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TEACHx sparks innovation in teaching and learning by showcasing experiments and celebrating successes in a community-oriented environment. This annual event brings together instructors, students, learning designers, and technology specialists to make connections, begin collaborations, and learn from their peers.

The 2024 conference will take place on the Evanston campus of Northwestern and will span two days, with a half-day of workshops on May 15 followed by a full day of interactive presentations, panels, and digital posters, as well as the keynote presentation and the Canvas Hall of Fame ceremony on May 16, 2024.


This year’s event will explore a wide range of topics relevant to teaching and learning. While we will consider proposals addressing any relevant topic, we are most interested in proposals that address one or more of the following topic areas:

  • Accessibility – how have you updated your course materials, Canvas site, or course policies to make your course more accessible to students?
  • Artificial Intelligence – what strategies have you adopted to address the challenge or opportunity created by the use of artificial intelligence products in higher education? 
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - how have you worked to implement UDL principles in your course(s)?
  • Inclusive Teaching - how have you employed pedagogical practices that seek to serve the needs of all students, regardless of their backgrounds or identities, and to support their engagement with subject material?
  • Innovation through Technology - what new tools, apps, equipment, or other tech have you effectively applied to teaching and learning?
  • Grading and Assessment Strategies – what works in your class(es) to meaningfully evaluate student learning and progress?
  • Self-care and Empathetic Teaching (student-care) - with increasing attention paid to the mental health of students and instructors in higher ed, what are practices you’ve adopted in your teaching to take care of yourself and others?

Broaden your perspectives on access, teaching, and care while connecting with colleagues and learning together at TEACHx.

Presentation Types

Note: we may consider your proposal for another format. We will contact you if we feel your session is better suited for another session type.

  • Interactive Presentation (45 minutes)These 45-minute sessions should involve a combination of presentation and audience/participant engagement. Interactive presentations are opportunities to present in detail on a project while enabling audience participation.
  • Panel Discussion (45 minutes)These 45-minute facilitated conversations among panelists and the audience should focus on an issue, challenge, or idea pertinent to teaching and learning. Moderators should present a few key points to lead the discussion on this topic. The proposal should include the topic and engaging questions for discussion. List your panel moderator as the primary presenter.
  • Workshop (90 minutes): These 90-minute sessions give you the opportunity to spend more time with your participants, allowing you to dig deeper into a topic or tool. Workshops should be highly interactive, with the goal of engaging participants through structured activities. 
  • Digital Poster: These sessions offer the opportunity to share experiences through informal, brief interactions that expand upon digital poster displays focused on effective practices, research findings, educational technology solutions, or works in progress. Poster presenters may bring flyers or other physical materials to distribute to attendees. Poster presenters will be expected to be available to engage with attendees during the one-hour breakfast time slot on May 16.

Engagement Strategies

A successful TEACHx presentation includes specific and creative approaches to engage participants through active learning strategies. We encourage innovative and participatory session design, the creative use of technology, and active engagement by all participants. Review some active learning approaches that you can use to design a more engaging session. These won’t work for all sessions but feel free to use these ideas as inspiration.