Registration is now open for the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference (TLTCon) 2021 – The Science of Emotion. Hosted by the College of Charleston Teaching and Learning Team (TLT), this free conference will be held online May 11-13, 2021.

Supporting educators in all fields, the conference is designed to bring together expertise from educational institutions across the region, spotlight teaching excellence and provide a space for idea sharing and networking. By bringing together educators and leaders in the field of pedagogy to share ideas, techniques, best practices and lessons learned, TLTCon allows educators to learn from one another, creating an opportunity for greater campus discussion and collaboration about pedagogy and instructional technologies.

In addition to sharing and exploring new tech tools, TLTCon 2021 will offer tools of emotional survival in a time where email is an emergency and instruction is disembodied. Offering an opportunity to help regain balance and find our footing through imagination and a return to physical and mental presence, this year’s theme of The Science of Emotion has the potential to inspire our various schools to reflect on the impact of COVID-19, how we work together, how we support fellow colleagues and students and how we communicate.

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Delivered in a fully online, conference-style format, this TLTCon 2021 will allow participants to choose sessions that are the most attractive and relevant to their own professional development. Session types will include panel presentations, spotlight sessions and working groups. There will also be online spaces where participants can continue the conversation with colleagues and reflect on their own teaching practices.

This year’s keynote speaker is Sarah Rose Cavanagh, who will also conduct a hands-on workshop. Cavanagh – whose research considers the contribution of emotions and emotion regulation to quality of life – is the author of The Spark of Learning and Hivemind and associate director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College. She also blogs for Psychology Today and writes essays for venues like LitHub and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In a recent interview, available here, she spoke to TLT instructional technologist Mike Overholt about the science of emotion, its measurability and the potential a robust understanding of emotional engagement has as a pedagogical tool in the classroom.

Other speakers include many College of Charleston faculty and staff members. A full list of speakers and sessions is available on the TLTCon website.

College of Charleston faculty and staff interested in attending one or more session should register through the TLTCon website. TLTCon attendees will need internet connectivity and either a cell phone or a computer with speakers and audio to participate. Microphones and webcams are optional.

For more information, visit the TLTCon website or contact TLT staff.