only Had a Brain"
12:00-1:30    Lunch and Business Meeting
1:30-2:30    Breakout Sessions (Eric Main / Tonya Amankwatia)
2:30-2:45    Break   
2:45-3:15    Breakout Sessions (Eric Fournier / Sandra Sharman)
3:20-3:50    Breakout Sessions (Amber Dinquel / Pamela Moolenaar-Wirsiy)
3:45-4:30    Raffle and Daily Debrief
Evening - further revelries in nearby restaurants, bars, attractions?

Friday February 26
9:00-10:00     Breakout Sessions (Jim Berger / Angela Atwell)
10:00-11:00    Un-Conference - Strategies for F2F teaching and active learning
11:00-11:30     Breakout Sessions (Angela Wilson / Sharon Wheeler)
11:30-12:00   Raffle and Concluding Events
12:00-12:30    (Executive Committee meeting)

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 had 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), but this rate expired on January 25.

You can still attempt to book a room at the hotel using conventional means:

Avanti International Resort
8738 International Drive
Orlando, FL