Session Types

Interactive Sessions combine brief presentations or panel discussions with methods designed to engage participants. Session leaders are encouraged to incorporate meaningful activities as appropriate, selecting from a variety of methods such as presentation, demonstration, discussion, application, feedback, group and individual work, and role-playing.

  • Live Interactive Sessions are 45 minutes in length and will be hosted daily on Zoom at the scheduled times. Session materials will be made available online at the conference website, and recordings of the sessions will be available after the event.
  • On-Demand Interactive Sessions are video-based presentations that are available throughout the conference on the conference website. Session materials are also available for download on the conference website

Roundtable Discussions provide an opportunity for various kinds of interactions in a smaller group setting (10-15 people), such as discussion of a concept, approach, program, issue, case study, or reading. This 60-minute format is ideal for getting to know people who may be facing similar issues to you, exploring new ideas, and sharing practices. To accomplish the goal of more focused and personal conversations, attendance for roundtable discussions will be limited to 30 participants.

Workshop in a Box Sessions provide an opportunity for you to see successful workshops in action and walk away with all the materials you need to adapt the workshop for your own context. Presenters will present a workshop they have successfully facilitated in the past on their campuses as they would to faculty (or other stakeholders) and share materials that will allow you to adapt the workshop for your context. Workshops are scheduled for 60 minute time slots with the last 10 minutes reserved for participant questions.

Research Sessions allow for sharing of the growing amount of research that POD Network members are undertaking, both about teaching/learning and our own professional work. These sessions will be hosted asynchronously on the 2021 POD Network Conference website. All sessions are available on-demand. 

Poster Sessions will be hosted asynchronously on the 2021 POD Network Conference website. All sessions are available on-demand.

Q&A Sessions are an opportunity for Question and Answer (Q&A) time with presenters who presented an on demand session. There’s no presentations, just the time and space for attendees to talk with on demand presenters about the work they have shared at the conference this year. The on demand sessions have been clustered around shared themes with multiple presenters available to discuss their own work as well as offer multiple perspectives on a shared topic of interest. Each Q&A session is scheduled for 60 minutes; attendees are invited to jump in and out to join discussions on multiple themes or stay for the entire time.

Please see the Conference Schedule — and filter by session type — for all interactive sessions, roundtable discussions, research sessions, and poster sessions.

Pre-Conference Workshops emphasize learning-by-doing and provide participants the opportunity to explore topics in depth through a combination of hands-on activities, reflection, and discussion. Pre-conference schedules for the 2021 POD Network Conference were presented throughout October 2021.

Session Topics

All sessions are identified by one to three topics as well as intended audience designation as listed below. Click the topic or audience titles for a list of relevant sessions.


  • Adjunct & Part-time Faculty Development: Programs and services offered to advance and support the teaching of adjunct and part-time faculty.
  • Assessment: Practices and methods for measuring the effectiveness of educational development programs and services, including processes for documenting and reporting the outcomes of these measurements.
  • Development of Educational Developers: Sessions focused on improving or enhancing our own practices and processes.
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Sessions that focus on inclusive policies and strategies that advance social justice, equity, and inclusion. For example, creating, advancing, and sustaining equitable organizational structures; building capacity within centers and/or among members; and/or affirming the voices, identities, and experiences of those who are typically under-represented in educational development specifically or historically marginalized populations in higher education in general.
  • Faculty Professional Development: Professional development for faculty across their career, including leadership development, coaching, mentorship, personal development, self-reflection, vitality, wellness, and growth.   
  • Graduate and Professional Student and Postdoc Development: Programs and services offered to advance and support the teaching of post-baccalaureate students and postdocs.
  • Healthcare Educational Development: Sessions for educational developers that work in the  field of healthcare, interprofessional professional education, and clinical instruction.
  • Mindfulness and Contemplative Pedagogy: Sessions focused on deepening awareness, improving concentration and focus, broadening insight and perspective, strengthening compassion, and lowering stress and anxiety.
  • Online, Hybrid, and/or Asynchronous Teaching & Learning: Sessions about working with faculty teaching fully or partially online, about online course design & development, and about programs that support these efforts.
  • Organizational Development: Presentations that discuss the development of institutional initiatives and the role of educational development units in change management within institutions and organizations.
  • Research & Scholarship (SoTL, DBER, SoED): Systematic investigations of educational development, teaching, and learning, using rigorous data collection and analytic methods; including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL); Discipline-Based Educational Research (DBER), Scholarship of Educational Development (SoED), and Learning Analytics.
  • Signature Programs, Program Planning, &/or Curricula: Programs and services offered by educational developers in centers and other units (e.g., workshops, institutes, learning communities, certificates, awards, and other types of recognition), as well as the strategic plans and curricula that provide guidance and structure to those programs.
  • Start-up: Establishing and growing centers, programs, projects, or organizations.
  • STEM: Practices, processes, theories, or techniques advancing teaching and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  • Teaching & Learning in Practice: Discussions, models, and reflection on teaching and learning methods, processes, theories, and techniques, such as evidence-based teaching practices, cognitive learning science, assessment of student learning, and the like.
  • Technology: Current or new technologies that support teaching, program, or organizational development, including critical perspectives on the effective use of educational technology.

Audience Designation