CANCELLED. 2nd International Conference in Innovative Teaching: Applying New Approaches to Improve Higher Education (IACIT@RCC)


Monday, April 27, 2020 (All day) to Tuesday, April 28, 2020 (All day)


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA.

Following a successful inaugural conference in 2019, we are pleased to announce the 2nd International Annual Conference in Innovative Teaching: Applying New Approaches to Improve Higher Education (IACIT@RCC), which will take place at the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard on April 27-28, 2020.

IACIT@RCC aims to contribute to the development of innovative techniques in teaching. For this second edition, special emphasis will be placed upon the application of new approaches aimed at improving higher education, ranging from students’ active participation to the use of new technologies in the higher education environment. Owing to a combination of factors, higher education students have traditionally taken a passive role inside the classroom. Thus, a central topic to be explored during this conference will be the degree to which students should become active participants in their own learning, both inside and outside the classroom. In relation to this, the conference also seeks to examine the variety of tools and dynamics that can be implemented to foster students’ active engagement, namely by investigating the best practices to follow in order to improve the ways we teach and lecture in higher education contexts. Technological innovation is driving change in all aspects of society, and teaching should therefore evolve by taking into consideration the potential of new technological trends and possibilities to transform the learning/teaching process. Thus, another central point of reflection in this conference will be the role that technology plays in education, analyzing which technical innovations should be adopted, how and why. 


For this second edition, the organizing committee welcomes proposals that deal with the application of new teaching and learning approaches to improve higher education. Given the multidisciplinary character of research on innovative education, the committee will consider explorations coming from all disciplines in higher education, from STEM to human and social sciences. Additionally, we especially encourage the presentation of research examining these topics from a practical perspective and through the sharing of experiences and best practices. Therefore, the scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following major topics and its applications in higher education:

- Application of new methodological trends
- Challenges of instructors’ education
- Curriculum, instruction and assessment
- Digital learning materials
- Educational technologies, technological solutions for knowledge construction
- Gamification
- Innovative educational research methodologies
- Innovative solutions of transformative education
- Innovative techniques for teaching critical thinking and reasoning
- Integration of online and blended learning models
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
- Student-centered methodologies
- Use of social media for teaching and learning

Guidelines for participants

Applicants interested in participating are kindly encouraged to send an abstract up to 250 words, including 6 keywords, title, author(s), and affiliation(s). The call is open for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and professors from any institution. We especially encourage the participation of young scholars at the beginning stages of their teaching careers in higher education. Proposals must be written in English. You should submit your abstract HERE.

Key Dates

Submission deadline: February 28, 2020

Author notification: March 22, 2020
Early bird registration deadline: April 1, 2020
Final registration deadline: April 16, 2020
Full Conference Program: April 17, 2020
Conference dates: April 27-28, 2020

Conference Fees

Early bird registration fee: $50.
Full conference fee: $80.

Any further inquiries can be directed to the scientific committee using this online form

Conference Organizers: RCC Postdoctoral Research Fellows at Harvard University: Alba Carrillo Vega, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; Diego Chapinal Heras, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of the Classics at Harvard University; Eva Gil González, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Maria Luisa Gil, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; Briseida Sofia Jiménez, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School; Irene Lebrusán Murillo, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School; Alejandro Llanos Garrido, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Bioinformatics for the FAS Informatics Group, Harvard University; Marta Pérez Rando, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the MassGeneral Institute of Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND) and affiliate of Harvard Medical School; Alfonso Sánchez-Moya, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Government (FAS), Harvard University.

Sponsors: RCC; Postdocs@RCC.