STP Best Practices Conference
2010 Best Practices: Assessing Teaching and Learning in Psychology
Friday & Saturday, October 8-9, 2010
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter NW
6345 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA, 30339, (770) 955-1700
Proposal Submission Deadline:
May 15, 2010
Early-bird Registration Deadline:
August 25, 2010
The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP, Division 2 of APA) is excited to announce the 9th conference in the popular "Best Practices in Teaching Psychology" series, which started in 2002. The 2010 conference will focus on assessment in psychology, which represents a return to the very first topic of the Best Practice conferences. We are interested in proposals from individuals or teams that will address the progress made on all assessment and evaluation fronts related to the teaching and learning of psychology over the last decade. Presentations may focus on assessment from the classroom level to the program level. Symposia with team presentations (at least two presenters) are especially encouraged. Modeled after the format of the previous conferences, the conference will include keynote speakers, concurrent symposia and workshops, and poster sessions.
In 2010, our three keynote speakers will be Jane Halonen, discussing Can We See Ourselves as Others See Us?: Advancing Assessment of Faculty Performance, Rob McEntarffer, I've Only Got One Question: The Formative Power of Single Diagnostic Items, and Diane Halpern, talking with us about Developing the Skills of Psychological Literacy and Critical Thinking in our Students: Without Data We are Just More Hot Air.
Featured Opening Workshops: Assessing Undergraduate Psychology Major Skills: A Road Map with GPS Navigation Tips. Eric Landrum and Maureen McCarthy; A Comprehensive System for Conducting Quality Assessment, Keston Fulcher and Sherry Serdikoff; Developing Critical Thought and Meta-Cognitive Skills in Any Lecture Context:Peer-Assessment Enabled by Technology, Steve Joordens and Dwayne Pare.
The conference will run from 8:00am on Friday, October 8th through 12:00pm on Saturday, October 9th. Links below will be activated when information is available.
- View the complete conference schedule (PDF)
- Abstracts of Keynotes, Workshops, and Symposia (PDF)
- Abstracts of Posters (PDF)
View a preliminary document of the Opening Workshops and Sessions (PDF format)
Members of the Program Committee are Suzie Baker, Dana Dunn, Eric Landrum, and Chandra Mehrotra.
The registration fee includes all refreshments and meals during the conference (lunch, continental breakfast, dinner, breaks, and reception, including 2 free drinks) and conference materials.
Early-Bird Rate if register by August 25th:
$185 for members of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology
$215 for nonmembers
Don’t forget to reserve your room early (see Lodging information below)
For those who register after August 25th, but by September 24th
$200 for members of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology
$230 for nonmembers
After September 24th, rates are: $240 for all registrants
Please contact Janie Wilson directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure space is available.
REFUND POLICY: A full refund is available with notification of cancellation by 5:00PM on September 24th, 2010, with no refund after that date.
SPACE IS LIMITED to 250 participants--PLEASE REGISTER EARLY: Once we reach our capacity, additional registrations are on a waiting list for openings due to cancellations. Onsite Registration is on a space available basis. You should verify space in advance.
- Complete the registration form.
- Continue to the payment page and select the appropriate conference rate when making payment.
Conference sessions and lodging will be at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter NW, 6345 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30339. Please note that this hotel is different from last year’s Best Practices conference. The conference rate is $99 per night for a standard room and $105 per night for a deluxe room. We CANNOT guarantee room availability at the conference rate after September 19, 2010, so make your reservations early! When you call to make reservations at 1-888-233-9527, please refer to the group: Georgia Southern University, Best Practices. You can also reserve a room at the group rate through the following hotel link: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=2499085
- Driving :The Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Perimeter NW Hotel is conveniently located at 6345 Powers Ferry Road off I-285 at Exit 22, which is one exit east of the junction of I-75 and I-285.
Flying: If flying into Atlanta, from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport there are several options for reaching the conference hotel. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND TAKING A TAXI DIRECTLY FROM THE AIRPORT BECAUSE OF THE DISTANCE AND HIGH COST.
- The hotel is accessible by van service from the airport (A&M Limousine, http://www.aandmlimo.com/reservations.asp). Advance reservations are REQUIRED and can be done at the A&M Web site.
- You can take the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit System (MARTA) directly from the airport to the Dunwoody (Perimeter Mall) station. The hotel offers a free shuttle service at specific times to and from this station. PLEASE CONTACT THE HOTEL IN ADVANCE TO COORDINATE ARRIVAL TIMES WITH THEIR SHUTTLE AND RESERVE A SPACE ON THE SHUTTLE TO OR FROM THE MARTA STATION.
- Taxi service to the hotel is also available from this station. Call the hotel for recommended taxi companies (1-770-955-1700).
Any individual who requires assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act for participation in this conference should contact Janie Wilson at email@example.com or 912-478-5580.
If you have questions about the conference, please contact Janie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Practices Books
- Since 2002, STP has sponsored a series of yearly "Best Practices" in teaching and pedagogy conferences in Atlanta, GA. These conferences also have benefitted from the sponsorship of Kennesaw State University and the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NIToP), among other sponsors. A series of edited "Best Practices" books has developed from these annual conferences. The teaching topics contained in these books include educational assessment, introductory psychology, research methods and statistics, culture and diversity, critical thinking, and beginning (e.g., introductory, orientation to the major) and ending (e.g., capstone, research intensive, seminar) courses, and teaching with technology. Although the work of many conference speakers is represented in these books, there are not traditional "proceedings" volumes; rather, the content is fresh, up-to-date, and focused on providing teachers in secondary and post-secondary settings with practical tools and techniques for teaching about psychology and improving student learning. All the royalties from these books go to STP to fund future endeavors aimed at promoting teaching and learning in psychology.
- View list of Best Practices Books with links to web sites where they can be purchased.