A Note from Jordan Troisi, the ACT Director (posted August 28, 2020)
This year's Annual Conference on Teaching will take place in virtual form. We're looking forward to welcoming you to Virtual ACT 2020, October 4-10!
The full suite of Virtual ACT (link requires login) programming and materials will be available to STP members. If you are not yet an STP member, we recommend becoming a member today to get in on the action! To access all Virtual ACT programming and materials, you'll first need to login to the STP webpage.
Virtual ACT will feature three types of programming and materials: synchronous sessions, asynchronous "on-demand" videos, and an e-book compilation of all accepted abstracts for ACT.
Virtual ACT attendees can access the synchronous sessions through the STP website at the time specified on the Virtual ACT schedule (to be distributed soon). STP members may attend these sessions in a Zoom meeting room or in our overflow STP YouTube livestream channel.
Asynchronous or "on-demand" videos of presentations will be available on the ACT website later in September. These can be accessed as your schedule allows.
The e-book compilation of all accepted abstracts for ACT will be available for distribution on the STP website before the end of 2020.
Information and instructions about all of these presentation types has already been communicated with those who submitted work for ACT. In the coming weeks we will provide a full update to the website for ACT with all the information included here and more. We'll also point you in the right direction so you can participate in our synchronous sessions! We'll also soon release the full synchronous session schedule as soon as it is available. Stay tuned to the STP newsletter, the listerv, the ACT website, and STP social media for the schedule.
Director, Annual Conference on Teaching
A Note from Jordan Troisi, the ACT Director (posted July 30, 2020)
Earlier this month, we provided a substantial update to the plans for the Annual Conference on Teaching, which we will move to the virtual realm for ACT 2020. I now have a few additional updates to share with you.
First, registration to Virtual ACT will be free for all STP members. You may check the status of your membership by visiting here.
Second, because of the many challenges this transition presents, we have begun the process of selecting only a handful of presentations that we can make a part of Virtual ACT. By mid-August, we hope to have reached out to all submitters to ACT to let them know the ways they will be able to take part in Virtual ACT 2020. Though none of us were hoping for a Virtual ACT, we do hope that the strong lineup of presentations will be relevant and important for the ways we are thinking about teaching in this day and age. Though virtual, ACT 2020 will still be the best of teaching programming.
We will be in touch with more information for our accepted presenters and our Virtual ACT attendees in the coming weeks and months. When it is developed, we look forward to sharing with you a schedule for Virtual ACT 2020, as well as a stellar set of teaching ideas and resources.
Director, Annual Conference on Teaching
It is with a heavy heart that I write you today. I am saddened to report that we will be unable to host an in-person version of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) this October 8-10. For reasons that will be detailed at greater length below, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it impossible for us to convene––or reconvene––this year, an experience that I know many of us cherish.
Instead of our in-person gathering this fall, we will be hosting a virtual version of ACT ("Virtual ACT"). Before delving into the details of what that means for ACT and what that means for you, let me first speak from the heart a bit. These are hard times for higher education, for our country, and for the people we all care about. These are hard times for those of us who have helped to make the very difficult decisions related to ACT this fall. These are hard times for me, too. As many of you know, this fall’s ACT will be the last one for which I serve as the Director. And I’ll say now what has become the clichéd refrain of the last 5 months: “this is not how I wanted this to go.” This is not how I wanted ACT 2020 to go, and this is not how I wanted to go out when it comes to ACT. I will probably say more about this at a later date, but please understand that this was not a decision that we, or I, have taken lightly. On the contrary, it is a decision that weighed so heavily on me.
Rationale for moving to Virtual ACT
There are many factors that contributed to our decision to move ACT into the virtual realm. Here are just a few:
What the future holds for ACT 2020
It would be impossible to recreate a normal ACT in a virtual form. So much of what’s valuable at ACT happens in the interpersonal domain in a physical space: the conversations with colleagues before or after symposia, the chance meetings in the hallways, the discussions that continue well into the evening. Successful conference events are people-focused, and that looks quite a bit different––but not impossible––with a virtual approach. We are planning a Virtual ACT that will still serve the major goals we have for ACT, but through a different pathway.
Here are the types of programming that we anticipate will be a part of virtual ACT 2020 (please note, circumstances may require these to change):
Procedures and the pathway forward
Those of you receiving this message may fit into many different roles. We hope to clarify what this change in ACT means to you with the information below, and in the weeks to come when we unveil more details, but please let us know if you have any questions:
In the coming weeks, we will have more details about these pathways forward. But we wanted to communicate this information with you now, so that you know what’s ahead. We look forward to working with you, hearing from you, and constructing a Virtual ACT that we can all be proud of. Thank you, as always, for being such delightful and hardworking colleagues.