BOF: Evidence-Based Practices in Humanities Pedagogy (Meets 11/9 & 11/16)

November 16, 2020

In a world where STEM skills, values, and careers increasingly dominate, what methods of humanities instruction will transparently convey to students core competencies and their value? We invite humanities-based instructors and educational developers to join us to: Introductory session: Articulate core humanistic competencies, and benefits to examining pedagogy at the level of the humanitiesDuring the conference: Catalog evidence-based literature, and institutional programming, around humanities pedagogy that is shared during sessionsWrap-Up session: Identify partners and projects for continued collaboration in gathering, creating, and disseminating resources on evidence-based practices in humanities pedagogy

BOF: State Systems & Multi-Campus Developers

November 16, 2020

Many state and multi-campus systems of higher education have people responsible for professional learning across multiple campuses. We invite birds of this feather to join us on 11/9 to compare how we have spent our time in 2020 compared to 2019 and share conference plans. On 11/16, we will reconvene to share conference takeaways, including one thing that each needs help with from this group and one thing each has to offer. In between, we will facilitate a backchannel conversation about how sessions we attend speak to our work and our unique positions in educational development.

BOF: Trauma-informed pedagogy and practice in the context of a global pandemic

November 16, 2020

Together, we will explore the COVID-19 global pandemic as a type of macro trauma, exploring how it impacts our day-to-day lived experiences, examining trauma-informed pedagogies that support the health and well-being of students and those who teach them. Throughout the conference, participants are encouraged to utilize a trauma-informed lens to understand the content of the sessions they attend. The final wrap-up session will provide the opportunity to debrief and share our learning with one another about how a trauma-informed lens is helpful - both in the current context of COVID-19 and more broadly in the context of higher ed teaching and learning.

BOF: What Works (or not) in Remote Faculty Development: Perspectives from Faculty & Developers

November 16, 2020

This group will discuss opportunities, strategies, and needs related to designing, enhancing, and optimizing remote faculty development. Our conversations will draw on the perspectives of both faculty and educational developers to address questions like: How can remote faculty development activities strengthen and build relationships both among participants and between facilitators and participants? What unexpected opportunities and challenges does a fully remote faculty developer position entail (whether supporting F2F, online, or hybrid teaching)? What new skills might be needed to adapt to fully remote faculty development? How might remote peer-to-peer professional development flourish?

BOF: Looking Inward, Backward, and Forward to Lead CTLs through the Pandemic

November 16, 2020

Many CTLs have played essential roles in higher education as the pandemic converges with racism. Given leadership challenges, this BOF provides a place to share questions, challenges, and successes. We will reflect together and explore conference paths, to help us anticipate and plan effectively; advance community; learn and lead through shared stories; and promote positive change. We will consider how we can be a grounding factor for our institutions, share resources that help us orient, and find opportunities to ensure positive outcomes. In focusing on reviewing self and center positionality, we hope to build community among us and promote thriving.

BOF: New Faculty Orientation and Beyond

November 16, 2020

Most campuses sponsor new faculty orientations that aspire to establish sound teaching habits among tenure-track, lecturer, and adjunct faculty—but few initiatives report a significant impact on faculty practice. Our initial BoF pre-conference conversation will bring together faculty developers to identify sessions that could yield innovative perspectives on the new faculty orientation, both as a short-term welcome and as a longer-term exploration of policies and practices to build effective faculty careers. An end-of-conference discussion will build approaches to new faculty orientation based on themes that emerged in conference sessions.

BOF: Organizational & Leadership Development: Structuring Community as an Educational Developer

November 16, 2020

Peter Block's emphasis on authentic belonging and connectedness can inform developers' work in fostering leadership and organizational capacity. During the opening BoF session, facilitators will briefly review Block's framework and invite conversation on how these ideas might frame POD conference engagement. In the closing session, facilitators will prompt dialogue on the ways in which POD sessions engaged Block's principles and practices (e.g., nurturing an alternative future, convening meaningful conversations, and listening across differences) and how participants might apply these practices in their own work. Prior familiarity with Block's work is not required.

BOF: Using the Science of Learning to Help Faculty Help Students Learn More Effectively

November 16, 2020

Scholarship on the science of learning focuses on empirical research, theoretical implications, and practical applications related to how people learn and remember, particularly in the classroom. In these BoF sessions, led by educational developers with backgrounds in cognitive psychology, we will first consider what we currently know about the learning literature, including learning myths that permeate the academy, in order to help frame participants' perspectives as they attend POD sessions. In the final session, we will reconvene to share resources and discuss how we might be able to apply the science of learning to concepts encountered during the conference.

BOF: State Systems & Multi-Campus Developers

November 9, 2020

Many state and multi-campus systems of higher education have people responsible for professional learning across multiple campuses. We invite birds of this feather to join us on 11/9 to compare how we have spent our time in 2020 compared to 2019 and share conference plans. On 11/16, we will reconvene to share conference takeaways, including one thing that each needs help with from this group and one thing each has to offer. In between, we will facilitate a backchannel conversation about how sessions we attend speak to our work and our unique positions in educational development.

BOF: Looking Inward, Backward, and Forward to Lead CTLs through the Pandemic

November 9, 2020

Many CTLs have played essential roles in higher education as the pandemic converges with racism. Given leadership challenges, this BOF provides a place to share questions, challenges, and successes. We will reflect together and explore conference paths, to help us anticipate and plan effectively; advance community; learn and lead through shared stories; and promote positive change. We will consider how we can be a grounding factor for our institutions, share resources that help us orient, and find opportunities to ensure positive outcomes. In focusing on reviewing self and center positionality, we hope to build community among us and promote thriving.