The Applied Learning Summer Institute

The Applied Learning Summer Institute

What is The Summer Institute?

Summer Institute SunEvery summer before classes begin, ETEAL hosts a two day conference full of programming and workshops about Applied Learning. This is The Summer Institute, an event where experts from within UNCW and across the nation gather to facilitate workshops on teaching practices and techniques. There are also many activities and discussions within the Institute designed to help Faculty and Staff understand Applied Learning here at UNCW, to formulate Applied Learning lesson plans, to understand how to get the resources and support they need to carry out an Applied Learning initiative, and so much more. If you're interested in hearing more about how this year's Summer Institute went, check out the Summer Institute Report!

The 2018 Applied Learning Summer Institute

Register now for the 2018 Applied Learning Summer Institute - 7/25 and 7/26

Each year the Applied Learning Summer Institute offers all UNCW Faculty, Staff, administrators, and Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant with a wide array of opportunities to develop new applied learning pedagogy, discover the projects and developments happening in departments across UNCW, form connections and start collaborations with other applied learning practitioners, and so much more. The 2018 Summer Institute is a collaborative effort between the Applied Learning Teaching Community (ALTC), ETEAL, and many other campus partners including CTE/CFL, the office of e-Learning, OIP, OSLE, and many others!

Click Here to Register Now!

Registration is free to all UNCW Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Graduate students, and New Faculty are encouraged to attend! Breakfast and Lunch are provided for all attendees on both days of the Summer Institute and there will be a Keynote Reception prior to the Keynote address on July 25th. For more information click the registration link above or contact We look forward to seeing you there!

The 2018 Applied Learning Summer Institute Schedule

Our summary schedule for the 2018 Summer Institute is now live! Click Here or follow the link below to download a quick overview of our Summer Institute sessions and opportunities! A more extensive schedule will be available in the Summer Institute packet each attendee receives upon checking in during the Institute.

Past Summer Institutes

The 2017 Applied Learning Summer Institute

Our 2017 Applied Learning Summer Institute featured more than sixteen and a half hours of programming, many of which featured our nationally acclaimed keynote speaker Todd Zakrajsek! Over the course of two days, Faculty and Staff from across UNCW engaged critically with ideas and concepts related to learner-centered teaching, including a lot of great ideas about the importance of applied learning in lectures. For additional details and information see our Applied Learning Summer Institute report for 2017 below. 

The 2017 Summer Institute Report

The 2016 Applied Learning Summer Institute

2016 ETEAL Applied Learning Summer Institute

The 2016 Summer Institute saw more than 100 attendees engage in two full days of hands-on, applied workshops, sessions, presentations, and events between July 26th and July 27th. Keynote Speaker Dr. Linda Nilson presented an excellent address and workshop on creating self-regulated learners and strategies to help students improve their own self-awareness and learning skills. With more attendees and activities than ever, the 2016 Applied Learning Summer Institute provided a wealth of opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators to all share their applied learning experiences and insights as well as form new collaborative partnerships!

2016 Applied Learning Summer Institute Presentations, Resources, and Materials:

The 2016 Summer Institute Report

The 2015 Applied Learning Summer Institute

The 2015 Applied Learning Summer Institute

Between July 28th and 29th in 2015, ETEAL and the ALTC hosted our fourth annual Applied Learning Summer Institute and engaged over 80 UNCW faculty, staff, and administrators in two days of hands-on applied learning experiences. From our Be-a-Student experiences that put participants in the role of students entering an applied learning course to Dr. Tricia Kelley's keynote address, the 2015 Summer Institute provided more applied learning opportunities than ever before. For more information on the Summer Institute, please see our 2015 Digital Packet, along with other materials hosted below.

2015 Summer Institute Report

ALSI 2015 Tools and Technology session

The 2014 Applied Learning Summer Institute

Summer Institute 2014 Table DiscussionsThe 2014 Summer Institute was our largest yet with over 70 staff and faculty members in attendance. Featuring nationally-recognized speakers Peg Weissinger (Dee Fink & Associates) and Laura Cruz (Western Carolina University) For more information on the event itself, you can read the Executive Summary of our report on the Summer Institute or our Full Report for more in-depth information and discussions:

Summer Institute Resources - by Year