About the Conference

About PolyTeach

PolyTeach “Technology & the Innovative University” is an annual Cal Poly Pomona conference which provides an opportunity for campus conversations about technology, particularly highlighting the creative ways that faculty use technology to support student learning. The PolyTeach concept emerged in 2011, following then-President Ortiz’s Convocation address in which he emphasized the need for Cal Poly Pomona to use digital technologies to support high quality teaching and learning activities. The Deans’ Council suggested a campus conference to highlight the creative ways in which Cal Poly Pomona faculty were already using technology, and to discuss the future of technology on campus. The first PolyTeach event occurred in April 2012 – in conjunction with the 15th Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching. It’s time to bring PolyTeach and the Symposium together again!

About the CSU Symposium on University Teaching

The CSU Symposium recognizes and advances excellent instructional practice, disseminates innovative ideas, promotes collaboration, and encourages the continued exploration of teaching. Over the years, the Symposium has grown from a small regional gathering to an all-CSU and even all-California teaching & learning conference. The Symposium features peer-reviewed presentations which communicate the CSU faculty’s outstanding commitment to excellent teaching leading to student success. Different CSU campuses around California host the Symposium. This is Cal Poly Pomona’s third time to host, and we’re honored to do so especially on the 20th anniversary of this learning-centered event. The Symposium is generously supported by the CSU Chancellor’s Office Institute for Teaching & Learning.

About “Productive Disruption”

If someone’s future is a function of their zip code, and education is basically the only factor which can change that math, then the CSU may be the most productively disruptive institution in existence (The Equality of Opportunity Project, 2017). The Graduation 2025 Initiative aims to make the disruption even more productive by proactively seeking out and addressing all the big and small ways that students can be unproductively held back. Although GI 2025 includes a lot of behind-the-scenes strategies such as technology-enhanced advising and scheduling and clarifying paths to degree and improving curricula alignment with K-12 and helping community colleges ensure college readiness -- what we faculty do in the classrooms is the single most influential element for students’ success.

As we’re all probably aware, a “disruption” in the technology world is a new idea or a new application of an old idea that changes the way we all do things, hopefully for the better. So the conference theme Productive Disruption asks us these questions as faculty:  What do we do that we wish we could get everyone in our department to do? What are we doing in our classrooms or with our students that’s out of the ordinary and helps them think more deeply, achieve more ambitiously, succeed more forthrightly? Ultimately, what are we willing to change, and change widely, to get the best results for our students?

PolyTeach/Symposium Planning Committee – Cal Poly Pomona crew

  • Victoria Bhavsar, Director, Faculty Center for Professional Development and eLearning
  • Kevin Colaner, Associate Vice President for Student Services
  • Edward Coronado, Bronco Tutoring Program Coordinator, Learning Resource Center (LRC)
  • April Dawn, Lead, Senior Instructional Designer, eLearning
  • Lea Dopson, Dean, Collins College of Hospitality Management
  • Lisa Kessler, Interim Dean, Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture
  • Linchi Kwok, Assistant Professor, Collins College of Hospitality Management
  • Lucas Lanting, Director of Academic Technology Support, Division of Information Technology
  • Gabriel Pardo, Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Food Science
  • Catherine Schmitt Whitaker, Executive Director of Accessible Technology, Division of Information Technology