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Call for Proposals

Event Description

The 2017 ATXpo is a one-day event on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 that will bring together faculty members, instructors, students and staff from Stanford University, University of California (UC), Berkeley, UC-San Francisco, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University and St. Mary's College of California to share, discuss and promote effective practices for teaching and learning with technology. This year’s event will continue to foster new collaborations between participants by showcasing projects, pedagogies and practices that have supported excellent teaching and learning in the Bay Area.

About the IdeaLab

The IdeaLab will feature exhibitors that showcase practices, projects, and technologies that are improving teaching and learning at the participating institutions. Unlike traditional poster sessions, the IdeaLab will encourage exhibitors and participants to actively engage with each other through play, experimentation, and collaboration. Exhibitors will focus their presentations around the central teaching and learning challenge they addressed, and how their solution might be adopted by other participants. Each exhibit will be required to have materials available on site or online so that participants can begin to use that resource.


IdeaLab participants are invited to submit a proposal that clearly articulates:

  • a summary of your course, activity, tool or instructional method
  • the teaching or learning challenge being addressed
  • the evidence of impact from your project
  • and how this project could be adapted to serve other courses, activities or teaching challenges.


Current faculty, students and staff members from Stanford University, University of California (UC), Berkeley, UC-San Francisco, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, and St. Mary's College of California are invited to submit a proposal.

Examples from the 2016 IdeaLab

  • Tabitha Hart, San Jose State University, Department of Communication Studies, Center for Community Learning and Leadership, "Supporting Students and Service Sites (S4)" - Service-learning/Community Engagement (SL/CE) is a variety of experiential learning that couples two distinct but complementary components — academic learning and community service. This combination creates a civic learning experience in which students are introduced to key concepts, which they then observe firsthand while engaging in service in their local community. In support of campus-wide SL/CE, SJSU is now pioneering its own unique version of an open-source, CSU-supported database. This database, called SJS4, is designed to facilitate the tracking, management, and reporting of all SL/CE activities. The SJS4 will be used in all SL/CE classes (and all internship courses) starting this year.
  • John Scott, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education; Center for New Media, "Flipped Learning with SuiteC" - This project explores the use of SuiteC tools in adapting the in-person course to online/blended format. This unique course organizes instructional and student content in the SuiteC Asset Library using hashtags, integrates a number of creative learning activities using the SuiteC Whiteboard, including remixing and repurposing content for deep synthesis. The course has run 3 semesters, and has significantly increased enrollment while providing a more active learning environment.    Materials: SuiteC Project Site
  • Marcus Ferrone, University of California, San Francisco, Clinical Pharmacy, "International Deployment of a Simulated Learning Environment for the Development of Dispensing Competencies" - An innovative program, MyDispense, has been developed to help students develop their dispensing skills systematically at a level of detail corresponding to their knowledge and experience. MyDispense replicates the decision-making environment within which dispensing occurs deprived of the reminders and prompts. This architecture supplies the opportunity for students to learn by making mistakes and failing in a safe and secure environment. By creating a online pharmacy for students, pharmacy schools now possess a viable option for students to develop valuable dispensing skills. UCSF has collected data from 2014 to demonstrate achieving the first two levels of the Kirkpatrick pyramid.
  • Shawn Kim, Stanford University, Graduate School of Education, "Inquiry based learning platform SMILE" - SMILE is a mobile learning management server software designed by Graduate School of Education IT team to help students study school subject matter, develop higher order learning skills and generate transparent real-time learning analytics. SMILE combines a mobile-based question application for students with a management application for teachers. The technology allows students to create multiple-choice questions on mobile phones during class and share these questions with their classmates and teacher.
    For more IdeaLab examples, please see last year's IdeaLab archives.


Submit IdeaLab Proposal

Important Dates

  • Proposal process open: June 26th
  • Proposal process close: August 25th
  • Proposals reviewed by our committee: August 28th - September 1st
  • Awardees notified: September 4th

Selection Process

The 2017 ATXpo Advisory Board will review and prioritize the proposals based on the extent to which they address the criteria described below.

IdeaLab Resources

IdeaLab exhibitors will receive the following:

  • complimentary registration for the 2017 ATXpo
  • exhibit space that includes a screen/projector and a table
  • help setting up your exhibit the morning of the ATXpo
  • assistance uploading your materials to the VPTL ATXpo website
  • publicity for your project through event marketing and documentation.

Contact Information

Michael Rouan (mrouan at stanford dot edu)