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Fall 2024 CHP Conference

Commonwealth Honors Program

Conference on Honors Teaching and Learning

Friday, October 4, 2024 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Claire T. Carney Library

The purpose of this one-day conference is to gather honors faculty and administrators for a day of learning, networking, and professional development in honors education. Faculty and administrators from all CHP campuses will be invited to submit proposals for presentation of case studies, evidence-based best practice in honors education, and innovative solutions to the challenges facing honors colleges and programs.

This event will include breakfast, lunch, presentations by CHP faculty and staff, and a keynote address by Dr. Christopher Dede. He will discuss using AI to augment Honors education in a talk entitled, "Complimenting Human Minds with Digital Brains." 

Chris Dede is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was for 22 years its Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. From 2001-2004, he was Chair of the HGSE department of Teaching and Learning. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. In 2023 he was named a Fellow of the Online Learning Consortium.

In 2020 Chris co-founded the Silver Lining for Learning initiative. He is currently an Advisor to the Alliance for the Future of Digital Learning, sponsored by the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiative (MBRGI). Also, Chris is a Co-Principal Investigator and Associate Director for Research of the NSF-funded National Artificial Intelligence Institute in Adult Learning and Online Education.

His most recent co-edited books include: Teacher Learning in the Digital Age: Online Professional Development in STEM Education; Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities in Education; Learning engineering for online education: Theoretical contexts and design-based examples; and The 60-Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy.

Request for Proposals

A request for proposals will be sent in spring 2024 for individual presentations, symposiums, and roundtables. Faculty and administrators from all CHP institutions are eligible to submit proposals and attend.


Authors may propose presentations reporting data, program innovations and outcomes, innovations in pedagogy or mentoring practice, theoretical viewpoints on honors education, or other content relevant to honors teaching and learning. Preference will be given to evidence-based practice and theory. Digital projection is not required but will be available in each conference room.

Session Formats

Single Paper: One or more authors present their work on a single  topic for 30-40 minutes, leaving 10-20 minutes for audience questions and discussion.

Symposium: Focused session in which 2-3 speakers present information unified by a common theme, issue, or question. Each speaker should be limited to 10-15 minutes to allow 10-15 minutes for audience questions and discussion. A discussant should be identified, who will keep each speaker to their allotted time and moderate audience participation. The discussant may offer insight or remarks on the individual papers but is not required to do so.

Roundtable: One or more authors present a short introduction to the topic that provides relevant information on which to base a discussion. The bulk of the session is spent in conversation between audience members and presenters. One presenter should serve as moderator to ensure the conversation remains focused on the topic and multiple attendees have an opportunity to participate.

Submission Instructions

Submissions should be made through the electronic portal link below. The portal will require authors to provide the proposal title, abstract, authors, institution(s), and a 2-3 page proposal.

  • The title, author name(s), and author affiliation(s) should be typed into the form as they will appear in the program.
  • The abstract can be pasted or typed directly into the form. It should be 250-300 words.
  • Session format preference should be indicated via checkbox on the form.
  • The proposal should be uploaded as a PDF document. It should be 2-3 pages and provide clear descriptions of the proposal topic, background, and relevance. Papers and symposia should also provide clear descriptions of the methods or approach, and conclusions drawn from the work. Roundtable proposals should include a compelling explanation for why the topic will be fruitful for robust discussion, and provide sample questions to be posed to the audience.

Proposals received by May 31st will be considered. Click here to begin your submission!


Conference registration will open August 1st. The estimated registration fee is $20 per person.


For more information, please contact

Stay the night (or two!) and make it a weekend in beautiful Southeastern Massachusetts

The south coast of the state is fun all year and very beautiful in the fall. Visit New Bedford, an historic, revitalized city that offers cobblestone streets and charming shops, wonderful restaurants, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, hiking, and much more. Or head just 45 minutes east to Cape Cod for seaside dining, art galleries, beach combing, and charming inns. Providence is just 30 minutes to our west, where you can enjoy galleries, art museums, fine dining, Roger Williams Park and Zoo, shopping, river cruises and boat tours, and more. Visit these helpful sites to see details on where to stay and what to do.


The UMass Dartmouth Dean's office gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions given in support of this conference by the following:
The Commonwealth Honors Council
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Provost's Office
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Office of Faculty Development
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