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 30 minutes in length and 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 45-minute format is ideal for getting to know people who may be facing similar issues to you, exploring new ideas, and sharing practices.

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 2020 POD Network Conference website. All sessions are available on-demand. 

Poster Sessions will be hosted asynchronously on the 2020 POD Network Conference website. All sessions are available on-demand.

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. Most pre-conference workshops are three hours in length. Fewer six-hour sessions are offered and are reserved for proposals that provide a clear rationale for needing the longer session. Pre-conference schedules for the 2020 POD Network Conference will take place Spring 2021 and will be presented in a hybrid format (asynchronous plus synchronous elements).

Session Topics

All sessions are identified by one to three topics from the list below.

  • 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 the identities and experiences of under-represented or marginalized populations in higher education or educational development as well as sessions that discuss how to advance social justice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Storytelling: Discussions, demonstrations, and/ or reflections on the practice and value of different forms of storytelling in professional development, teaching, and leadership.
  • 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.