“Educating the 21st-Century Student” is the theme of the 2015 International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning, the first Sun Conference in UTEP’s second century.  Reflecting our technological, complex, globalized world of opportunity and rapid change, the theme includes  many foci, including best practices for: (1) reaching and tapping the increasingly diverse and nontraditional students at higher education (and K-12) institutions, (2) connecting education and civic engagement, (3) educational partnerships that cross national boundaries, (4) new technologies in F2F, hybrid, and online teaching and learning, (5) instructional methods that are adaptive and/or less bound by books or buildings, (6) meaningful assessment of learning for courses or programs, (7) making connections across disciplines, and (8) promoting multiple literacies and lifelong learning.


Welcome to The International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning

What is the Sun Conference?

The Sun Conference is dedicated to building a community of teachers primarily in higher education whose commitment to instructional excellence transcends disciplinary, cultural, and national barriers. The focus of the conference is on the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as practical, applied strategies, tools, and techniques based on well-founded teaching and learning principles.

The Sun Conference aims to enhance teaching and learning, especially in the region and among minority serving institutions to help students become successful professionals and responsible citizens.

The conference includes scholarly presentations, round table discussions,  interactive workshops, and informal gatherings during breakfast and lunch, providing ample opportunity to explore questions, exchange ideas, and learn novel approaches to effective teaching and learning challenges in classroom, community/experience-based, or hybrid or online courses.

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Who Should Attend?

All university, community college and school district faculty, instructional staff, teaching assistants, instructional developers, and administrators with an interest in higher education teaching and learning are invited to share innovative teaching practices, and explore transformative college and university teaching methods and strategies. A special invitation is extended to those who serve these roles at institutions of higher education in New Mexico, Arizona, and West Texas, as well as minority serving institutions that support a 21st century student demographic.