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Present at the NERDS Conference

Deadline to Submit for NERDS 2024: Friday, May 24

Join your colleagues to collaborate, connect, and reflect at the 2nd Annual Neoteric Educational Research and Development Symposium – NERDS! A symposium by and for EFSC faculty, NERDS 2024 will begin with a face-to-face slate of peer-led presentations, posters, and discussions on Friday, October 18, with opportunities for online poster sessions the following week.

Sponsored by the Professional Development Council, review this page for all the current details, plus themes and how to submit your abstract!

The reviews are in: NERDS is a hit with college faculty.

Last year’s inaugural event was a one-week online poster conference with eight sessions and 15 participants across several disciplines. Here are just some of the comments:

"I thought all the facilitators did just a GREAT JOB with their videos and their varying subject-areas. I loved the back-and-forth of the discussion boards, and I loved the energy of hearing faculty say 'I didn't know about that' — so cool!" 

"I surprisingly enjoyed the experience more than anticipated. It was very informative. More importantly, the information is useful and I'm able to enhance my classroom strategies!"

"I really enjoyed learning how our high-flying educators (in house) demonstrate stellar and dynamic ideas in the classroom." 

NERDS 2024 Themes, Presentation Options & Schedule

This year’s THEMES
  1. AI — What are you doing with Artificial Intelligence? What has AI done for/to you?
  2. Student engagement online through Regular Substantive Interaction (RSI). How does it work in your classroom?
  3. Reflections and Lessons from Online Course Development training (OCDD/OCDD+). What concepts or techniques have you put into your own practice?
  4. Online Course Tools: Whether face-to-face, hybrid or online, how do you use online tools to improve your classes?
  5. Universal Course Design: Do you have tips to share that improve accessibility for students?

How to Submit Your Abstract

Anyone who teaches at EFSC is eligible to present. Submit your abstract in a WORD document via email to by Friday, May 24, 2024. Applicants will receive suggested revisions and feedback by Friday, June 14. Final abstracts should then be submitted by Friday, August 30, with more symposium details and presenter logistics provided via email.

All abstract submissions must include the following in your Word document:

Remember, submit abstracts by May 24th to:

TenTative October 18, 2024 Schedule

The on-campus symposium is currently scheduled to take place on Friday, October 18 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM with the exact on-campus location to be provided soon. It will include two 45-minute sessions of concurrent presentations, separated by a coffee break and a 45-minute session of the three-minute micro-lectures, and will wrap up with a luncheon and closing session sponsored by United Faculty of Florida.

For questions, contact Katina Gothard, PDC Chair at